Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Olympic Record - now published online by TNA

"The National Archives holds a range of records on the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games and Cultural Olympiad, from 1896 to the present. We have made these available online for the first time, providing you with access to this rich resource on sporting and cultural history." Highlights include records of the 1908 and 1948 London Olympic Games

The Olympic Record

Monday, 28 May 2012

New online display of rarely seen Victorian Jubilee records

To mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, The National Archives has digitised and displayed a collection of congratulatory addresses presented to Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee in 1887, and Diamond Jubilee in 1897, in a new online exhibition.

New online display of rarely seen Victorian Jubilee records
Posted from The National Archives

Friday, 25 May 2012

Museums Showoff seeks museum performers

Interesting event for museum and heritage workers and visitors

Museums Showoff - An open mic night for everyone who works in or loves museums June 27th, Camden Head, Camden, London

"After a first gig packed with the cream of London's museum talent, both on stage and in the audience, Museums Showoff is back for a second go. Museums Showoff is an open mic night featuring curators, conservators, librarians, collectors, Museum Studies students, archaeologists, social historians, educators, multimedia developers, explainers, visitors, theorists and everyone else associated with museums and library special collections. It brings together people from different areas of the museum world, and gets them to show off their skills, knowledge and passions. Performers get 9 minutes on stage to do ANYTHING about museums, and you can sign up to grab yourself a slot here:

At the first gig we were shown research on the tattoos in Henry Wellcome's collection, found out about Museums at Night, saw a new handling collection, heard songs about dinosaurs and research, learned what happens to teenagers when you train them to be architects in the V&A and discovered the secret to winning technology work from the Science Museum. We also learned how remembering the sounds from Street Fighter 2 could help support a german museum. And now it's time for more of the same...
You can read more about the gig or grab your chance to show off your museum work here:
Please email with any questions or comments! Or follow for more details."

Museums Showoff | seeks museum performers:
Posted from London Museums Group

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Jubilee Weekend

The Jubilee weekend will soon be here. If you take any photos of events in Lewisham please let Lewisham Heritage have a copy for the archives. We have a display at Lewisham Library illustrating royal links with the borough and welcome any additional material.

You can find out more about Jubilee events in the borough on the Lewisham Council website

Display area, 2nd floor outside the Local History and Archives Centre.
email for information

Friday, 18 May 2012

Guided walk of Ladywell and Brockley cemeteries

Brockley Max event - Saturday 2nd June 2.00-4.00pm
"Find out about the people memorialised in the cemeteries, including poets, musicians, war heroes, educationalists, and sportspeople on this approximately two-hour walk. We’ll also learn a bit about the flora, fauna and wildlife. Led by members of the Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries.
Venue: Meet at the Ladywell Road entrance gate"

More information on the Brockley Max website

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Olympic records available online

Olympic records available online: Hundreds of historic documents and images relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been made available online by The National Archives for the first time.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Pete Pope

Posted from local blogger Transpontine Follow the link for the full article

"Pete Pope:
Well-known Deptford community activist Pete Pope died last Friday. He had been ill for some time with cancer. I met Pete a few years ago when he and I were involved with others (including the also departed Paul Hendrich) in planning the Lewisham '77 events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the anti-National Front protests in the area. Various meetings took place in the Marquis of Granby.

Others who knew him well will doubtless have lots of stories to tell. He was particularly active around housing and regeneration issues in the Deptford area, including the campaign against Lewisham Council evicting tenants and selling off the Aragon Tower on the Pepys Estate to private developers (the sale went ahead, with the tower later featured in the BBC documentary The Tower). In fact Pete's face is one of those staring out to the Thames from the Wall of Ancestors sculpture at the base of the Aragon Tower. 

Pete Pope
The sculpture by Martin Bond was first unveiled in 1997, but was recast and repositioned in 2006. It features local  community faces from the time as well as historical figures associated with Deptford. Pete is the face in the top left,  with Tony O'Leary to his right. Below Pete is Shirley Steward and next to her is Grinling Gibbons. The other panel (not pictured) also includes Olaudah Equiano and Catherine of Aragon, among others.
 Pete was also involved with Convoys Opportunity (along with Deptford Misc blogger Bill Ellson and others), campaigning against turning the Convoys Wharf site into a luxury housing development. While their specific proposal for a cruise liner terminal on the site came to nothing (though something similar is now planned for Greenwich peninsula), the questions they raised about using that site for the benefit of the community and acknowledging its maritime history are still very pertinent."

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Fowlers Troop 2012

Fowlers Troop 2012:

"Deptford Fowlers Troop did their annual May Day procession yesterday, featuring the Jack in the Green, musicians and various outlandish costumes. They started out in Southwark Street, went over London Bridge and around the City (where I took these photos) then back over the Millennium Bridge to Bankside."

Posted from Transpontine - more photos on the blog

You can see Thankfull Sturdee's photograph of the Jack in the Green on our Picasa web albums page

Plaque unveiled for borough's boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper

Plaque unveiled for borough's boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper: ONE year after his death, Lewisham has a mural recognising boxing legend Henry Cooper - right above the front door of his childhood home.

Find out about your family history at Lewisham libraries

Find out about your family history at Lewisham libraries: PEOPLE in Lewisham wanting to trace their family history are being invited to get along to the library next month