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School of Geography

Mile End and the surrounding area

Our Mile End campus is set alongside the beautiful Regent's Canal.
Our Mile End campus is set alongside the beautiful Regent's Canal.

Home to QMUL’s main library and a range of study spaces, our Mile End campus is also the base for several innovative arts organisations, including the arts charity, People’s Palace Projects and youth arts organization, Phakama. At the heart of the campus is one of its unique features, the recently re-landscaped Novo Cemetery, a Spanish and Portuguese Jewish burial ground that dates back to 1733. Dr Caron Lipman, a lecturer in human geography in the School, has written a fascinating history of this site.

The historic Regent’s Canal runs alongside our campus and heading south on its banks is the Ragged School Museum – one of philanthropist Dr Barnardo’s few surviving educational institutions of the nineteenth century. Now a museum offering a glimpse into the social history of the Victorian East End, it has ongoing collaborations with the School. Professor Geraldene Wharton, a professor in physical geography, who is a member of the London Waterway Partnership (LWP) - part of the Canal & River Trust (CRT) -, is currently working with the LWP and QMUL to facilitate the adoption of part of the Regent’s Canal by the university. She is also organising a fieldwork day around canals in collaboration with the LWP and CRT. 

Our campus also overlooks Mile End Park, an unusual 90-acre park that features a ‘green bridge’ spanning Mile End Road, a terraced garden, ecology and arts spaces and excellent sports facilities.