Activating Newham

The Institute of Race Relations and Create London supported by Rabbits Road Press are supporting a diverse group of young people to develop an ambitious new oral history project that will take the history and legacy of anti-racist organising in the 1980s as a starting point from which to explore different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham then and now.

Over the next 6 months, a newly-established young people’s group will meet weekly at Old Manor Park Library, and develop a programme of public talks, events, screenings and oral history training sessions that begin to situate their own insights and experiences of racism and activism in the context of this history. The project will culminate in an exhibition curated by the young people at Old Manor Park Library in November 2019.

Etta Voorsanger-Brill (Rabbits Road Press) and Kay Stephens (Daikon) are leading workshops at Rabbits Road Press every fortnight with a group of young people (16-30), if you would like to be added to the group please contact Scott Burrell,, with the subject ‘Activating Newham’.


Monday 19 August Activating Newham: Anti-racism and Anti-fascism

Join us for an exploration of the history and impact of anti-fascist organizing in Newham with British political activist and long-serving editor of anti-fascist Searchlight magazine Dr Gerry Gable chaired by Anya Edmond-Pettitt, Researcher on the European Race Programme at the Institute of Race Relations. 

If you are between 16-30 years old and would like to get involved please RSVP as there are limited spaces available.

This event is part of a series which will be held every Monday from the 8th of July at Old Manor Park Library (835 Romford Rd, Manor Park, London E12 5JY) from 18:15 - 20:00



Tuesday 27 August Activating Newham: Reinventing Education

Join us for a talk exploring the significance of education community activism in Newham with educator and one of the founders of the Newham Monitoring Project Ilona Aronovsky, chaired by Cillius Victor.



Monday 2 September: Memorialising Alternative Histories (workshop)

Create alternative blue plaques to commemorate historical or personal events surrounding the ideas of anti racist organising & alternative education in this workshop led by Etta Voorsanger-Brill and Kay Stephens. The workshop will include showing participants how to wheat paste using a board which will be displayed at Rabbits Road Press.

RSVP: with ‘Activating Newham: participant’ in the subject.

This project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Photos by Kay Stephen