Other websites

Brunel's Diving Bell. Illustrated London News.

Brunel’s Diving Bell. Illustrated London News.

On this page we have listed some other websites which you may find of interest.  The Port of London has attracted considerable interest over the decades, and this has been formalized in a variety of forms, including museums, organizations, archives and groups like ours.  We are all working to find out more about the Port of London and to distribute knowledge in our different ways.

Please note that The Port of London Study Group is not responsible for the content or availability of any third party website listed or linked here, and linking or listing should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind.

The Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands was established in 2003, a branch of the Museum of London.   The focus on the docklands of London is a broad one, looking at all aspects of life along the River Thames, from the earliest times to the present day.  It is an excellent resource, located on the edge of West India Dock, a very appropriate location.

The Port of London Authority (PLA)
The PLA was established in 1909 to take responsibility for the tidal Thames from Teddington to the Isle of Sheppey,and took over the assets of the Thames dock companies along that stretch.  It now covers 95 miles of the River Thames, working to promote the interests of the the river and its users.  The website contains a lot of information about the Port of London today, as well as some pages concerning its past.

The Port of London Authority Archive
For anyone researching the Port of London, the Port of London Authority Archive is an important source of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, paintings, prints, plans, engineering drawings and film reels,  The Archive provides unparalleled insights into the subject.  The collection also includes over 600 “Minute books,” which are unique to the Archive.

The Friends of The National Archives
The Friends of The National Archives is a voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting and assisting the work of The National Archives through fundraising and practical support.  It aims to educate the public in the knowledge of millions of historical documents held at the archive and provides volunteers to assist with many archiving projects.  The Friends also publish ‘Magna’, a bi-annual magazine containing a range of articles based upon The National Archives’ records.

The Charles Booth Online Archive
The London School of Economics host the invaluable Charles Booth Online Archive, which is a searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Senate House Library, and includes searchable online versions of his 1898-99 Poverty Map of London.

The Guildhall Art Gallery
London’s Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1886 and among many other fascinating contents, it has an excellent collection of art works that show scenes of London, capturing important aspects of  London’s history in the form of a series of beautifully painted snapshots.  This is an important research resource for anyone interested in how London looked at different times in the past, particularly before photography was widely used.  It even includes the remains of Roman Londinium’s amphitheatre.

The Docklands History Group
One of the oldest docklands research groups in London is the Docklands History Group.  They introduce themselves as follows:  “The Docklands History Group is the leading history group for the study of the Port of London and the tidal River Thames.  Among its membership are people with a long-standing interest in port and river-history who have published widely on the subject.  The Group holds regular monthly meetings, hosts annual conferences and publishes associated Proceedings.”

British Transport Treasures
Stuart Rankin, who wrote a series of booklets and papers focusing mainly on the maritime heritage of Rotherhithe (London SE16), has developed a website that now offers a range of titles, some of which are connected with the River Thames and the Port of London.  Many of the titles are now out of print and they are all available for download at reasonable prices that cover the cost of hosting the site, with part of the price of each purchase going to the charity Help for Heroes.

Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society
The Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society was established in 1994 during the regeneration of the area by the London Docklands Development Corporation (L.D.D.C.).  The aim of the society is to encourage interest in the history of Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and the surrounding area, including Docklands and the River Thames.  The current Chair is Michael A Reardon.  Full details about their programme, membership and how to contact and locate them can be found on their website.