Report out now

Our report on women-led activism in East London is out now.

Get the report here

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The report covers nearly 150 years of women-led activism in East London, from the Matchgirls in 1888 to Sisters Uncut in 2016. It has been compiled following extensive archive research and oral history interviews. While these stories have existed in various locations, this is the first time they have been pulled together in a concise form.

The report complements the app and exhibition, which both launched this month. It provides a more indepth look at these women, with a wider collection of stories.

Get the report here

The report was made possible by the support and dedication of our team of volunteers, to whom we’re very grateful, and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

App launched – download it now

Our app – In Our Footsteps – is now available to download.

> Download it for iPhone here

> Download it for Android here

The app takes you on a tour of 150 years of women-led activism, featuring photos and personal testimonies from those who were there. And those of you who don’t live near East London can still enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.


The app was launched earlier this month at Gnome House, coinciding with the private view of our exhibition, which will be at the community centre for the whole of September.


It was a difficult task trying to edit down the huge number of stories we’d collected as part of this story. Leaving any out seemed a crime. We’ve tried to capture as many as we could across the app and exhibition, and encourage you to explore both if you can.


It has been a delight and a privilege to work on this under reported part of history. I hope you will download the free app to learn and spread the word about the amazing women.