Stepney Community Hub

Stepney Community Trust is working on a five-year development programme to develop the SCT centre as a Community Resource, open to all sections of the local community. The development programme’s initial work commenced in 2018 and consist of:

Community Consultation
Community Forum
Community activities
Training and Development
Health and Well-being
Job search and employment 
Partnership development

Training and Development - Commenced in Feb 2019
Job Search and Employment skills - commenced in Feb 2019
All other activities details are yet to be announced.

This book is based on a project run by the Stepney Community Trust called Science and Technological Evolution in East India Company Shipping. The project was launched on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at the St. Matthias Community Centre (images below). The turnout and the levels of interest were fantastic. The invited speakers talked about the East India Company, sources of information on East Indiamen shipping and provided information about a number of different ships and how they were constructed. More

This book is the outcome of an ambitious community project run by the Stepney Community Trust, which explored East India Company related objects kept in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s storehouse The Clothworkers’ Centre. The main aim of the project was designed to help familiarise, educate and generate interest within the wider diverse community in East London with the V&A heritage object collections, linked to the East India Company. More

Untold stories of first-generation Bangladeshi women in the East End (1970-90)

Project Information

Application form

Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Lab1a, Idea Store Whitechapel, 421 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Are you interested in learning about the experiences of Bangladeshi women home seamstresses in East London during 1970-2000?

Do you want to be involved in researching and documenting the lives of these women?

Are you interested in sharing findings and the stories of these women with the wider community?

Do you want to be involved in writing an incredible piece of East End history?

On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, we organised a very successful launch of the new exciting project. The attendance and levels of interest in the project were very inspiring. Now, we will move to the next stage of the project, which is to recruit community participants from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver the project.

The participants recruited will be divided into two groups, to be known as heritage oral historians and heritage researchers. They will respectively undertake oral history interviews of thirty-six individuals and carry out research on the history of East End rag-trade; Bangladeshi migration; and the changing context of the time. In addition to these two groups of community participants, the project will, at a later date, recruit ten additional participants to help develop and deliver a high-quality drama performance based on the stories generated from the oral history interviews and information obtained from research.

As community participants, whether as heritage oral historians, or heritage researchers, or heritage script developers/actors, the project will provide them with traveling and volunteers expenses. They will also receive high-quality training on oral history, archival research, research methodology and Acquisitions /cataloguing and conservation, and have access to expert support.

The end product will be a printed black and white book (authored by the community participants who will each have a chapter under their names); a pop-up exhibition, a drama performance; a short video documentary; and a project completion celebration. The collection of oral history, photographs and documents will be deposited at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. A six-month touring exhibition/workshops will follow after the project completion celebration in four venues, which will include the drama performance.

The deadline for the completed application form is Monday 13 May 2019.

Heirlooms from Asia: East India Company items in the V&A Collections

A book launch was held by Stepney Community Trust on Friday 6th April 2018, Rich Mix Centre, East London.

From Red Dragon to Nemesis

Innovations in East India Company Shipping

A book launch was held by Stepney Community Trust on Thursday 29 March 2018 at the Idea Store Whitechapel, London.


A very exciting and unique project was recently delivered by the Trust. It involved recruiting volunteers from London's diverse communities to research and recreate historical costumes worn by ladies in the UK that were made from Bengal textiles. More

Traditional Skills and Entrepreneurial Women (TSEW)

We ran this project between August 2012 and June 2013, designed to create opportunities for Bangladeshi women who lack current jobs related skills but have traditional skills that can be developed self employed or starting their own businesses. Project end Grand Bazaar pictures below where the participants showcased and sold their goods and services direct to the public. More

A community-led charity with a long history of local action, set up in 1982 as the St Mary's Centre to respond to the severe  levels of housing and social deprivation existing in the area. The name was later changed to Stepney Community Trust

We value diversity, welcome everyone regardless of background, support the disadvantaged and work to achieve equal opportunities and social inclusion!