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Whitechapel locals become high street historians

By Amandeep Bhangu
BBC London News

Nazia Moner and Tariq Aziz
Nazia Moner making a film with BBC Video Nation Producer Tariq Aziz

"I was born in the Royal London Hospital on Whitechapel High Street so have a strong connection with this area."

Nazia Moner, 22, said: "High streets are a great place to find every aspect of the local community represented so I'm excited about making a film about this."

Turn Back Time

The major BBC One series 'Turn Back Time - The High Street' charts the changing face of British high streets over the course of a century.

Six eras are visited in the programmes which are broadcast on Tuesdays on BBC One at 9pm.

Whitechapel's diverse history makes it a great place to be both Bangladeshi and British
Nazia Moner

To tie in with the series, the BBC Bus toured the country with a team of professional mentors on board to assist local residents in making their own short films on their high street.

Community film-makers

Nazia hopped on board when the bus came to stop at Whitechapel and worked with the team to make a film on the local Bangladeshi community.

"The response was overwhelmingly positive with people saying how Whitechapel's diverse history makes it a great place to be both Bangladeshi and British."

BBC Bus in Whitechapel
School children visiting the BBC Bus

BBC Video Nation Network producer Tariq Aziz added: "The best stories are those that challenge preconceptions of east London history as simply about criminality and the Krays.

"So the films include Nazia's history of the Bangladeshi community as traders on Whitechapel High Street, a look at the famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry and right through to the present day regeneration of the area as part of the High Street 2012 scheme.

"These projects are an important part of the BBC's core values in relation to connecting with hard to reach communities, promoting media literacy and engaging wider and more diverse audiences in BBC projects and programmes."

High Street historians

Local Blue Badge guide Caroline Dale praised the BBC project: "This is a great way for locals to get involved and become high street historians themselves.

"Whitechapel High Street is a high street like no other and is one of London's most important roads dating back two thousand years to Roman times.

It's evolved to become this fascinating mix between the old and the new, both in terms of the architecture and the communities that live and work here."

Hear interviews with young film-maker Nazia Moner and local Blue Badge guide Caroline Dale for Drive on BBC London 94.9FM.

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