From Artisans to Imports

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Past Event


This event was on Saturday 26th September, 11 – 1.30pm

Discover the rich history of artisan trade and imports in Aldgate fed by the Thames from the Huguenot silk weavers to today with Archivist Pamela Sepúlveda and Artist Dor Duncan. Explore how Whitechapel Gallery and artists have engaged with local trades and social histories including artists Stephen Willats, Ian Berry, Marketa Luskacova, Nedko Solakov and the Banner Bright Exhibition.

Get special hands-on access to the fascinating Whitechapel Gallery archives and use what you find in a creative workshop.

Free. For ages 15-21 only. To book, please contact

The Aldgate Partnership in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery as part of the Totally Thames Festival.

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Totally Thames takes place over the month of September and brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.


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