Sunday, 21 November 2010

Docklands History Group


Members may like to know of the Docklands History Group, which meets once a month at the (cumbrously re-titled) Museum of London Docklands, in the old No. 1 Warehouse of the West India Docks.

The Group has been going since 1979, to encourage greater understanding of all aspects of the Port of London and the maritime, industrial and social history of the River Thames. Its very active President is Chris Ellmers, who did so much over many years to get the Museum in Docklands going, and the Chairman is now Edward Sergeant, who saw to it that many industrial archaeological features were suitably preserved and displayed (such as the bridges in the Surrey Docks) when he was the Conservation Officer of the London Docklands Development Corporation in the 1980s.

In recent years the group has heard talks on aspects of such diverse topics as Thames shipbuilding, labour unrest, ice-age geology, riverside land tenure and movable bridges, and the 2011 programme kicks off in February – see the website at

The DHG welcomes visitors to its meetings at a small charge and is looking for new members.

Malcolm Tucker, Treasurer

Friday, 12 November 2010

Meeting on Grieg's Wharf and bits and bobs

Next meeting of Greenwich Industrial History society

16th November Grieg's wharf by John Grieg.
Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, SE3 7.30

Grieg's Wharf is not one of the famous Greenwich wharves - perhaps this talk will make it so!! It was on the Peninsula - and John will tell us all about it!!

In the post today:

Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society Newsletter. This includes (among many other things) a review of the Paul Sandby exhibition held in the Royal Academy earlier this year. Paul was the drawing instructor at Woolwich's Royal Military Academy from 1768 and much of his work in that period show local scenes, some of industrial interest.

Crossness Record - this describes a number of recent events - including the conversion of the engine house into a cosmestics factory for filming. It also includes the most amazing photograph of a Flusher from the 1950s. The site is restricted to visitors because of on going building work but the Trust hopes to make announcements on this soon.