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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Hope this will be of interest.
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.
Temple of Mithras
Situated at 12 Walbrook, on the line of one London’s ancient rivers, the
Mithraeum recreates the Roman Temple of Mithras in its original location now under the Bloomberg Centre in the heart of the city.
St Stephen’s Walbrook
Afterwards we will visit St Stephens Wallbrook which dates to 1672 with even earlier predecessors. https://ststephenwalbrook.net/history/
This should be an interesting morning we have tickets for 15 at the Temple but any extras could easily join the next public group. We have a timed slot so do try to be there promptly.
Meet at 1050 outside the Bloomberg Centre at 12 Walbrook – EC4N 8AA by the entrance to the Mithraeum. By tube to Mansion House (district) or Bank (central). Maphttps://goo.gl/maps/G6HwAq81mXH2
We all travel around London heading to our destination and probably not noticing the history on the pavements of our streets. Much of course is modern and ever changing. The Victorian pavements clearly had stone paving as can be seen where there are still coal-hole covers set into the stone. Elsewhere the concrete slabs have taken over. These coal-hole covers themselves vary from the generic mass produced versions to those bearing names of local purveyors. These are all from Fulham streets in a very small area.
Coal Hole London
There are also markings on kerb stones: these in Munster Road are believed to mark the pitches of the now defunct street market. They consist of a series of arrow head inscriptions about 15 feet apart with a number inbetween.
or this in Clareville Street Kensington
– possibly long gone utilities?
More modern are the utility manhole covers; for example you can see the morphing of GPO to Post Office Telephones, British Telecom, BT and Open Reach. The water companies show a similar pattern of change from local utilities to a modern day giant company.
This boundary stone doesn’t seem to relate to known land owners so there is a story to discover here.
Of course there are the obvious such as this post box in Warwick Gardens Kensington
or this original gate on Bloom Park Road although sadly not many of these are left. The original lock plate is still in place containing the mark of its Glasgow makers. Britain was a very connected society even then.
So our London streets can reveal their history even on a walk to work or the shops.