Launderettes, as Eastenders loves to emphasise, inspire detailed, intimate and unexpectedly honest conversations between people who barely know one another. Artists Clare Qualmann and academic Emily Butterworth are leading Spinning Stories, an unusual walk tomorrow evening, a 'laundry walk' that links the Women's Library, public baths and the Boundary Estate Community Launderette with a load of washing in between. The Women's Library is located on the old Goulston Square washhouse and that's the starting point for both the walk and the theme: the history of women, washing and work in the East End, and how attitudes to women's talk has changed over the decades. Using oral histories, local histories and the Women's Library Archive, the walk will explore the difference between public and private space, why informal chitchat is so important to everyday life and the rich working class heritage of the area. Spinning Stories guided walk, meet 6.30pm at The Women's Library, tickets £10.00. For more information and to book, go to the Spinning Stories website. Image author's own.
Preview: Spinning Stories, A Walk About Laundry
Last Updated 21 July 2010