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Unearthing the Hidden Histories of Poplar

The Tommy Flowers

6 February - 29 February

With support from The Heritage Fund, these are the first large outputs from a project to unearth the hidden histories of the Aberfeldy Estate in Poplar, beginning when the area was first developed in the mid 14th Century up to the 1970s, when this first series of exhibited prints from photographs were originally created.

This parade along Aberfeldy Street was organised by local resident Tommy Shotter, whose family loaned us the original prints that feature many people who still live on the estate or who return regularly to visit friends and family.

Unearthing the Hidden Histories of Poplar‘ continues throughout 2020 and we are asking for more contributions of archival photographs of the area, from personal collections, to offer an alternative view of heritage to those held in official archives.


Fitzrovia Noir CIC
The Tommy Flowers
50 Aberfeldy Street
E14 0NU




Opening reception with Nicholas Joubinaux in attendance

We’d be delighted to be able to digitally scan other photographic prints or related ephemera on the history of the Aberfeldy Estate, if any visitors owning such items would like to contribute. All originals will be returned directly after being scanned.

Getting to: The Tommy Flowers

The Tommy Flowers is in walking distance of a range of DLR stations: East India, All Saints and Langdon Park, plus Canning Town on the DLR/Jubilee Line, which connects with the 309 bus route, a ten minute journey.

Because of massive development in the immediate area, the walking route from East India is currently indirect, so we recommend the 309 bus that also runs from Bethnal Green. There is also a TFL cycle hire rack opposite and free parking after 5:30pm weekdays and free all weekend.

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