Spotlight on history in trio of local events

Three history events are coming up locally over the next few weeks..
The first is on April 25 at Stratford library.
West Ham and the River Lea - Poster-page-001
West Ham and the River Lea: A Social and Environmental History of London’s Industrialized Marshland. Time; 5.30pm refreshments 6.45pm talk.
Dr Jim Clifford is introducing his book on the environmental history of the Lea valley, and he will talk a lot about West Ham politics in late 19c and early 20C. This young Canadian academic has done really interesting research on the impact for example of water shortages, floods, pollution etc on local socialist politics. Book for sale at a huge discount courtesy of Newham Bookshop. This is a really fascinating account from a new angle.
The second is the following day on April 26, at Forest Gate library. Time: 8pm.
Corbett: The Man and his Houses.
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A showing of a brilliant, new one hour film about Archibald Corbett, the man behind the building of the Woodgrange housing estate/conservation area. Discussion afterwards.
Tickets free but you need a reservation – phone (020) 3373 0856
In association with John Walker’s local history website
The third is the following week on May 2 at Stratford library.
Time 6.45pm.
Stratford through old postcard images.
Ever wondered what Stratford looked like a hundred years ago?
How did people dress?
How did people get around?
When did the first car appear?
Come to a talk by local historians Mark Gorman and Peter Williams, who will take you on a fascinating journey through Stratford a hundred years ago. And learn some news things about Edwardian postcards as emails.
Entry by ticket only, free from
Other news|:
As you know as you are reading this, Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress is the  brand of the voluntary sector group that meets to co-ordinate and promote heritage events in the borough.
Layers of London: this is an interactive mapping programme funded by the Lottery. We have started pinning historical information to the map, for example lots of details about Forest Gate has recently gone on courtesy of John Walker.
History and heritage are not just for the older generation. The @aaazone (Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve) launched a new free After School Heritage Club at their Abbey Hub in Stratford today, Tuesday April 10. All the details here.
Peter and Mark recently did a talk for the half term heritage club. The kids were great and had a real feel for history and heritage in the borough.
The official Newham Heritage Week 2018 is due to take place early November. Planning is just starting so look out for more details from the council and from us. If you have ideas contact and Kevin Jenkins at
* Congratulations to Mark Gorman who has been awarded his PhD by London University for his work on the savings of open spaces including Epping Forest in 19C. There may even be a book to follow.

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