School of Geography

Globalisation and the fabric trade in East London

A new Human Geography video made in partnership with Time for Geography

28 January 2019

In this engaging look at globalisation, School of Geography’s Dr Will Monteith along with Time for Geography’s Dr Harriet Ridley, take us through our neighbouring East London streets to look at the evolving demographics of the East End’s fabric trade.

Petticoat lane street sign

Will explains the backstory to the project: “The aim was to understand the changing geographies of the East End through a focus on fabric trade and how it has changed over time. This came about through a combination of the expertise of our School’s Widening Participation and Schools Liaison Officer, Kate, walking tours around Brick Lane and a recent exhibition I was part of on the African wax fabric industry.”

The video builds upon the School of Geography’s historical association with issues of community development and urban change in East London, including research projects in urban geography and historical geography.

Time for Geography are an inspiring organization that connect cutting edge research with teaching, by producing inspiring, open-access geography education videos.


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