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Chinese in the Port of London 
Chinese in the Port of London
Find out about London's original Chinatown
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Passengers and the port
Millions of emigrants or immigrants seeking a better life in London or elsewhere moved through the port
 Passengers and the port
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Scandinavian seamen in London 
Scandinavian seamen in London
Seamen from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden formed large transient communities in the port of London
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The Jewish community and the port
During the late 19th century, thousands of Jews fleeing Russian oppression arrived in the port of London
 The Jewish community and the port
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Bengali-speaking community in the Port of London 
Bengali-speaking community in the Port of London
The history of the Bengali-speaking community and its links with maritime London
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The Goan community of London
The London Goan community's origins and maritime links with the docks of East London
 The Goan community of London
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The Swahili community and maritime London 
The Swahili community and maritime London
Over the last four centuries thousands of people born in the Swahili-speaking region of Eastern Africa have come to the port of London
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The Somali Community in the Port of London
The Somalis are one of the oldest African communities in Britain
 The Somali Community in the Port of London
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The Portuguese Community in the Port of London 
The Portuguese Community in the Port of London
The Portuguese-speaking community has existed in the port of London for a long time
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Local poetry and creative writing competition
Lewisham residents write poetry about local rivers that flow into the Thames
 Local poetry and creative writing competition
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Dockers re-united 
Dockers re-united
See what happened when we re-united a group of ex-dock workers
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Signs from the past
Video memories from Docklands deaf community
 Signs from the past
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Move the red square to explore The Parting Cheer, by Henry Nelson O'Neil 
Move the red square to explore The Parting Cheer, by Henry Nelson O'Neil
The Parting Cheer is one of the key emigration paintings of the mid-nineteenth century. Between 1815 and 1914 nearly 23 million people emigrated from the British Isles – one of the world’s largest migrations. The Parting Cheer examines the reactions of those left on shore.
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Who were the Lascars?

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Women workers in the sugar industry
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