Colin Grainger


Help Drew Primary School make music … and memories

DREW School in Silvertown are working on an exciting new project – and are creating a music video…and they want help from local people who live or who have lived in the area. Drew headteacher […]

Feb, 24

First hand account of Black Saturday and beyond – and memories of wartime North Woolwich and Silvertown

VIVID memories of Black Saturday, wartime life and beyond in North Woolwich and Silvertown were unearthed by me this week. The eyewitness account also reveals how most people in the rest of East London thought […]

Jan, 25

Reflections of the past: Silvertown and Canning Town from the sky

Picture Post: This view of Silvertown Way was captured in 1938 and shows how the area looked before the Second World War began a year later. The pictures is part of the Britain From Above […]

Dec, 07

Thirty years on – poignant tributes to fallen firefighters

A wreath laying and memorial service is to take place in memory of two firefighters who lost their lives in a tragic warehouse blaze 30 years ago. The wreath laying and short memorial event will […]

Jun, 30

History club looking forward to the future – while reflecting on the past!

A history club in the Royal Docks area of Newham has celebrated its fourth birthday. The Royal Docks History Club launched in January 2017 with support from the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre in […]

Feb, 09

The Ferry Festival – an event with a special place in the hearts of the ‘island’ community of North Woolwich and Silvertown

Of all the marvellous tales that have been captured both in words and on film in the Forgotten Stories series there is one event in local history that has a special place in the hearts […]

Jul, 26

How the floods of the 1950s shaped our past and present

London is thankfully protected from flooding today thanks to the structure dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World – the magnificent Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown. But the community in and around the Royal Docks […]

Mar, 31


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