Colin Grainger

History

Campaigning for the community for 50 years – happy birthday Newham Recorder

Happy birthday to the Newham Recorder, which celebrates the milestone of 50 years of existence today. I was asked to write a piece marking the anniversary today for a special supplement in the paper. And […]

Jun, 13

Memories of East Ham Co-op – over 60 years of magic for young and old

It was a store that had a magical excitement back in the day – for both adults and children. The Co-op in East Ham evokes memories of all that was best in shopping. It was […]

Jun, 12

The games we played – every night and every day

They are the games that have stood the test of time. Each generation had its own favourites and passed down the laughs and memories to the next in the Royal Docks Community. My earliest memory […]

Jun, 07

The Palace: East Ham Theatre with a special place in my heart

The Palace was the last surviving theatre in East Ham, enduring The Blitz and lasting half a century after its creation. The theatre – and what was built on its site after it closed – […]

Apr, 10

The uninvited guest who dropped in – and helped fund the fightback against Hitler

How the Miracle of Grenadier Street Turned the Tables on Hitler sounds like it should be title of a film or book. But our latest in the Forgotten Stories series is a gem amidst the […]

Jun, 27

Help tell the story of the Silvertown Explosion in 1917 – and add to history archive

Local people are being asked to contribute to a history archive being created on the Silvertown Explosion in 1917 in our Royal Docks. Did you or your family used to work in or grow up in […]

Oct, 12

Keeping our rich tapestry of history alive – full details of Newham’s Heritage week

Full details of Newham’s Heritage week later this month are now revealed. The celebration of our history begins on from October 24. The week is being jointly staged by Newham Council and the Museum for […]

Oct, 10

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