How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

Two events are being staged as part of a special festival to celebrate the history of the Royal Docks, writes Colin Grainger. And local people with a passion for history are being given the chance to not only enjoy but take part in the events. Newham is one of the Museum of London Docklands primary … More How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

Local history enthusiast, Peter Williams, has written a beautifully illustrated book on West Ham and its fire service. This book looks at the development of West Ham as part of the wider East London area, and how West Ham’s position influenced the development of its fire brigade, writes Colin Grainger. From haphazard arrangements under the old parish vestry … More New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the The Great War  draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture of how life was back then and in the times that followed in our part of East London. One of … More How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

Heritage Week – events staged by childrens’ charity, music hall, history cub and the ‘cathedral of sewage!’

The Heritage Newham: People, Places, Progress group would like to give an extra mention to some events being staged as part of Heritage Week 2018. These need to be booked through group founder Kevin Jenkins, or will actually feature Kevin or a representative of the group, Thursday November 8 Young People’s Heritage Day (primary school … More Heritage Week – events staged by childrens’ charity, music hall, history cub and the ‘cathedral of sewage!’