East End - Newcastle

Ban imposed following a meeting of the citizens of the historic East End, wishing to retain the working class content, and opposing the extension of high-rise office buildings and motels in the East End.

Information source: Builders Labourers’ Federation’s ‘official list’ compiled by Joe Owens of over 50 Green Bans.

Artworks: Therese Kenyon & others, East End project including a print set, 1985. Prints held at Newcastle Art Gallery. Documentary Film held at Newcastle University Archive.


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