The First World War was not the first instance in which women were allowed to work, as millions of working class women already worked in service and in industry before 1914. However, it did expand the range of work that women did. Londoners often…

The Paragon Theatre was renamed ‘The Mile End Empire’ in 1912 and began operating as a cinema in the same year. This cinema was so successful that the original building was replaced in 1938 with a ‘Super Cinema’ known just as the ‘Empire’. 
The…

The Savoy Hotel served throughout the war as a renowned centre of Americans’ activity in London. On the outbreak of war, the American Citizen Committee established its headquarters within the building to help Americans, who wished to, to return home.…

The Eagle Hut in Aldwych was established as a place for American troops could stay and surround themselves with elements of home during the First World War and was run by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). It opened on the 3rd of September…

The Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum itself was not immune to individual loss of life as a result of the war. Seven members of staff died in the conflict. Their names are remembered on the memorial plaque that is now located within the St Andrews Ward…

Australian soldiers visited London during the war for two main reasons: either on leave or after being wounded. In each case, London’s railway stations, especially those that served the south coast, acted as portals to and from the horrors of the…

From 1917 onwards major exhibitions were held across Britain as the government sought to revive popular support for the war. Two of these were held here at The People’s Palace: The Great Air Exhibition of 1917 and The British Battle Photographs in…

What is now the Genesis Cinema has had many incarnations in its 170 year history. First erected as ‘The Eagle’, a public house, in 1848, it was also used as a music hall. It was then taken over by William Lusby who renamed it ‘Lusby’s Music Hall’ in…

Although the Palladium Cinema (initially opened in April 1914) is now a different form of cultural centre (a Nando’s), in the early 20th century it was very important to the local community. During the First World War, the cinema was one of the…