Heritage Week in Newham 2018 – more details revealed of the celebrations of our unique borough

More details have been revealed of the special Newham Heritage week which kicks off in less than a month.

The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage, the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the 100th anniversary of The Armistice, writes Colin Grainger.

A launch event is being held on November 10 at The Gate Library (pictured below) in Forest Gate from 12 to 4pm.

Heritage Week is being co-ordinated by Newham Council and has the involvement of a huge number of local groups, organisations and individuals. The Newham Heritage Week launch will give people the chance to immerse themselves in heritage activities and find out what will be happening during Newham Heritage Week 2018. There will be a wealth of information and varied activities available for children and adults, including a children’s banner making workshop with the Museum of London, plus interactive activities and workshops with Salmagundi films, and a chance to purchase rare heritage titles from Newham Bookshop and more.

The Gate Library    * The Gate Library, Picture: Newham Recorder

There are a number of other Newham anniversaries which will be recognised in the  celebration of our history and heritage, including Abbey Mills Pumping Station (150 years), Newham Bookshop (40 years), Eastside Community Heritage (20 years) and the Ronan Point disaster (50 years). Our borough of has a rich history, and Newham Heritage Week offers the platform and opportunity for local heritage organisations to come together in celebration. Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress and its member groups and supporters are among those taking part in the 11-day event and is organising a number of events.

Ian Martin, Community Neighbourhood Manager, Forest Gate, from the council’s Strategic Commissioning and Community Directorate, said: “Newham Heritage Week also offers an opportunity to support and promote local groups, organisations and individuals with heritage related projects, activities and events, helping to foster community cohesion and help people understand, appreciate and be proud of the neighbourhood they live in.”

The celebration of heritage and history event runs between November 8 and 18.

There will also be a Heritage Day event, taking place at the House Mill, on Sunday November 18,  from 12 to 3pm. 3 Mills Island, Bromley-by-Bow, E3 3DU.  People will be able to celebrate the end of Newham Heritage Week with many of the organisations and individuals involved in making it happen. There will be activities and workshops for all ages, refreshments, exhibitions, information stalls, creative activities, tours of the House Mill and much more.

In the middle of the festival is a meeting of Royal Docks History Club in North Woolwich, on Wednesday November 14, 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich, E16 2JB (pictured below).  This particular meeting will mark the centenary of the Armistice .

Royal Docks Learning Centre

There will be several guest speakers including Local Historian Graham David Hill (author of Silvertown Explosion) who will present findings on his research about the bombing of London in WW1 and a speaker from Heritage Newham: People Places and Progress. No booking required. £1 donation requested to attend the talk and a donation for refreshments. For more information contact History Club project founder Gareth Evans: gareth.evans1979@googlemail.com or RDLAC: (020) 7476 1666 or admin@rdlac.org.uk

Details of more events as we get them and they are confirmed.


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