Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

Canning Town one hundred years ago

Nice discovery. Superb picture of Barking Road, Canning Town, one hundred years ago in 1920. It’s almost like a model. A Department of Transport photographer captured this one. Picture: Historic England Archives.   See heritage […]

Your Royal Docks community memories can be part of a dance theatre production

A dance theatre company called Sweetshop Revolution are planning to stage a project in the Royal Docks and want help from local people with their memories of the area from the past … and the […]

Young get chance to design COVID-19 capsule – and fill the inside!

Newham’s young people are being given the chance to design the outside of a special time capsule – as well as contribute to the contents. Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve and Heritage Newham – People, Places, […]

Jul, 04

Join us for the Royal Docks History Club’s Facebook Live Talk Show

  Tune in for the Royal Docks History Club’s first Facebook Live Show on to discover more on the History of the The Royal Docks. You will be able to comment with your own questions […]

Jun, 13

All the fun (and history of) the fair!

Roll Up! Roll Up! A new booklet detailing the history of the fair at Wanstead Flats will be available soon. From their earliest days fairs have had a reputation for drunkenness, lewdness and riotous behaviour […]

Jun, 02

Making a Home In Newham – Heritage Month is online in June

The history and diversity of people who have made Newham their home over hundreds of years of migration is the theme for Newham Heritage Month with an online programme of free activities throughout June. Past […]

May, 26

VE Day celebrations: What the papers said about life in West Ham and East Ham

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.  Despite our current worldwide crisis, we are still making time to mark this landmark in our nation’s history. As the […]

May, 04

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