The Communicators SKA Band – Friday night August 3rd

We are so proud to have our first major gig on the Industri[us] site be such a big one.  We are delighted to welcome one of Britain’s best SKA bands The Communicators to play on Friday night.

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Just imagine the legendary band playing with the background of our fantastic structure above, you sitting back drinking quality Real Ale and Real Cider from the Dorset Cider House, enjoying the fantastic street food on offer with the Urban Feasts street food, brushing up on the authentic East London history with the Cockney Museum and enjoying Pie&Mash whose recipe has been unaltered for over 100 years all whilst marvelling at the fact that everything on site is either on loan by one of our kind supporters, has been saved from the landfill or has gained a new lease of life due to the ingenuity of one of partners.


Cockney Museum’s Great Schedule of Events

Not everyone has the honour to shake the hand of a Royal but that’s just what you can do down at the Industri[us] site this summer! Come meet the longest reigning Pearly KingGeorge Major!














Here are just some of the wonderful things on offer by the Cockney Museum when they take up residence on the Industri[us] site on Saturday July 28th at 12 pm!

  • Children’s fairground rides Chair O Plane & “Toyset”
  • Balloon Tony
  • Sean Savage – Caricature artist to the stars
  • Your chance to appear in The Cockney Museum documentary
  • Stills photographer Mobi – have your photo taken with the longest reining Pearly King
  • Original secret recipe from original Victoria era Pie n mash stall – cater to the stars backstage
  • On site pub and other refreshments
  • Rossi Ice cream – one of if not the longest established UK ice cream manufactures
  • Meet the Worlds only authentic Pearly Kings & Queens families – only four families left in the UK
  • A walk down memory lane – precious Cockney artefacts’ and photo gallery
  • Live music from The Cockney Museum Band

Exciting times down at Canning Town

FORGET THE OLYMPICS… the real event in Newham this summer is Industri[us]

Industri[us] is a great example how people + hard work x enormous spirit and determination = amazing energy and change

With the help of our many, many wonderful supporters we are delighted to report that from July 20th we will be fully operational and looking amazing!


The brown site we were awarded in the Meanwhile London competition has been completely transformed.  Approaching Industri[us] from Canning Town Station or indeed from the Emirates Air Line Cable Car (just around the corner) you will be met with two beautifully landscaped open squares and the smell of delicious street food, courtesy of traders at Urban Feasts.

You can then marvel at the artistic talents of Rosetta Arts’ community art wall and the ROBOTS >>>> Canning Town Giant. You will be drawn to the beacon that is our Make/Shift Market and indulge in a little retail therapy, amazed at the alchemy some folks have to be able to make discarded material look so good. And all before you take the Ping Pong Challenge at our custom built pavilion.

There is something for everyone this summer at Industri[us]. Come and join in!

‘Meanwhile Uses’ – transforming brownfield sites with sustainable uses

 “Will temporary uses transform how we approach regeneration and development? Hear about how Meanwhile/Temporary uses for major sites in London’s Royal Docks are set to kick-start a better, sustainable, regeneration process.”

Kat Davis will be speaking at Ecobuild on Wednesday 21st March alongside other winners of last year’s Meanwhile London competition.

Panelists include:
– Clive Dutton, Chief Executive of Regeneration, London Borough of Newham
– Cany Ash, Caravanserai
– Deborah Armstrong, London Pleasure Gardens
– Peter Bishop, author of The Temporary City

The session takes place at the UBM (United Business Magazines, publisher of Property Week) Seminar Theatre located in Hall S6, Stand Number S1930. We hope to see you there!

Industri[us] at Thrive – The Results!!

A big thanks once again to all those who visited us at the Thrive Festival on Saturday 23rd July. The day was a great success. 52 participants took part in our Industri[us] game, each creating their own tag.

We discovered what local people throw away and inventive ideas for how to transform waste into value.

So here’s what happened…

Participants were asked:

What was the last item you threw out?

Was your item broken or intact?
Would you like to fix it or re-work it?
What value would you give your item before and after it’s transformation?

Ideas included:

• re-working a broken umbrella into a kite
• fixing a wardrobe with sentimental value
• re-working a light bulb into a Christmas tree decoration
• re-using a plant pot to make a sandcastle

Check out all of the great results below…

Following the success of this event we hope to run it again and get more people re-thinking their waste.

What could you do with the last item you threw away?

Industri[us] at Thrive! 2011, Memorial Park, Newham

We had a great day at Thrive! 2011, playing a low-tech interactive ‘production line’ game.

We asked people what the last item was that they threw away, and what they might do with it to transform it into something more valuable.In total we collected 52 tags and spoke to many families, community group reps, and Councillors.

A giant Jenga game made of recycled wood entertained passers-by, and everyone who played the game went away with a polaroid photo to remember us by.

Our thanks to all our visitors, the organisers of the event and the community groups we met as well as to Bev, Andy and Victoria for masterminding and running the event so well.

Rework / Revalue

Industri[us] is a new initiative created with community members, designers and inventors in Newham and wider afield.

We have collected intelligent and like-minded groups and individuals to build a creative business hub where people can learn how to make and do, turning ‘waste’ material into valuable products for sale.

In early 2011, Industri[us] was a winning entry in the Meanwhile London competition run by Property Week in partnership with the Mayors of London and Newham.