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

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!’

Reflections of the past … mapping out the past of the old County Borough of East Ham

Another in our series of Reflections of the Past. I am indebted to the wonderful Maureen Norris for this superb example of an old map of the County Borough of East Ham produced in the late 1950s, writes Colin Grainger. Burrows Pointer guide maps came, as the name suggests, with a pointer, which you can … More Reflections of the past … mapping out the past of the old County Borough of East Ham

Magnificent Norman church that has stood the test of time

Calling St Mary Magdalene Church the jewel in Newham’s crown is a massive understatement. It is the sparkling diamond in our manor. It’s hard to think of anything that predates it that is in such a great condition, writes Colin Grainger. The 1130 church is getting a well-deserved makeover next month (Sept) with over £80,000 … More Magnificent Norman church that has stood the test of time

Looking ahead to this year’s celebration of Newham’s history and heritage

The dates for the third celebration of Newham’s history and heritage have been confirmed. Newham Heritage Week will take place between November 8 and 18. The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage and the representation of the peoples act plus the Armistice  – both of which have centenaries this year, writes Colin Grainger. Armistice … More Looking ahead to this year’s celebration of Newham’s history and heritage

Child’s play – focus on the games we played…

They are the games that have stood the test of time. Each generation had its own favourites and passed down the laughs and memories to the next in the Royal Docks Community. My earliest memory of those wonderful days is playing out in Auberon Street, North Woolwich, writes Colin Grainger. The family who lived in … More Child’s play – focus on the games we played…