Reminiscence room: Looking back on Jewish life in the UK

One girl and four boys from London's East End sit and laugh as they eat sandwiches.

East End children

One girl and four boys, ages four through eight, are shown in this black and white photograph that was taken in London's East End in 1954. (Photo credit: © Henry Grant, Collection/Museum of London.)

"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."

Dennis Waitley

This picture was taken in 1954 and captures a taste of what it was like to be a child in the East End of London after the end of World War II. The children, relaxed and playful, sit on some steps as they enjoy eating sandwiches and pastries.


* What did you do after school?

* Where was your favourite place to play as a child?

* Do children play differently now compared to the 1950s?

Do you recognise the sound of this popular toy?

(Sound credit: Mike Koenig.)

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