Colin Grainger

Silvertown

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

Vivid recollections of wartime evacuation…drama and tears

 When a loved one passes away it is a time of great sadness but also a chance to celebrate their life. In the months after, gems about that person’s life can be unearthed and to […]

Sep, 21

East London story that changed the course of the war

The Royal Docks and London’s East End suffered mass devastation during the Second World War. From Black Saturday on September 7 1940, the lives of locals changed forever. But the latest in our Forgotten Stories […]

Aug, 23

Magical moment in history that shaped a young man’s life

Bill Grainger was just 12 when he saw the magical moment in Newham’s history that changed his life and ignited his passion in the sea. He was one of 100,000 who witnesses the famous Mauretania […]

Jul, 06

Chemical factory that eventually became the Thames Barrier park

Close up on a picture from my past…a shot I took with an old Polaroid camera 43 years ago in Silvertown of PR Chemicals, also known as Printar, and the Tarmac Factory next door. It was […]

Aug, 11

Real Olympics Legacy ignored in Government’s rush to claim credit says Sir Robin Wales

The real legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been ignored by ministers in their rush to claim credit for their achievements. That is the response from Mayor of Newham and former member […]

Jul, 21

Hanging on to our sense of East End unity – MP Lyn Brown

  In the latest in a series of articles about the Olympics Legacy, probably the most inspirational views come from MP Lyn Brown. West Ham MP Lyn Brown firmly believes that the goodwill and community […]

Jun, 06

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