Reopening notice

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives will reopen from Tuesday 29 September 2020. This will be on Tuesdays and Fridays for pre-booked visitors only.

To make a booking please go to the visitor information page on the Idea Store website.

War memorial maintenance

The council’s parks and green spaces contain many of the borough’s war memorials. There are war memorials in Victoria Park, Bethnal Green Gardens, Poplar Park and two war memorials are located in the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Several churchyards, maintained by the council, also have war memorials in their grounds. These include St. Dunstan’s, Stepney, St. Annes, Limehouse churchyards and St. George in the East.

The largest memorial in Tower Hamlets is the Merchant seaman’s memorial at Trinity Garden, Tower Hill. The memorial itself is maintained by the Commonwealth war graves commission and the council maintains the surrounding gardens in partnership with the Corporation of London.

Useful links

To find out more information on war memorials, please refer to the following useful websites:

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    This website has a database which lists the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and also the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated.
  • Tower Hamlets Local History Library
    The Tower Hamlets local history library has a wide range of historical documents and records. The contact and access details for the library are available on this website.
  • UK National Inventory of War Memorials
    This is an information gathering project. It aims to create a database of information of all known war memorials in the UK, estimated to be at between 50,000 to 60,000.

For further information, please contact:

Tel: 020 8985 1957
Minicom: 020 8985 6186
Email: parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk