Colin Grainger

Heritage

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

Heritage Lottery Fund makes Newham ‘Area of Focus’ as plans are revealed for celebration of history

Newham officially became an ‘Area of Focus’ for funding and support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund last night. It’s a boost to the borough’s history and heritage and will give locals a chance to […]

Jan, 17

Pictures that illustrate the part East London played in the D Day landings

More than three years ago I wrote a piece that attracted a lot of interest about the part that our manor played in the D Day. Thanks to the memories of funeral boss Stan Harris […]

Nov, 27

Events celebrate the history of our Royal Docks – and you can be part

Two events are being staged as part of a special festival to celebrate the history of the Royal Docks. And local people with a passion for history are being given the chance to not only […]

Jul, 26

Revealed: Touching World War One Armistice story from Silvertown 100 years ago

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture […]

Nov, 07

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