Press and photocall - Boxing exhibition opens at Hackney Museum

What: East End Boxing Lives exhibition

When: 3pm, Thursday January 27

Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Details: You will have the opportunity to look round the exhibition and see some excellent exhibits including Terry Spink s dressing gown, John Kramer s gloves and shorts, Ron Cooper’s jacket and Mickey Pye s bronze medal from the 1962 Commonwealth Games. London Ex Boxers’ Association members including Charlie Wright and Ray Physick and ex boxers James Cooke MBE and Ron Cooper will also be available.

East End Boxing Lives, an exhibition showcasing the history of boxing in the East End opens at Hackney Museum. Entry is free and it runs from January 25 until April 30 2011.

The London Ex Boxers Association exhibition charts boxing from the days of bare knuckle fighting to boxing with gloves in pubs and taverns to its current status as an official sport in the Olympic Games

The exhibition, at the council run museum, is open to everyone and includes memorabilia and photographs and interviews with some of the finest East End boxers. It charts the lives of famous boxers such as Daniel Mendoza, Ron Cooper, and local boys Terry Spinks MBE, Sammy McCarthy, James Cooke MBE and Mickey Pye.

It’s also an opportunity to find out more about female boxers from the days of bare knuckle fighting to the 2012 Olympics. It also looks at Jewish and Black boxers and the discrimination they met along the way.

Museum goers will also learn about boxing in the days of Jack Broughton in 1743. Find out who were national and local champions as well as seeing some fascinating artefacts belonging to East End boxers. As well as being able to compare the weight of a heavy weight boxer from a hundred years ago against that of today s sportsmen, they will be able to limber up with a boxing training video. There will also be a chance to sit comfortably in an ex boxer’s sitting room while reading stories of local East End boxers.

Hackney Council s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Jonathan McShane said: “Boxing played a major part in the lives of many Hackney people and it’s an integral part of Hackney’s social history. The exhibition tells a story that will interest people young and old – so come along and find out more about boxing in the East End.”

London Ex-Boxers Association chairman, Charlie Wright, said: “We are very excited about the whole project. For the first time the boxing heritage of the East End of London will be told through the lives of the people who boxed, trained or worked with boxing. As we approach the London Olympics, this is a story that will inspire many people especially young people looking for a sport that they can get involved with. We d like to encourage boxers, boxing and sports fans as well as the general public to come along to the exhibition.”

The exhibition is the end result of an oral history project by the London Ex-Boxers Association brought to life through a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.