Raw Materials is an ongoing research project led by the Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts. We are exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through a series of materials. We began with wood and we are now looking at textiles.

Explore this website to find out more about our industrial history. You can read about the stories behind the objects we have found in archives and follow their location along the River Lea using our map.

Raw Materials is made possible with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our partners for Raw Materials: Textiles are The Drapers’ Company, London College of Fashion (LCF), The Jewish Museum London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, William Morris Gallery, and local archives from Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

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