Tag: History

Meet the Victorians

Published on 11th June 2019

  • Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June, daily • FREE with admission entry To celebrate the official anniversary weekend, meet the workers, engineers and passers-by that once inhabited Tower Bridge. Taking inspiration from the ever-growing archive of personal histories from the lifetime of the Bridge, costumed actors will perform across the Bridge, bringing the story of the opening weekend to life. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125

All Hands on Deck

Published on 17th July 2018

  All hands on deck! The whole family is invited to take part to help keep the iconic warship, HMS Belfast, in tip-top condition. Ship Shape Saturdays will be led by our expert conservator, where visitors can drop in and learn what it takes to preserve HMS Belfast, IWM’s largest museum object, then put their learning into practice as they work through specially-assigned tasks searching for hungry insect pests, restoring the ship’s original fittings and furniture, and caring for fabrics with specialised tools. 28th July to 25th August Every Saturday, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

We Were There: Meet Veterans and Eyewitnesses

  Meet veterans and eyewitnesses from home and overseas who have lived through periods of conflict and hear more about their experiences. From life at the front line and being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars, our family-friendly sessions allow you to get an insight into conflict that you wouldn’t find in the history books from those who witnessed it first hand. Please note that due to the unique nature of this session, eyewitness availability may vary. Dates 25 July 2018 1 August 2018 8 August 2018 15 August 2018 22 August 2018 29 August 2018

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at The Old Operating Theatre

Published on 04th July 2018

For one night only the Old Operating Theatre Museum’s Herb Garret will transform itself to accommodate a very special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! It would be only appropriate that this experience will have specialty teas, including herbal ones inspired by the Herb Garret. In addition, guests will be able to choose from a range of amazing homemade baked goods and savoury treats to nibble on. While in the Museum, guests will be welcomed to follow the white rabbit to learn about 19th century insane remedies to cure everything and listen to an alternative take of Alice Adventures in Wonderland in the Operating Theatre. An imaginative experience that promises to be unforgettable. Limited spaces available Price: £25 *Access to the museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.

Bridging Identities: Shad Thames Reinvented

Published on 08th May 2018

Explore the iconic Shad Thames and discover its evolving identity at this free event, part of the upcoming London Festival of Architecture. Starting with local hospitality in a riverside restaurant, you’ll then hear about the area’s 19th century history, its reinvention through regeneration in the 1980s, and current developments. The discussion will be framed around buildings and social history from all periods as well as the riverside location, and the two bridges shaping Shad Thames – Tower Bridge and St Saviours Dock footbridge, both of which have exciting developments coming up. The event will end with a short walk around the area, finishing at Anise Gallery/AVR where you can visit their LFA exhibition “Scents of Shad Thames: Experience history through the senses” which explores the identity of Shad Thames in unexpected ways. Timings 10.30  Meet at Browns (Private Dining Room), Butlers Wharf Riverside Join us for refreshments and hear from different speakers about the past, present and future identity of the area. 11.30 Leave from Browns A short guided walk around Shad Thames, taking in historical buildings as well as current and future developments. 12.30 Visit to Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames Drop in to see Scents of Shad Thames.: Exploring history through the senses, a multi-sensory exhibition which includes discovering Shad Thames through virtual reality and other unexpected ways.  

Death, Dissection & the Destitute: a Political History of the Human Corpse

Published on 28th March 2018

The Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret hosts a talk by author Ruth Richardson on the topic of death and the body in 19th century England. Before 1832 dissection was a feared and hated punishment for murder. The 1832 Anatomy Act requisitioned instead the corpses of the poor, transferring the penalty from murder to poverty. The Anatomy Act contributed to the terrible fear of the Victorian workhouse and influences attitudes towards death even today. This talk by author Ruth Richardson analyses the subject drawing on many disciplines to explore the fundamental issues of folklore and science, life and death and the political struggles surrounding ownership of the body in the 19th century. ‘A heartfelt dilemma whose history is movingly explored….Passionate, powerful and elegant’. Roy Porter, The Guardian. April 26th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Tickets

March Diary

Published on 12th March 2018

London Hat Week 2018, Fashion & Textile Museum and London Bridge Hive, 22-28 March With a collection of more than 80 hat related events across London including over 50 classes, The Great Hat Exhibition, styling events, the London Hat Walk and even some millinery magic, #LHW18 is set to be the biggest and best yet! The festivities begin on the 22nd with a take over of the Fashion and Textile Museum for a full evening of fashion, friends and fabulous hats: book your tickets and view the full schedule here.    HMS Belfast Birthday Weekender, HMS Belfast, 17th & 18th March Head to HMS Belfast and help celebrate her 80th birthday on the weekend of 17 – 18 March. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake created by Sophie Faldo, the 2017 winner of The Great British Bake Off, grab a souvenir photo in our Birthday Photobooth and try out some temporary tattoos to complete your Naval look! More info.    Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland, Borough Market, 14th-17th March Borough Market will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day by showcasing the culinary delights of Northern Ireland from 14th-17th March. The regional showcase will bring to life a fantastic array of produce sourced from this small, yet mighty, region, with a longstanding heritage in food and drink.   Michael Forbes Exhibition, The Underdog Gallery, Until March 18th  The Underdog Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by British pop surrealist artist Michael Forbes, an almost entirely self-taught Pop Surrealist artist. His paintings are an extraordinary visual record of his thoughts and dreams, often journeying into the subconscious. Open until 18th March. Free entry. More events in London Bridge this March Until 11th March- Seesaw – Unicorn Theatre 12th March – Bordeaux Wine Dinner – Aqua Shard 14th March – The Book People – Cottons Centre & No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 15th March – Film Night: Gates of Heaven– The Old Operating Theatre Until 17th March – Counterfit – Bermondsey Project Space 19th March – Vivat Bacchus Own Wines – Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus From 21st March – Harvey Daniels, Watercolours – Eames Fine Art 23rd March – Anthony Gold Red Nose Day Bake Sale – London Bridge City 23rd – 24th March – Version A – Unicorn Theatre 24th March – Earth Hour – London Bridge City From 24th March – Beginners – Unicorn Theatre 26th March – Cheese at London Bridge: Britain vs France – Vivat Bacchus 30th March – Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition – London Bridge City 31st March Easter Egg Hunt with Fantasy High Street  – London Bridge City Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout March Julius Caesar – The Bridge Theatre Eddie Peake Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey He Xiangu Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey Doubt, Lent Exhibition – Southwark Cathedral T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – Fashion & Textile Museum The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast A Tale of Two Southwark’s Exhibition – Roast Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition


Published on 08th March 2018

Head to HMS Belfast and help celebrate her 80th birthday on the weekend of 17 – 18 March. Now a London landmark on the River Thames, on March 17 1938 she was launched by Mrs Neville Chamberlain to the cheers of hundreds of spectators. Since then she has served in the Arctic Convoys, fought in the Korean War, travelled the world and, famously, played a key role at the D-Day landings. On 17 March, you can meet veterans from across HMS Belfast’s 80 year history and learn about what it was like to live and work at sea. A number of free events on board include the return of Signals at Sea, where families can learn how lights, radios, codes and flags were used to pass messages from ship to ship. You can also learn how to send your own name in Morse Code, as well as a new signal created specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake created by Sophie Faldo, the 2017 winner of The Great British Bake Off, grab a souvenir photo in our Birthday Photobooth and try out some temporary tattoos to complete your Naval look. For visitors over 18, you can also enjoy a complimentary rum punch, inspired by the ‘tots, sippers and gulpers’ that were part of life in the Royal Navy all those years ago. Alongside all these activities, don’t miss your chance to explore all nine decks of the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, still moored today on the River Thames.

The Leather Industry around Bermondsey Street – FREE history talk

Published on 08th February 2018

Find out more about the Leather Industry in the Bermondsey Street area Thursday 15 February at 6.30pm In 1730 Queen Anne granted a royal charter and 100 years later, tanneries and other leather work covered our area. By 1980, it had all gone. Jennie Howells, local historian will be sharing this history with us on Thursday 15 February at The Hive (Team London Bridge), 1 Melior Place, London SE1 3SZ. Drinks from 6.30pm, talk at 7pm. To book your FREE place, please email clare@clarebirks.com. This event is organised by BSAP (Bermondsey Street Area Partnership).  

Download the Shad Thames Trail

Published on 30th August 2017

What makes Shad Thames so special? This self guided trail created by our neighbours at STAMP (Shad Thames Area Partnership) highlights the features that make Shad Thames one of central London’s most iconic spaces. From the riverside location and the 19th century industrial buildings, to the bold architecture of late 20th century regeneration and new developments coming up – follow the  Shad Thames Trail to discover the magic of this riverside gem. Download here or view online: