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I hope it’s not too late to avoid act of civic vandalism!

PUBLISHED: 15:58 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I URGE Tower Hamlets to reconsider the sale of Bancroft Library and moving the archives. I am the Rector of St Mary’s, ancient parish church of Bow, hoping to write a history of the church to celebrate its 700th anniversary in 2011. The old Mile End Vestry Hall is itself part of our civic history and ideally suited for the . I hope it's not too late to avoid this act of civic vandalism

Dear Editor,

I URGE Tower Hamlets council to reconsider the sale of Bancroft Library and moving the borough archives.

I am the Rector of St Mary's, the ancient parish church of Bow, and am hoping to write a history of the church and the district to celebrate its 700th anniversary in 2011.

I am also involved in plans to celebrate next year's 150th anniversary of the birth of the great local and national politician George Lansbury.

Both these projects will be greatly hindered by any disruption to the archives service.

I have used the Bancroft archives for nearly 20 years in researching local history and have found them enormously useful and the staff very helpful.

The old Mile End Vestry Hall in Bancroft-road is itself part of our civic history and is ideally suited to house our archives.

Knowing the story of the East End and its people is of vital importance for the future development of our community life, something that we should all treasure and celebrate.

The archives should have better resourcing and funding rather than being relegated and marginalised.

I hope it is not too late to avoid this proposed act of civic vandalism!

The Rev Michael Peet

Rector of St Mary's

Bromley-by-Bow

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