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
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
Tears of joy, laughter and a feel-good factor second to none. Those are the emotions you have when you leave shows at Brick Lane Music Hall in Silvertown. But there’s another very important reason this place is a gift from heaven – and it’s not just because it is housed in the former St Mark’s … More How the jewel in Newham’s crown helps charity make a difference and change lives of young
It was a store that had a magical excitement back in the day – for both adults and children. The Co-op in East Ham evokes memories of all that was best in shopping. It was the jewel in the crown for High Street North – and the Barking Road! The reason? It was so huge … More Memories of the Co-op, East Ham – the East End Hamley’s!
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
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!’
Reflections of the Past 2,020. A picture of the VJ party on Wanstead Flats in Manor Park in 1946. Thanks to Margaret Hill for the wonderful donation of this picture, writes Colin Grainger. Margaret, who now lives in Leigh On Sea, said the photo was taken in Capel Road. She said: “My father is fourth … More Memories of a VJ street party 72 years ago