Tag: History

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HMS BELFAST!

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:

Art at the Bridge #8: Construction – Destruction – Reconstruction

Published on 03rd August 2017

19 May 2017 – 31 December 2017 New buildings go up; smart technology replaces the old; political constellations re-arrange – constant change dictates our modern world. Now in its eighth iteration, this year’s Art at the Bridge display will exhibit the works of 13 local artists as they explore the theme of change. Expressing their ideas through a variety of techniques including paintings, mixed media and photography, the artists in this new exhibition draw inspiration from their own experiences and highlight the theme’s various possible interpretations: architectural, psychological, cultural and emotional. Developed in partnership with arts organisation, Agenci, Tower Bridge is delighted to once again provide an opportunity for local artists to gain exposure to an international audience of approximately 2,500 visitors daily. Entry to ‘Art at the Bridge #8’ is included in the admission price. Click here for details and tickets. Learn more about community partners. #InsideTowerBridge

Family Tours of Tower Bridge

Published on 24th July 2017

Tower Bridge are offering something extra for families this summer with their fun and interactive family tours. Tours will be running on Tuesday mornings throughout the school holidays and will help families discover more about the history of Tower Bridge and how it works. Run by experienced members of the learning team, tours are designed for children age 6 to 14. Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August Time: 10.30 Average duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Price: £4 per person, in addition to standard ticket prices. Family ticket options for this tour are also available. Contact Tower Bridge bookings department to book and for more information on +44 (0) 207 407 9191 or email bookings@towerbridge.org.uk. It is advised that Family tours are pre-booked and paid for in advance.

Explore: London Bridge Guided Walk

Published on 05th July 2017

Whether you are new to the area or are just keen to learn more about the neighbourhood, our FREE guided walking tour of London Bridge provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) and lass for approx 90 mins. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take you to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as you go along. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes. Places are limited so please book your free ticket on Eventbrite here. 

Guided Tour: A Place for Old and New

Published on 12th May 2017

This free guided walking tour of London Bridge area provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. There is plenty of fascinating architecture to admire and learn about en route. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take us to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as we go along. Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London and last for approximately 90 mins. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes.  Click here to book your free place. This event is part of London Festival of Architecture