Search

Archivists start tackling East London Mosque collection

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2013

Archivist Ellis McCarthy gets to grips with some of the material which needs sorting

Archivist Ellis McCarthy gets to grips with some of the material which needs sorting

Archant

Archivists have made a start on the mammoth task of sorting through 100 years worth of history at the East London Mosque.

Funding from the National Archives Cataloguing Grants Programme is allowing the photographs, press cuttings and birth and death records to be sorted.

Once the undertaking is complete, the archives will be opened up to the public – providing a unique insight into the East End’s history.

Assistant director of the East London Mosque Trust Shaynul Khan said: “We want to make this historical treasure accessible to all of our communities.

“This project will highlight some of the key contributors to the development of London’s East End. By the end of this project, one can visit the archives at the East London Mosque for research and academic purposes.”

A full time archivist has now been hired to get to grips with the task.

There are also plans for a dedicated room at the mosque, in Whitechapel, to ensure the documents are preserved in a secure environment.

Humayun Ansari, professor of history of Islam and culture at Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “Given the dearth of accessible documentary material on the Muslim experience in the British Isles, the ELMT archive is a rare but rich storehouse of historical ‘treasures’ about the British Muslim past.

“By making this hidden history available, it offers exciting opportunities both to research scholars from a multiplicity of disciplines as well as to lay people interested in understanding firsthand the history of British Muslim communities and the various ways in which these have engaged with wider society.”

Latest East London News Stories

08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Reports of the recent rise of violent crime in London have been deeply concerning.

Yesterday, 15:00

This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon follows the usual route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

Yesterday, 12:00

High achievers from London and Essex were rewarded for their hard work with a lesson in rowing on the Royal Docks yesterday.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 07:05

Richard Horwood is hoping the open election meeting he is chairing on Tuesday for candidates running for Tower Hamlets mayor doesn’t turn into a disaster where they can’t answer questions about the vital Isle of Dogs’ upcoming Neighbourhood Plan.

Fri, 18:51

Two teenage girls who have been missing from a seaside village for a week could be in Tower Hamlets, police believe.

Fri, 17:01

A four-day festival of baul and vaishnav music returns to Tower Hamlets.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now