Visitors to the Docklands are being urged to rediscover the Isle of Dogs Island Board Walk Trail, which has been rejuvenated to provide a more updated version of the popular attraction.
First installed 20 years ago, the project was created to educate both locals and visitors about the island’s rich industrial past.
And now, of the 18 existing boards located in historical places around the area, nine have been fully repurposed to feature a diversity of local voices, alongside unseen archive images and new accounts of island life from schools, individuals and community organisations.
Taking the form of an interactive walking trail, the tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to uncover honest firsthand accounts, and gain historical insights about life in this famous, yet lesser known, Docklands area.
The revamped attraction, which launched at The Green Eastern pub at 2pm on Wednesday, April 6, incorporates a free downloadable audio trail mix, bringing to life the neighbourhood voices.
Derived from exclusive interviews with those who live and work on the island, it provides colourful insights into the past, present and future of this fascinating pocket of life in London’s old industrial heartland.
The new exhibition comes as good news to longer-term residents, who felt saddened that the island’s industrial history is often overlooked, although nearby Greenwich and the financial centre at Canary Wharf are internationally renowned.
Free trail maps are now available to download online and to collect from The Ship and The George pubs, Hubbub Cafe Bar And Restaurant , Cubitt Town Library and The Great Eastern pub by the School Day’s board at start of the trail.
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