Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs
On Wednesday 22 November Mayor John Biggs joined the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to launch the first ever British Muslim Archives strongroom at the East London Mosque Trust.
The newly opened strongroom will safely house the Trust’s unique archive collection which dates back to 1910 when the London Mosque Fund was established. The strongroom hosts a unique set of records on the early twentieth century history of Muslims in Britain, including photographs, minutes, annual reports, correspondence, marriage records, conversion records, finance records, fundraising appeals, architectural and building records and press cuttings.
The collection also includes records of the Indigent Moslems Burial Fund, a charity which raised money to provide for the burial of Muslims in Britain, and the Jamiat-ul-Muslimin, a charitable society for the promotion of Islam.
Since 2012, Tower Hamlets Council through its Local History Library and Archives service located in Mile End, has been providing practical support and advice to ensure these important records are preserved to national heritage standards. Tamsin Bookey, Heritage Manager, was surprised and delighted to be presented with an award at the launch event, in grateful appreciation for the support provided.
The council also supports a number of other community heritage projects across the borough, ranging from Neighbours in Poplar, which hosts reminiscence sessions for older residents, to Numbi Arts, which archives British Somali heritage.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“It is privilege as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, to support the opening of the East London Mosque Archives Strongroom. These valuable records highlight the contribution of British Muslims to the communities we live in today, and help to inspire the next generation.
“In Tower Hamlets we are proud of our diverse and unique community. We support a number of community heritage projects across the borough – helping to make the borough a vibrant place to live and work.”
Posted on Friday 1st December 2017