MayDay Rooms

MayDay Rooms is archive, resource and safe haven for social movements, experimental and marginal cultures and their histories. In Cell’s Reading Room, archival materials selected from MayDay Rooms’ collection by curator Jessie Krish reflected a historical context for Felix Melia's film 'Money For Nothing'. Ephemera from housing struggles in Tower Hamlets during the Thatcher years–marked by the 1980 and 1988 UK Housing Acts which brought an end to majority council tenancy in the borough, and sparked community mobilisations including mass squatting–points to local memory and forgetfulness in relation to housing and community. A public programme will expand on how unequal access to housing shapes experiences of community in East London today.