German zeppelin takes centre stage at Tower Hamlets exhibition

The zeppelin created by school children who worked with the arts group Emergency Exit Arts.

The zeppelin created by school children who worked with the arts group Emergency Exit Arts. - Credit: Archant

A huge German zeppelin airship created by school children was the centrepiece of a Tower Hamlets exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War.

There were opportunities for young people to get creative at a range of workshops, which explored war-related themes at Sky High in the Pavilion from Munch to Mile End.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “I am pleased Sky High was such a success and inspired residents to delve into the rich history of our past.

“The council organised an extensive cultural programme to mark the centenary which included; talks, walks, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions.”

The exhibition was curated by the council with help of Eastside Community Heritage and the Bishopsgate Institute.

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It presented an overview of the First World War with local stories and moving tributes to highlight some of the many ways east London’s residents were involved in the battle.

Photographs, sound clippings, archived material and newspaper cuttings helped bring the past alive through a multi-media experience.

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A visitor at Sky High said: “It’s so important to never forget the tragedies suffered. It was a very interesting exhibition giving a rare insight into the effects the war had on this area.”

Another added: “It was an amazing exhibition and I especially loved participating in the workshops.”

Cllr Shafiqul Haque explained events would be running right through September, including a talk on wounded soldiers on September 18 at Tower Hamlets history library and a screening of Everything is Possible, which traces the context and impact of the suffragette movement, at the Ideas Store in Bow on September 14.

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