Colin Grainger

Celebration of Newham’s heritage planned for November

The dates for the third celebration of Newham’s history and heritage have been confirmed.

Newham Heritage Week will take place between November 8 and 18.

The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage and the representation of the peoples act plus the Armistice  – both of which have centenaries this year, writes Colin Grainger.


  • Armistice Day in East Ham last year. Royal British Legion members talk to local youngsters about the World Wars

There are a number of other Newham anniversaries which will be recognised including Abbey Mills Pumping Station (150 years), Newham Book Shop (40 years), Eastside Community Heritage (20 years) and the Ronan Point disaster (50 years).

Newham Council said the borough of has a rich history, and Newham Heritage Week offers the platform and opportunity for local heritage organisations to come together in celebration.

Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress is taking part in the 11-day event and is organising a number of events.

The council said : “Newham Heritage Week also offers an opportunity to support and promote local groups, organisations and individuals with heritage related projects, activities and events, helping to foster community cohesion and help people understand, appreciate and be proud of the neighbourhood they live in.”

Though there are key themes this year  any element of Newham’s heritage can be considered for involvement.

“Last year was the second year of this project and a total of 73 activities took place during Newham Heritage Week, at 26 venues across the borough (an increase on 2016 of 19 activities and 1 venue).  Twenty five separate groups and organisations were involved in delivering activities and events. Many of these were delivered by motivated heritage enthusiasts who gave up their time to help support and enhance the project. “

Want to be involved? If so just print off complete the forms pictured below, complete and re-scan and return by email to



If you need any information on Heritage Newham: People, Places, Progress please go to to contact section on this website. Or, if you prefer, you can contact us via our Facebook Page at


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This article was written on 15 Aug 2018, and is filed under Heritage, Heritage Newham, History, Newham Council.

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