Friday, 24 May 2013

Stephen Lawrence honoured with blue heritage plaque

A blue plaque has been put up as a memorial to Stephen Lawrence. Pic:
Pic: Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
A Nubian Jak Community Trust blue plaque has been put up as a memorial to Stephen Lawrence.

EastLondon Lines writes:
 "Stephen Lawrence has been honoured with a blue heritage plaque in tribute to his life. Lawrence is the third person to receive this kind of memorial.

The plaque was  unveiled during a service led by Chairman of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Symon Sentain and Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, at The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford on May 21 ...."

Stephen Lawrence honoured with blue heritage plaque
Posted from EastLondon Lines

Friday, 17 May 2013

First World War: then and now - HLF launches small grants scheme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched First World War: then and now, a £6 million small grants programme to help communities mark the Centenary of the First World War.

HLF is making at least £1 million available per year for six years until 2019. It will provide grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Successful projects will include:
  • researching, identifying and recording local heritage
  • creating a community archive or collection
  • developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc
  • researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
The new programme can also provide funding for the conservation of war memorials.

HLF has already invested £12 million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available from the First World War: then and now page. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.

HLF-funded First World War projects
The tragic story of the Accrington Pals regiment inspired young people to create a short film about the Lancashire battalion. The film recounts the attack on Serre in 1916 that claimed the lives of most of the battalion’s soldiers and the impact on their families.  (Award £11,200)

Volunteers in Huddersfield are researching the history of rugby league, in particular the impact the war had on their local club. They are learning about the life of star team player Douglas Clark and the recruitment efforts aimed at enlisting rugby players.  (Award £99,800)

Local people in the Wylye Valley are finding out how this rural community was transformed during the early months of the First World War when a six mile site of temporary army camps were set up to train soldiers to fight in France. The largest village in the valley then had a population of 50, and the influx of trainees totalled 24,000.  (Award £18,000)

The Diamond War Memorial project revealed that the men commemorated on the monument in the centre of Derry-Londonderry were from both Unionist and Nationalist backgrounds. This discovery challenged perceptions about identity, and the monument itself is now viewed as a shared landmark in the city.  (Award £49,800)

Black families in Liverpool have been researching their roots and uncovering fascinating stories of about how their ancestors were involved in the First World War. The project will produce a collection of oral histories and potentially a range of objects and archive material that will enhance the collection at the new Museum of Liverpool.  (Award £10,000)

Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre holds a large range of primary material and resources relating to the First World War, and the boroughs of Deptford and Lewisham during the early part of the 20th century. For further information or discuss how we can support a project please email us at, call us on 020 8297 0682, or drop in and visit.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Barnes Wallis, the Dambusters Raid and New Cross

70 years ago today at 9.28pm on 16 May 1943, the first of 19 Lancaster heavy bombers lifted off from RAF Scampton at the start of the Dambusters Raid on the Ruhr dams in Germany.  Immortalised by the Dambusters film and famous theme tune the bombers used the 'bouncing bomb' invented by  Sir Barnes Wallis - a New Cross resident from 1892 - 1909. 

Barnes Wallis was commemorated by the unveiling of a Lewisham Maroon Plaque at his former home at 241 New Cross Road on 29 September 1984. You can see images of the unveiling on our Picasa web album site

The wording of the plaque reads "Sir Barnes Wallis C.B.E. F.R.S., 1887-1979, Pioneer of aircraft design, lived here, 1892-1909"