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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…

JoggBox: Health food and fitness info delivered by post

JoggBox: Health food and fitness info delivered by post

You can’t beat the feeling of receiving a package filled with goodies in the mail, so it’s no wonder start-ups are turning from the inbox to the mailbox. Unsurprisingly, the subscription economy is becoming the business model du jour. Services such as BirchBox and GlossyBox, where subscribers receive a monthly…

Women of the East End: Mary Wollstonecraft

Women of the East End: Mary Wollstonecraft

In the second of a series on influential women from East London in celebration of Women’s History Month, ELL revisits the life and works of writer, philosopher and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. The extraordinary life of Mary Wollstonecraft has left a curious legacy; her revolutionary writings are often overshadowed by…