Are you an East London resident with strong ties to your local community?

Are you interested in women’s history?
Do you want to see a museum representing the amazing women of east London, past and present?

Then, we are looking for you!

The East End Women’s Museum sets out to uncover and celebrate hidden stories of local women. We started out in 2015 as a website, and since then have delivered exhibitions, events and projects across east London. However we hoped the museum would have a building of its own, and this dream came true when Barking & Dagenham council kindly offered us a permanent site in Barking, which will open as a new museum in 2020.

Now we have a home, we need to work out what to put in it – which is where you might come in. We are running a wide-ranging consultation project, to hear from the people of east London about what they’d like to see and do in the new museum. For example, we want to discover what the museum should look like, which stories it should tell, which objects to display, which activities to run, and so on.

Join the Steering Group

We are starting a Steering Group made up of people from our local communities. This group will help us reach the most people of east London that we possibly can, by talking about the museum with their family, friends and neighbours. The group will help create and promote the consultation activities, working with artists and museum staff to do so. They will give their ideas about the museum’s design, and ask other locals what they think.

The role involves attending regular Steering Group meetings (approximately monthly, though this will depend on members’ availability), at which you will give your ideas and help make decisions about the consultation. Outside of these meetings, you’ll act as an ambassador for the museum in your area, spreading the word to your local community, and helping to organise collaborations and events.

In return you will get any training you might decide as a group (eg public speaking, engaging people, etc) and the opportunity to be part of the exciting process of building a museum from scratch, including making your voice heard in terms of what should be in it. We will cover travel expenses and of course coffee, tea and cake will be on us!

We are looking for local residents (living or working in Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering) with close ties to their community and a passion for women’s history and representation. You must be willing to represent the museum and to speak with people about it in an engaging way. You can be any age (18+), of any gender, and do not need any specific experience, education or training to take part.

How to take part

To apply please use our online form. Deadline to get in touch is Sunday 10th March 11pm.

We will select participants based on their application and an informal interview, to be held on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March. For any questions please email fani@eastendwomensmuseum.org or call 07724667042.