Our programmes for 2016-2017

The launch of the paddle steamer Banshee, Illustrated London News

The launch of the paddle steamer Banshee, Illustrated London News

Our dates for Summer Term are:

Monday 8th May to Monday 17th July (excluding Bank Holiday Monday 29th May). Details of the programme are published below.

Our dates for the upcoming Autumn Term are:

October 9th to December 11th inclusive. Details of the programme will be published here when finalized.

You can also see our previous programmes for Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 below.  If you would like to join us for all of our two hour sessions on a Monday from 11am to 1pm, please see our Join Us page – we would love to welcome you.  For those who cannot make it, if you sign up using the Follow Us button on our Introduction page you will be automatically notified when the latest summaries of our presentations are posted on our News page.

Summer 2017

Monday 8th May 
Ian McBrayne – Walk: The Highway and its Byways

Monday 15th May
Tony Keen – Walk:  Shakespeare Land and Southwark

Monday 22nd May
Jill Napier – Visit and Walk: Nunnery Gallery and Bow

Monday 29th May Spring Bank Holiday
No session

Monday 5th June  
Sheila Dobner – Cable Car and Walk: The Emirates Airline to Thames Barrier Park

Monday 12th June  
Fran Bulwer – Walk:  The Lansbury Estate

Monday 19th June
Barry Blackburn – Visit: The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Monday 26th June  
Tony Keen  – Visit: Eltham Palace

Monday 3rd July 
Peter Luck  – Walk: The Swanscombe Peninsula

Monday 10th July 
Sue Littledale – Walk: Surrey Docks, Grand Surrey Canal and the Deptford Victualling Yard

Monday 17th July    
Kathy Lancaster – Walk: Wanstead Park

Spring 2017

Monday 16th January
Ann Evans – Gunter Plüschow:  Tsingtao to Tilbury and Beyond
Andie Byrnes – The Egyptian Obelisk on Victoria Embankment. A 3500 Year Journey

Monday 23rd January
Short presentations:
Jill Napier – Carpenters’ Hall
Ian McBrayne – East India Company Buildings
Barry Blackburn – Henry Robinson Palmer
Fran Bulwer – The Silvertown Explosion of 1917

Monday 30th January
Barry Blackburn –  Allhallows  – A New Seaside Resort in the Making
Anne Tickell –  River Thames – Geology & Early Settlement

Monday 6th February
Ian McBrayne – Robert Milligan
Tony Keen –  Why the London Docks Were Built

Monday 13th February
Visiting Speaker:  Georgie Weymss (Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London) is speaking to us on the subject of:   Asian Seamen in London

Monday 20th February
Jill Napier – East End 1911

Monday 27th February
Perdita Jones:  Visit, introduction & tour of Tower Hamlets Archives, Bancroft Rd, E1, from 11am- to 1pm

Monday 8th March
Fran Bulwer – Hawksmoor’s Docklands Churches
Peter Luck – Erith, Crayford, and the Dartford Marshes

Monday 13th March
Sue Littledale – Royal Navy Victuallers & Port of London
Sheila Dobner – Disease and Healthcare in the Port of London

Monday 20th March
Shorts: Paintings, poems, and other short pieces
End of term lunch


Autumn 2016

Monday 10th October
All group members –  To begin the new academic year, we discuss the new programme, our website, recent news and other topics of interest.  This is followed by:
Barry Blackburn – Port of Victoria, Isle of Grain

Monday 17th October
Visiting speaker: Alison Telfer from MOLA.  Crossrail archaeology – Liverpool Street and Broadgate

Monday 24th October
Mark Wolfson – St Helena
Roy Fenton – Steam Engines

Monday 31st October
Ian McBrayne- The Spice Trade
Sheila Dobner – Woolwich Ferry

Monday 7th November
Sue Littledale – Building Bazalgette’s Embankments
Fran Bulwer – Father Joe Williamson of Stepney

Monday 14th November
Visiting speaker: Stephen Humphrey:  From Hoys to Cunarders:  a history of Maritime Rotherhithe

Monday 21st November
Roy Fenton – The Battle of Jutland
Tony Keen –  Bristol Docks

Monday 28th November
Fran Bulwer: Festival of Britain
Ian McBrayne: The Isle of Dogs

Monday 5th December
Jill Napier: The Hanseatic League

Monday 12th December 2015
Short items, arts, poems and pictures.


Our Programme for 2015-2016

If you are interested in seeing our programme for 2015-2016 you can view it as a PDF here:  programme-for-2015-2016