Wednesday, 31 October 2012

United Glass Charlton

We are reproducing below this fabulous picture of the United Glass factory in Charlton.
The owners are keen to know more about the picture - the artist, the scene, anything

Thursday, 11 October 2012

then three came along at once

Three newsletters through my door ...

GLIAS October.  Newsletter
(Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society)
This edition is remarkably, in fact, totally bereft of any mention of Greenwich and Woolwich.
This is not good.

Woolwich Antiquarians October Newsletter
Although, of course, this has lots about Woolwich in it - there is little which could be described as industrial.   Pity about that too.

Lewisham Local History Society Autumn Newsletter
Strictly speaking of course we should only note items which are about the bit of Lewisham which used to be Greenwich - however, it does include an account of one of our members, Tom Sheppard, who has sadly died and to whom a memorial 'happy occasion' was held in September. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Greenwich Industrial History Society - next meeting.
Tuesday 16th October    at The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, SE3 (rear of Age Exchange shop)

at 7.30

is PETER KENT - local artist and commentator - with his Riverwatch. 

and  - to go with this - we have also had news of  -


 an  interactive photo walk and phone app

The Viewfinder Photography Gallery announces that they are creating the  Thames Trail that will encourage the local community and visitors to  explore the industrial, shipbuilding and trading heritage of Greenwich, from its 19th century heyday to the present.
Work has already started –  the photo walk will launch in June 2013, available online until at least  2018. It is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It will begin at  the Cutty Sark and follow the riverside path past the O2 Arena to the  Thames Barriers. Many wharves, jetties and other signs of the  industrial past remain, often unknown and unnoticed, yet they tell an  important story about the river and Greenwich itself.
Archive material   from Greenwich Heritage Centre, including paintings, photographs, maps  and industrial documents, as well as specially commissioned interviews  with local historians and residents, will enable participants to  imagine what the area was once like, to see how it has changed and how  it continues to evolve.
The Trail will document the evolving nature of  the riverside. Regeneration and development are rapidly changing  Greenwich's waterfront and shifting it from an industrial to  residential and commercial area. Whilst on the photo walk, participants  will be encouraged to take their own photographs of the riverscape as  it is today – these photos will be published on the Viewfinder’s  website.
There will be many opportunities for members of the public to  volunteer (lunch and travel expenses provided), gaining new hands-on  research skills and experiences.
Louise Downham, the Viewfinder  Photography Gallery’s Chair (, says: “We are  keen to hear from anyone interested – please do get in touch to discuss  how you might be involved in developing this exciting project.”  Opportunities in October 2012 include testing the photowalk route,  contributing to interviews (either as interviewer or interviewee) with  local residents and historians, learning to use research archives or  conducting independent research, selecting archive material for use in  the Thames Trail app and contributing to the Thames Trail blog. In February and March 2013, volunteers will test the accompanying app and assist in promoting the project.