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Tell 2012 bosses just what you think of Olympics, boffins urge

PUBLISHED: 22:09 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

How Olympics stadium will look in 2012

How Olympics stadium will look in 2012

PEOPLE in the five Olympic host’ boroughs are being urged by university boffins to tell the 2012 bosses just what they think of the build-up to the Games. They are invited to have their say about the London Olympics being staged at Stratford for a digital archive going online in September

By Mike Brooke

PEOPLE in the five Olympic host’ boroughs are being urged by university boffins to tell the 2012 bosses just what they think of the build-up to the Games.

Anyone in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest or Greenwich is being invited to have their say about the London Olympics being staged at Stratford for a digital archive going online in September.

The aim is to record the impact on East London over the next three-and-a-half years, in a project by the University of East London's research institute.

“It’s a chance to say what impact the Olympics is having on your life from now until 2012,” said institute director Dr Iain MacRury. “This is the first project of its kind by any Olympic host city.”

Everyone’s experience counts, the researchers promise. The archive will capture’ the narratives of East Londoners and the impacts on their community for future generations.

The archive also has a historical component. Researchers want to hear from anyone old enough to remember the 1948 London Olympics staged at Wembley, as points of comparison with contemporary voices.

The East London Lives 2012 project will be used for future learning, teaching and research at the university and around the world.

Those wanting to take part can contact project manager Dr Mary Smith, on 020-8223 7261.


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