The Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society’s aim is to encourage interest in the history of Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, the surrounding area, Docklands and the River Thames.
It was established in 1994 in the days of the London Docklands Development Corporation (L.D.D.C.). This quango, established in 1981 to regenerate the disused docks, sought to engage the local community by funding local history lectures. Diana Rimel of Goldsmiths College organised these in the former Dock Offices on Surrey Quays Road and in 1994, when the L.D.D.C. withdrew, Time & Talents stepped in and re-packaged the talks as its local history group.
The founding Chair of the society was Stuart Rankin. He was succeeded by Paul Blosse, then Michael Daniels and Claire Sexton. The current Chair is Michael A Reardon.
In 2011 we simplified our relationship with Time & Talents to become the autonomous society we are today, appointing distinguished local historian Stephen Humphrey as our first President and Tommy Steele, O.B.E. as the society's Patron. We are extremely grateful to them both for being part of this new chapter.
In 2016 the we was deeply saddened by the untimely death of Stephen Humphrey, tributes to him together with an account of his life and historical publications were included in the societies Redriffe Chronicle of Summer 2018