Monthly Archives: January 2012

Research Project: On the road to the Olympic Park

I’m starting voluntary work as a researcher for a charity that supports the learning of architecture, the built environment and design. This work will be for a new online community heritage resource available for the public to use. Each researcher will be assigned a section of the road anywhere from Aldgate to the 2012 Olympic Park. Every building in the particular section will be documented – providing both historic and contemporary information. “The resulting website will be a wonderful multi layered resource featuring: a photographic panorama of every building on the street, information on the history of the buildings, current and historical images, local people’s views and memories.”

An example of a building that I will research into is the Genesis Cinema. I’ve been looking at some old photographs of the previous uses of the cinema. It is so interesting to see its development from the first opening to present day use for over 150 years. (From the Eagle Public House, Lusby’s Music Hall, Paragon Theatre of Varieties, Mile End Empire, ABC Mile End to finally as it is today known as the Genesis Cinema.)

Another building that I have been looking at is the former Wickhams Department Store. The old lettering is removed but is still evident.

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