Kingsley Hall Bow Archive Project

Up Conservation Group Savilles @ KH KH Bow 29 Nov 2008 KH Bow 6 Mar 2009 KH Dag 11 July 2009 KH Bow 22 Oct 2009 KH Dag 20 July 2010


The Project to document

The History of the Kingsley Halls!

See also my personal pages for the Kingsley Halls at Bow & Dagenham

To add to its 80th anniversary celebrations, Kingsley Hall in Bromley by Bow was awarded a grant of £49,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a year-long project, Kingsley Hall and the Legacy of Muriel Lester. This helped preserve the Muriel Lester Archive, making it accessible to everybody, and so gain wider recognition for the achievements of the two Kingsley Hallsí founders, Muriel and her sister Doris.


Muriel Lesterís personal papers are now at the Bishopsgate Institute. The archive includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, publications and photographs, and the papers of Doris Lester. It is a fascinating and historically important record of the Lester sistersí work in Bow and Dagenham, and also of Murielís world travels in the cause of international peace. The Muriel Lester archives are being made accessible through an on-line catalogue, digital images and a  new interactive website. Working with local schools, the Tower Hamlets Humanities Education Centre produced a learning pack, and Stitches In Time  created a tapestry banner on the theme Symbols of Peace.

Access to the project and archive is via:

For further information contact the Kingsley Halls Community Centres Heritage Group



Volunteers were the heart of this project.

  • I took part in conservation workshops at Kingsley Hall in Dagenham. Working on the Muriel Lester archives, with training and supervision by a conservator.

  • I was part of a Kingsley Hall Oral History Group to record memories of the Lester sisters and Kingsley Hall.

  • Several events were held during the project and these can be seen by linking from below

  • The project was led by Alice Mackay, Project Coordinator, email:   mob: 07985-962975

Conservation workshops at Kingsley Hall in Dagenham. and the conservation team on a visit to KH Bow 6 Mar 2009
An event was held at KH Bow on Nov 29, 2008The afternoon ended with drumming ... and dance An event in Dagenham on July 11, 2009 gave a chance to hear about progress on the project and to see the work in process of the Lester tapestry
An event at Bow 22 Oct 2009 marked the formal completion I participated in the conservation workshops and oral history and developed this web page about how my family had been involved in Kingsley Hall at Bow & Dagenham

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