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.
13 May, 2018
We had a successful series of talks through the winter months including – The Lion Houses, London in the Civil War, Roman London, Thames Archaeology and Panaorama of the Thames. Now with lighter evenings we venture out starting with St Peter’s Church and Square in Hammersmith, probably finishing in the Black Lion. Meet:
7:30PM Tuesday 15 May Outside St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane W6 9BE
hope to see you there.
Next will be a visit by shared private cars to Watts Gallery near Guildford to see the Cecil French bequest of Burne-Jones and other paintings before the exhibition closes. Details of travel will be agreed with those who have shown an interest, its not too late email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Departing at 1030AM 29 May For Watts Gallery returning late afternoon
In June we will visit Kensal Green Cemetery at 11:00AM 30 June
For July we have secured a talk on St Pauls Girls School by Dr Howard Bailes which will be at
7:00pm on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 In the Jessie Mylne Education Centre at Fulham Palace
Further details will be found in our current and next newsletters
20 February, 2018
Another terrific talk to start the year.
TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY at 7.30
In 1136 a book appeared that was to change history – literally. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ”History of the Kings of Britain” detailed a fundamentily ‘British History’ that was accepted as genuine for 400 and more years. There was no place in it for the Roman Conquest of Britain, or for Londinium, capital of a province of the Roman Empire. Just that London had been ‘New Troy’, older than Rome and ruled by independent British kings like Lud, who built the city’s walls. Only in the 16th century did London historians question this story. With access to classical texts rediscovered during the Renaissance and spread by printing, and with the natives of the newly discovered America’s as models for an understanding of the ‘Ancient Britons’ described by Julius Caesar, they were better placed to interpret the nature of Roman London. Rebuilding works after the Great Fire revealed relics of this earlier London, and they were collected, recorded and discussed by antiquarians. Yet the popular belief that London was an already ancient city before the arrival of the Romans was hard to ignore.
John Clark was formerly Keeper of the Medieval Department at the Museum of London. Now retired he is Professor Emeritus. Do come along and here this fascinating, illustrated talk.
St Clements Church Hall, Fulham Palace Road, SW6
FREE (Non-members £3 includes refreshments)
21 September, 2017
Summer saw us having a truly revelatory visit to Buscot Park the home of Lord Farringdon with previously unseen drawings and documents by Charlotte Sulivan, a stand at the Parson’s Green Fair and summer Garden Party.
Now for the Winter programme we have two splendid talks and a show and tell evening with a Christmas Party in December. Full details are in the latest Newsletter here are the dates:
26 Sep 7:00pm The Development of the Peterborough Estate (Lion Houses) a talk by Peter Kulpa. Jesse Milne Centre Fulham Palace.
10 Oct 7:00pm A Proud Unthankefull City? – London & the English Civil Wars A Talk by David Flintham. Jesse Milne Centre Fulham Palace.
15 November 7:30pm Show and Tell – following last year’s success, a chance to talk about your and other’s pieces of history. At St Clements Church Hall, Fulham Palace Road.
11 December 7:00pm Members’ Christmas Buffet at Pryors Bank, Bishop’s Park Fulham.
Do note the two talks are slightly earlier and in the Palace Education Centre to ensure the best facilities.
To all those interested in our local history there can be no greater event than an archaeological dig. At our own Fulham Palace a search for the documented Dovecote and possible earlier medieval buildings will begin in October but your help is needed please look at the website and persuade your friends and local businesses to contribute. The Society will be making a significant donation but lots of help is needed. We eagerly await news of whatever they uncover.
3 April, 2017
TUESDAY 11 APRIL, 7:30PM
We had a lively AGM re-electing the Committee and officers and were treated to the postponed talk on “Mr Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc” by our chairman. Amazingly this doctor cum dentist and adventurer found it better to run theatre shows of his adventures; becoming popular in the highest circles including the Queen.
Keith also did a succesful talk on the postal services in Fulham and Hammersmith at the West London Local History Conference. He and our secretary sold 80 books so a great success.
Our next event will be Jacina Bird talking about her forebears who during the 19th century built much of Hammersmith including St Peter’s Church and the stone piers of the first Hammersmith bridge. The talk will be supplemented by slides and items from family collection.
So do join us for what promises to be an interesting talk at 7:30pm in St Clements Hall Fulham Palace Road near the corner of Crabtree Lane details of buses etc in the Newsletter
5 March, 2017
Do look at our latest newsletter which gives the Agenda for our AGM on 21 March at 7:30pm and outlines our Spring Programme. We have talks on Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc(at the AGM), the Bird family of Hammersmith (11 April) and walks around Parson’s Green (9 May) and Brompton Cemetery (6 June). We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.