NAVAL DOCKYARDS SOCIETY
This includes a call for papers for their next conference which will be on “we stand on Guard for Thee” Dockyards and naval bases in North America, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. This is on the 18th of March, 2019 at the Maritime Museum and, as usual, will follow their AGM. Please send 300 word synopsis and title before 30th October 2018 to Dr.Ann Coats. email email@example.com
They are also looking for a volunteer Twitter manager. A report on the Navy Board project at the National Maritime Museum says that this has been extended for another year when it is hoped it will be finished. There are also notes about an oral history project on the knowledge and recollections of work and experiences in the Royal Dockyards 1946 - 1984. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved in any of these projects.
Thank you to the Editor for a mention of my booklet ‘Innovation, Enterprise and Change on the Greenwich Peninsula’ (still available, see https://www.greenwich.co.uk//peninsula-book/). There is also a note about changes at Maritime Books. They also mention preservation of historic cranes - people will remember the two cranes at Lovell’s (aka Riverside Gardens) which were destroyed against local wishes in the 1990s. They have a special offer for members of the Naval Dockyards Society of a book by Dr.Brian Newman “A work of Titans. A history of the Swan Hunter floating cranes” – of interest to anyone researching work on the Thames.
DOCKLANDS HISTORY GROUP
GREENWICH BUS TOURS
GREENWICH PARK HISTORY GROUP
THAMES STRATEGY EAST
ARCHAEOLOGY IN OUR AREA
And we are informed that work will start soon at St.Alfege’s Church Greenwich High Road
And also in Woolwich at the Ferry Approach
ASSOCIATION FOR INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Thanks to a legacy the Association is offering free places to students for their annual conference 31st August - 5th September (check out https://industrial-archaeology.org/conferences/annual-conference/
GRAVESEND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
We have their Transactions (No. 64) which is a very good read and includes an interesting article about Steamboat Stewards in 1842 as well as an article on local brewers.
10th September. The enlightened Robert Pocock of Gravesend. Malcolm Jennings
8th October. Training ship Worcester. Ken Chamberlain
12th November. Women munitions workers in World War Two. Ann Kaeif
10th December. From Greenhithe to Greyhithe and back again. Christopher Bull
14th January. Rosherville Village and Gardens. Michael Thompson
11th February. Cobham landscape detectives. Andrew Mayfield
11th March. Medieval Gravesend. Toni Mount
8th April. World War I poets. Bob and Fern Ogley
13th May AGM
10th June. Ex-president's evening
I had a riveting morning with a group of Goldsmiths students listening to David Cuffley talking about brick making in the London Borough of Greenwich. He has left with use a series of maps and an exhaustive list of references to brick makers in the Borough. This is very interesting and David is very keen to get more information about many of these firms - looking at this myself I can see things which we have featured at various times and also for example he mentions the Greenwich Peninsula brick fields near the Pilot in 1790 which I know a bit about.
David has promised to speak to us next year on Salutation Alley in Woolwich – and I am also keen to remind people of his wonderful talk to Greenwich Historical Society on the bricks of the Greenwich Park Wall.