Rediscovering the Bow Heritage Trail

Tower Hamlets (LBTH) recently commissioned Roman Road Trust to update and modernize The Bow Heritage Trail in content and format, in collaboration with QMUL School of Geography Heritage Management MA students.

The project will assess the local history that is included in the current version that was created in 1990, as well as seeking to make visible aspects of the area’s history that have been hidden or overlooked by creating brand new trails and a new website to host them. These new trails will be informed by and designed in collaboration with local residents of Bow.

Network Centre has supported a collaboration with arts organisation, The Cultural Assembly (TCA) to help realise this by identifying stories that matter to a wide range of local residnets using creative methodologies. TCA is a creative agency that works across digital, participatory and collaborative practices in placemaking. Creative engagement sessions led by TCA included digital upskilling, for example, the use of Instagram filters to tell new stories or perspectives. These enabled the project to include new stakeholders and audiences, complementing the archive research undertaken by students under the supervision of Prof. Alastair Owens.

Local residents were also engaged with the project at QMUL’s Festival of Communities 2022, where they were invited to write events of significance from their own lives onto ‘Bow Heritage Trail’ blue stickers.

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