Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991

Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991An ambitious new project exploring different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham during the 1980s and now.

In partnership with the Institute of Race Relations and supported by Rabbits Road Press we are supporting a diverse group of young people to develop an ambitious new oral history project that will take the history and legacy anti-racist organising in the 1980s as a starting point from which to explore different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham then and now.

Over the next 6 months, a newly-established young people’s group will meet weekly at Old Manor Park Library and develop a programme of public talks, events, screenings and oral history training sessions that begin to situate their own insights and experiences of racism and activism in the context of this history. The project will culminate in an exhibition curated by the young people at Old Manor Park Library in November 2019 (opening 1st November).

Alongside this, we have commissioned award-winning filmmaker Ayo Akingbade to make a new documentary inspired by the history activism in Newham which will be premiered in late 2019.

If you are between 16-30 years old and would like to get involved, either in a workshop, curating the exhibition or attending a talk, please email

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund