Smashing piece of history – Moody’s ‘Rathbone’ herbal potions and amazing sarsparilla

It is with great pleasure that we are able to showpiece a smashing piece of history – thanks to the granddaughter of a true Canning Town legend. And it really is one to warm our hearts, writes Colin Grainger. Janice Oliver got in touch to brighten our lives with stories of her grandparents that will … More Smashing piece of history – Moody’s ‘Rathbone’ herbal potions and amazing sarsparilla

Candidates make their pledges over history and heritage

Two of the five candidates in the Newham Mayoral Election outlined their plans and passion for preserving and protecting the borough’s history and heritage. Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Benjamin Evans and Conservative Rahima Khan attended the quarterly open meeting of the Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progressthis evening at the Terence Brown Arc In The Park in Canning Town. The … More Candidates make their pledges over history and heritage

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: 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, … More Spotlight on history in trio of local events

Classic picture from 65 years ago of the King George V Dock entrance

Another in our Reflections of the Past series. Reflections of the past 803: Superb pic of the KGV Dock entrance, Silvertown from 1953. As you may be able to tell from the fold in the centre it taken is from the superb book The East End: Then and Now by Winston Ramsey, writes Colin Grainger. … More Classic picture from 65 years ago of the King George V Dock entrance

Magical moment in Silvertown’s history that shaped a young man’s life

Bill Grainger was just 12 when he saw the magical moment in Newham’s history that changed his life and ignited his passion in the sea. He was one of 100,000 who witnesses the famous Mauretania become the biggest ship in history to enter the Royal Docks in North Woolwich in 1939, writes Colin Grainger. Bill … More Magical moment in Silvertown’s history that shaped a young man’s life

Rolling Stones to return to Stratford – but The Last Time was a little different!

The Rolling Stones will play their first UK concerts in five years  – and the first will be at the London Stadium in Stratford. And it is 53 years since the band last ‘starred’ in Newham, at West Ham Magistrates Court! The dates make up the second leg of the No Filter tour that the … More Rolling Stones to return to Stratford – but The Last Time was a little different!

Vision for the future of heritage in Newham

The Heritage Newham group launched over two years ago and has brought together many individuals and organisations who have a passion for history and heritage. There is a massive amount of goodwill in and around our borough to celebrate our past and keep history alive for all generations, writes Colin Grainger. Originally called the Museum … More Vision for the future of heritage in Newham