In the post today is the Lewisham Local History Society newsletter with their new programme for 2013.
They lead with the sad news of the death of their Chairman, Paul Newing - known to many in south east London for his involvement in many local causes beyond local history had also been a Labour councillor in Lewisham
Their next meeting is of particular interest - about Blackheath based Burndept - which became one of the largest wireless makers in the world. The talk is by David Shaw and is on 25th January - at the Methodist Church Hall, Albion Way, SE13 7.45 - parking available, and all visitors welcomed - along with donations.
Other meetings of LLHS of particular interest to Greenwich industrial historians are
29th November - Julian Watson on The Changing Face of Greenwich
13th December - Alex Windscheffel on Gladstone - our MP, the PM.
they also have
22nd February - John Beasley on the history of Southwark
22nd March - their AGM and John King on Grove Park in the Great War
26th April - Gordon Dennington on My Post War Years in Lewisham
24th May - Rudie Daley - Memories of a Mayor of Lambeth from Jamaica
28th June - Steve Grindlay - A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. Victorian Philanthropy Forest Hill
26th July - Alan Payne - Monsters in our Midst. 4 locals who became Hollywood Horrors
27th September - Jennie Howells - The Road to the Abbey - Bermondsey Street
25th October - Ben Honeybone - A History of Hither Green
Charlton Parks Reminiscence Project's new booklet
This is a wonderful little booklet full of interesting comments and interview material on the Charlton Parks. Also see www.charltonparks.co.uk
Carol Kenna is coming to tell GIHS about the project at our meeting on 14th May
Industrial Archaeology Review. This is the journal of the national Association for Industrial archaeology. And this is Vol.34 No.1. May 2012.
It includes articles on 'An introduction to the Archaeology of the Glass Industry. The Monuments Protection Programme' by David Crossley and 'Three and a half centuries of Bottle Manufacture'. by David Dungworth. Needless to say you can look in vain at these articles for any mention of Charlton - largest glass works in Europe in the 1960s. To be a little bit fair to David Crossley he is talking about the development of the glass industry and concentrates on the remains of early sites - and he does mention some early inner London sites. To be honest though I was involved several years ago in asking him down to London and showing him some sites, and impressing on him the importance of some of the remains in the Charlton Pits.
David Dungworth's article also concentrates on development issues in bottle making and thus is not interested in Charlton
On 19th February the GIHS meeting is about Johnson and Jorgenson, bottle makers of Charlton.
Please come along