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Tower Hamlets has legal responsibility to protect archive and listen to the people

PUBLISHED: 15:51 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

Dear Sir, Stepney Historical Trust has urged that while our utmost concern should be to protect and develop our East End archives, we also inject some forward thinking into Tower Hamlets council, which has a legal responsibility to protect the archive and the moral obligation to listen to the people

Dear Editor,

THE Stepney Historical Trust has urged over many years that while our utmost concern should be to protect and develop our East End archives, we also inject some forward thinking into Tower Hamlets council.

We could develop a historical-educational trust for the benefit our children as well as have an accessible archive for the thousands of families, students and researchers all over the world who want to use this service more fully.

The history of London's East End alone is comparable to any city in Britain. But through lack of direction and having no real centre, our history has been devalued to 'Jack the Ripper and the Krays.'

If there should be another public consultation, we hope we can put forward a constructive plan that encompasses the Wiener Library and such other collections. We have lost generations of our industrial and social history through the lack of organisation.

The Stepney Historical Trust would be proud to help and sponsor a conference with an agenda of definite objects which could help the progress and preservation of the richness, colour and importance of this archive for the history of the East End.

Tower Hamlets council has a legal responsibility to protect the archive. But it also has the moral obligation not only to listen to the people but act on a positive agenda.

Julie Hunt

Stepney Historical Trust

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