19 August, 2013
Here you can find information on the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, contact info, how to join, and a list of the books that we have published and you can buy. We will also be publishing reports on past events (for forthcoming events, you are encouraged to join and receive the Society’s regular newsletter).
The membership rate is £8 full rate and £5 concessions.
15 May, 2019
Imperial Gas Works
From Sandford Manor Estate, to Imperial Gas Company, to
modern housing development in less than 200 years. Keith our
Chairman will guide us around this area giving an insight into
its busy past and the changes that have ensued. A cypher for
what has happened to our borough in this period. The gasholder
pictured is reputed to be the oldest in the world dating from the
Meet outside Tescos near the Imperial Wharf Overground
Station on Townmead Road for this FREE tour.
Buses: C3 and 391 stop nearby. By Car: There is parking nearby although not free.
Overground: is convenient for West Brompton, Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush or Clapham Junction.
2 April, 2019
Charles Dickens is in the news currently as a lost original portrait has been discovered there is an appeal by the Charles Dickens Museum for funds please check out the link.
Did you know that the great author had links to to our borough. The Guardian says: In 1847 Dickens had founded a “home for homeless women” with his friend the wealthy philanthropist Baroness Burdett-Coutts. With typical energy he found the premises – Urania Cottage in London’s Shepherd’s Bush – and then flung himself into organising every detail of it, from the food to the flower garden, and the piano around which the women would gather for wholesome evening entertainment.
On a sadder note his son also Charles was born at Furnivals Inn in Holborn, London, the first child of Charles Dickens and his then-wife Catherine Hogarth. Charles Dickens Jr. Died 20 June 1896 (aged 59 ) Fulham, London, England.
The area also features in his work – The mystery of Edwin Drood has a great illustration by Sir Luke Fildes of people in a boat passing by Fulham church and bridge.
Fulham Church and Bridge
2 April, 2019
Just a quick note to say I watched this programme on My5 (channel 5’s version of i-player). It is a rapid canter through loads of history but no less interesting for that. The joy of course is that there are very few adverts when watching this way. Worth a look there are only 4 episodes.
25 February, 2019
Japanese British Exhibition
On Tuesday 19 Feb Kath Shawcross the LBHF Archivist gave us an overview of the background to and current services provided to the public. One of the major benefits of the move to Hammersmith Library has been improved access to the local history collection much of which is now available to browse whenever the library is open and Kath is there on Mondays and Tuesdays to assist and deal with requests for items from the archive. For family historians, electoral registers, Ancestry UK, Census, photograph collection and newpapers on microfiche are a terrific resouce. A major achievement has been the addition of a public website search of the Archive Catalogue Kath also talked about the work of volunteers, recent acquisitions, museum objects, special collections – such
William Morris Pipe and Bag
as William Morris and the Art collection. An example of the latter is the loan of a nude sketch by Archibald Standish Hartrick to the Tate for the current Van Gogh exhibition. More of the collection can be accessed through searches of London Screen Archives and ArtUK. We were treated to slides of some of the most popular and more interesting items in the archive from the Japan British Exhibition through deeds and photographers’ glass plates to the records of a Hammersmith framing company heavily used to provide provenance for art works. All told an interesting insight in to the borough’s collection and how to access it.
The Creek Hammersmith
15 February, 2019
KATH SHAWCROSS, LBHF ARCHIVIST ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ARCHIVE SERVICE
Kath took over the Archives from a succession of short term appointees shortly after the move to Hammersmith Library. Having consolidated the improvements in access from the move she is now embarking on measures to digitise some of the peripheral indexes to aid research. Kath brings a great deal of experience to the post and this should be an interesting talk as she outlines future developments with some lovely slides of lesser known parts of the collection.
St Clements Church Hall, Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6DS (near corner of Crabtree Lane)
Buses: 74, 220, 424, 430 (stop outside), 190, 211, 295 (stop nearby in Lillie Road)
FREE (Non-members £3 includes refreshments)
14 December, 2018
We have been alerted by Gresham College to a series of lectures on Sir Thomas Gresham their founder on the 500th year of his birth. The College carries the tradition of education open to all through a programme of free lectures.
Details at this link
Hope this will be of interest.
10 December, 2018
Next year’s conference will have the theme Entertainment in South and West London it will be held at The University of West London. Tickets at £15 will be available from Kieth Whitehouse at the Christmas Party or directly.