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Guided walk along the River Lea with Simon Read, author of Cinderella River

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
£5 General Admission / £3 Concessions

Meet in the Nunnery Gallery at 2pm – the walk will last for around an hour and is on the River towpath, flat and easy terrain. Families are welcome.


Join us for a gallery tour of Raw Materials: Textiles, exploring the history of textiles along the River Lea, followed by a chance to explore the River itself with author Simon Read.

 Meandering from the Thames up through Poplar, Bow, Stratford, Clapton and beyond, the River Lea had a huge impact on the development of industry in east London. The materials that travelled up the River – silk, calico and jute – drove innovation and creativity in the textile trade. With little left to betray this rich history, this walk is a chance to explore the historical remnants in the exhibition before walking the riverbanks where they were made.