Welcome to the website for the Port of London Study Group

POL group horizontalOur group was established to share the experience of exploring the history, heritage and archaeology of the port of London in a self-directed, special interest group which meets at Canada Water Library every Monday at 11am-1pm.

Topics covered include the growth and pattern of London’s trade and associated industries, the building and operation of the docks and wharves, the vessels using the port, dockland communities and industrial relations, and the movement of people into and out of the port. Within this framework, members are free to explore topics of their individual choice.  You can see some of our research interests in the titles of the presentations on the Programmes page, and you can see summaries of just a few of our presentations and visits on our News page, published as samples throughout the year.

We operate on a self-led basis. The group is made up of enthusiasts rather than experts, who take it in turns to deliver presentations, lead walks or organize visits.  During the spring and winter we focus on presentations and during the early summer we take advantage of the better weather to organize the guided walks and day trips.  This mixture of approaches allows us to engage in research and share diverse interests and knowledge in a friendly and supportive environment.

See the Join Us page for more information about how we are organized, when we meet and how to become a member of the group.

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