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Dan Jones: nursery rhyme collector extraordinaire

Dan Jones: nursery rhyme collector extraordinaire

Dozens of masks line the walls of Dan Jones’ kitchen, occupying all the empty space over the fireplace, the cupboards and his greenly-lit aquarium. Collectors often don’t realise how obvious their pursuits are – while we talk, this white-bearded man feels compelled to point at the multicoloured memorabilia hanging behind…

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

One-Year Anniversary of Welfare Reform Bill A year ago today, the Welfare Reform Bill passed its final hurdle in the Houses of Parliament and came into force. In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the Welfare Reform Bill, over the next four days, ELL will look at how our…

Hackney museum to celebrate its 100th birthday

Hackney museum to celebrate its 100th birthday

The Geffrye Museum in Kingsland Road is celebrating its centenary through a programme of exhibitions and events starting this month with domestic design exhibition Useful + Beautiful: Contemporary Design for the Home. April also marks 300 years since the Grade-1 listing building was built in 1714 as almshouses for poor…

A new era: Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch

A new era: Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch

An estimated 96,000 people are living with HIV in the UK today. 42 per cent of them live in London, with a high concentration in the southeast boroughs. The treatment of HIV has improved vastly over the last few years, with national awareness days – one coming up on April…

Jeff Lowe: Lord of sculpture on art and community

Jeff Lowe: Lord of sculpture on art and community

Referred to by his neighbours as “Lord Havelock”, Sculptor Jeff Lowe has become a public idol and sturdy businessman within south London’s art community. Part-benefactor and part-landlord, he is a father to his two children as well as a community of local artists. Lowe is smartly dressed in jeans and…

Out & proud: the myths around same-sex marriage

Out & proud: the myths around same-sex marriage

Today, the Same Sex Couples Act 2013 comes into effect. To mark the date, ELL talks to one of the first couples to tie the knot in London, about the myths of the same-sex marriage.  Can you imagine a life without the prospect of marriage? At first thought, the answer…

Blooming Marvellous: Spring arrives early in east London

Blooming Marvellous: Spring arrives early in east London

Cherry blossom is coming out over London. It usually blooms over Easter, but this year the bloom has arrived up to four weeks earlier due to the mild winter and warm spell last week. The flowering season has added colours to the streets of London once again. “I walk through Haggerston Park to…

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

She arrives smiley and enthusiastic on her bike, proudly holding the big keys of St John On Bethnal Green church. The show, called Non-Sterile, is Linda Toigo’s first exhibition, the result of over two years’ hard work. Toigo’s art varies from graphic design to paper engineering, covering illustration for books and…

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

An event for the most fashion savvy and unconventional brides and grooms is coming to Hackney next week. A Most Curious Wedding Fair, a bridal show featuring all sorts of vintage and quirky dresses and props, is heading to Hackney Down Studios this spring with exhibitors from the UK, Europe and…

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

In a response to an “excessive workload, unfair pay and changes to pensions”, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will be taking industrial action by going on strike this Wednesday. EastLondonLines took to the streets in New Cross, asking local parents how and if they will be affected.    Claire…