The Committee has agreed provisional dates for the three terms of the 2018/19 academic year, and the organisers for each. The details, together with those already fixed for next term, are:
- Summer 2018: Monday 16th April to Monday 2nd July, excluding Bank Holiday Mondays 7th and 28th May (organiser: Fran)
- Autumn 2018: Monday 8th October to Monday 10th December (organiser: Sheila)
- Spring 2019: Monday 14th January to Monday 18th March (organiser: Ian)
- Summer 2019: Monday 29th April to Monday 15th July, excluding Bank Holiday Mondays 6th and 27th May (organiser: Jill)
That should work out at ten sessions each term. These dates have been copied to the Programmes page and will be updated if required.
We have some great talks lined up for the current term, including two excellent guest speakers. As well as our members talking on diverse topics, our very welcome guest speakers are Richard Albanese (Maritime Heritage Project Manager at Trinity Buoy Wharf) who will be talking about Maritime Heritage at Trinity Buoy Wharf; and Stephanie Ostrich (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network [CITiZAN] Project Officer) who is talking about the work of CITiZAN on the lower Thames.
See full details of our Spring 2018 programme at: https://portoflondonstudy.wordpress.com/programme/
Thames Ironworks. Source: Wikipedia. Photo credited to Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company – Britain at Work – A Pictorial History of Our National Industries. Cassell and Company, 1902. Two warships being constructed at the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, in 1902 or slightly before.
Our new Autumn Term programme of talks by both group members and visiting speakers is now available. See our Programmes page. It lists all the presentations and visiting lecturers lined up for January to March. It is looking like a really great term ahead. Short summaries of all our presentations will be forthcoming after they have been delivered, but if you would like to join us for each two hour session on a Monday morning between 11am and 1pm, please see our Join Us page – we would love to welcome you.
The Thames Barrier. By Aleem Yousaf, Wikimedia CC-BY-SA-2_0
Canada Water library, built in 2011 and overlooking the remains of Canada Dock. Source: Wikipedia CC-BY-2.0
From September 2017 the Port of London Study Group will hold its Monday morning meetings* at the Canada Water library, which is immediately above the Canada Water tube station on the Jubilee Line.
Once at the heart of the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe, Canada Water and the surrounding area have a rich maritime history. It is the surviving northern section of the much larger Canada Dock, built in 1876 to serve the Canadian grain and timber trade. A short walk away is the Greenland Dock, the oldest riverside wet dock on the Thames. Originally called the Great Howland Wet Dock, it was built in 1699 as a shelter for refitting ships rather than as a dock for cargo. Its name was changed in the 18th century when it became the home of whaling ships bringing in their cargoes from Greenland. It later became the main hub of London’s timber trade for more than a century until the docks closed in the 1970s. Now retained as an integral part of the community, it is a fitting reminder of an era when the Rotherhithe peninsula was a thriving centre of overseas trade.
*Autumn Term dates: Monday mornings from 1100-1300 from 9th October to 11th December inclusive. Details of the programme will be published on the Programmes page when finalised.
The Surrey Commercial Docks in 1894
Our new Summer Term programme of visits and walks is now available. See our Programmes page. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to organize and lead each of these. It is going to be a great summer with plenty to see and do. Short summaries of our visits and walks will be posted afterwards, but if you would like to join us for our visits on a Monday morning between 11am and 1pm, please see our Join Us page – we would love to welcome you.
The Docklands History Group hosts a conference each year at the Museum of London Docklands in the West India Docks, where The Port of London Study Group is also based. Chaired by Chris Ellmers, the conference for 2017 will be: Thames River Crossings and will take place on 13th May. as well as looking at the bridges and tunnels, the subjects to be covered will include frost fairs, the watermen and ferries, and also the effect of river crossings on the development of London.
Booking has now opened for this event. Click here to go to the Docklands History Group’s Conference page where more information is available, including the programme (available to download as a PDF), ticket and booking information and details of how to find the Museum of London Docklands.
Please find our Spring 2017 programme on our Programme page. It lists all the presentations and visiting lectures lined up for January to March. It is looking like a really great term ahead. Short summaries of all our presentations will be forthcoming after they have been delivered, but if you would like to join us for each two hour session on a Monday morning between 11am and 1pm, please see our Join Us page – we would love to welcome you.
St Anne’s Limehouse by Hawksmoor. Photograph by Steve Cadman, sourced from Wikipedia.