30 July, 2020
Well we are still constrained and cannot meet, we all hope that we will be able to do something soon. The priority is for everyone to stay safe. If you have found the quiz a useful way of recalling past visits and landmarks the answers to the June Quiz will not surprise you. I shall have to try a lot harder for the next quiz.
Alfred Daniels Mural
When we first moved to the area we went to a presentation at the Town Hall on the impressive murals there. Here is an article from the Spitalfields Life that explores them. Enjoy and thank Maya for finding this, it also appears in the Library Blog which is always worth a browse.
6 June, 2020
We are all able to get out a bit now but still mainly at home so how about another Quiz? Something to read? Or perhaps a Walk?
First up Here is the Quiz.
For the reading you might try a Thames theme. We’ve had a couple of talks from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)’s Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg about their work on the Thames foreshore and the work of the splendidly named FROG (Foreshore Recording and Observation Group) indeed a couple of our members have given updates on the work. MOLA produced a book written by Natalie and Eliott – The River’s Tale ISBN 9781907586453.
I have just started reading an independent mudlarker’s account which is also fascinating and almost immediately relates the fate of the Dove type (thrown from Hammersmith Bridge!). – Mudlarking – Lost and Found on The River Thames by Lara Maiklem ISBN9781408889237.
You might like to build up a thirst by checking out London’s Riverside Pubs by Tim Hampson ISBN9781847735027 which could lead to walks! Especially when they re-open.
For those interested in post war buildings try John Gringrod’s Concretopia ISBN9781906964900 a catalogue of triumphs and failures in this unloved but practical material (even the Roman’s used it!)
A crime novel linked to the histoic bombing of St Pauls The Blue Last by Martha Grimes ISBN9780747268420 or 0747268428 will keep you gripped.
And finally to walks. LBHF has catalogued a number of short walks with a set of downloadable guides here. Some cover ground trod on our outings but there are plenty so should last the lockdown. thanks to Vernon Burgess for the link.
If you cannot get out then you may like to delve into the William Morris Society’s online exhibition a short video and a trail through the exhibits.
7 May, 2020
Those who read our latest Newsletter (149 Spring) may not have had all the answers to our quiz so here they are. How did you do? Should we try this again?