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Tribute garden opens at site of former East London Federation of Suffragettes

PUBLISHED: 15:57 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 September 2018

The party included live music, games, and information on the Suffragettes. Picture: Heather McDonough

The party included live music, games, and information on the Suffragettes. Picture: Heather McDonough

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A project celebrating east London’s women activists marked the opening of a Suffragette tribute garden with a party.

An old-fashioned coconut shy kept people entertained. Picture: Heather McDonoughAn old-fashioned coconut shy kept people entertained. Picture: Heather McDonough

The Women’s Hall Project, run with Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives and the East End Women’s Museum, is exploring the history of east London’s lesser known Suffragettes through a series of events and exhibits.

Last weekend, they held a party to celebrate the creation of a community garden commemorating Sylvia Pankhurst. The garden will be next to the Morpeth Arms pub in Bow, where a Sylvia Pankhurst memorial pays tribute to the wartime distress centre she set up for women in 1915. The garden, in Old Ford Road, is on the site of the form East London Federation of Suffragettes.

The party included live folk music, old-fashioned games, a community kitchen and exhibitions on women’s activism.

On October 11, the project is hosting a discussion of Sally Nicholl’s Things a Bright Girl Can Do, which will be followed by a talk from Women Unite Against Racism. On October 20, there’ll be events to mark the end of an exhibition on women’s rights at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

A community kitchen provided the food, and the new space will include a community herb garden. Picture: Heather McDonoughA community kitchen provided the food, and the new space will include a community herb garden. Picture: Heather McDonough

For the full programme, visit eastendwomensmuseum.org/the-womens-hall.

The Women's Hall project, which ran the party, will come to an end with a series of events on October 20. Picture: Heather McDonoughThe Women's Hall project, which ran the party, will come to an end with a series of events on October 20. Picture: Heather McDonough

The memorial to Sylvia Pankhurst on the Morpeth Arms in Bow, where she set up a wartime distress centre for women in 1915. Picture: Heather McDonoughThe memorial to Sylvia Pankhurst on the Morpeth Arms in Bow, where she set up a wartime distress centre for women in 1915. Picture: Heather McDonough

The garden will be in Old Ford Road, where the East London Federation of Suffragettes used to be based. Picture: Heather McDonoughThe garden will be in Old Ford Road, where the East London Federation of Suffragettes used to be based. Picture: Heather McDonough

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