I found this Googling absent-mindedly – I thought that some of you may be interested….

Working Lives of the Thames Gateway

“Working Lives of the Thames Gateway is an exciting new project to record and celebrate the experiences of the communities which made east London an industrial heartland. Oral histories will be contributed by hundreds of former workers and an education programme will share their memories with younger generations and newer communities. Working Lives is ambitious in its size and scope: it covers the manufacturing, transport, communications, energy, noxious, textiles and food & drink industries, and it spans Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Greenwich and Bexley.

Working Lives is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will run throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010. Working Lives on the Thames GatewayWe believe that the achievements of the industrial communities of east London have not received the attention they deserve and that they now risk being lost forever as the area is redeveloped. Working Lives will address this by creating a permanent public archive of over 200 oral histories of former workers.”

Find out more on the Hidden Histories website