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

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

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

Stepney Community Trust (SCT) is pleased to announce the approval of a £55K grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to help reveal the incredible untold stories of the first-generation Bangladeshi women in Tower Hamlets who earned money working from home as seamstresses to support their families.

More details of the project will be posted in the next few days.

Image from the film 'A Kind of English' by Ruhul Amin

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

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

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.

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

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