Keeping History Alive in London's Secret Riverside Villages
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Mayflower 400 - Rotherhithe, London
Rotherhithe is in the London Borough of Southwark, on the Southbank of the River Thames. As an internationally-recognised cultural destination, renowned for its vibrant performing and visual arts, history and heritage, Southwark Council is working with businesses, cultural and community partners to introduce a programme of events
Crossbones is thought to have been established originally as an
un-consecrated graveyard for prostitutes, or "single women", who were known locally as "Winchester Geese" because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work within the Liberty of the Clink.
From the high-level West Walkway, take in stunning panoramic views and experience the thrill of seeing London life through the Glass Floor.
Follow in the footsteps of the unsung heroes of Tower Bridge. Uncover their stories and soak in the atmosphere of the working Bridge in one of London's true hidden gems: the magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms.
Museum of London Archeology (MOLA)
MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) is an experienced and innovative archaeology and built heritage practice. We have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on schemes both large and small.
Southwark Local History Library & Archive
Our search room contains an extensive range of books on all aspects of Southwark’s history. Visitors are welcome to browse all of our resources,
Lewisham Local History & Archives Centre
Please contact us in advance of your visit, to check that we have the material you want to see, or for advice on your project.
Archive material is available by appointment only.
The Port of London
Our group was established to share the experience of exploring the history, heritage and archaeology of the port of London in a self-directed, special interest group which meets at Canada Water Library every Monday at 11am-1pm.
The Thames Estuary Library
The Thames Estuary Library aims to chart responses to the estuary as a landscape, and as a cultural and historical phenomenon – a repository of sorts.
Bede House is a local Southwark charity, with the flexibility to respond to our area’s changing needs. Government statistics show that some of our neighbourhoods are among the 10% most deprived in Britain. We therefore strive to offer a wide range of support. Since 1938, we’ve been working to unlock new possibilities for young and old to live fuller lives. Our services are delivered through four programmes addressing specific needs.
This website has now been around for 18 years. In that time my random wanderings around London have often been described as psychogeography and that little known penchant for walking around derelict buildings with a camera has been branded urban exploration (aka urbex).
Massey Shaw Education Trust
The Massey Shaw and Marine Vessels Preservation Society (the Society) is a charitable trust operating under the authority of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales and trades as the ‘Massey Shaw Education Trust’.
Education is at the core of the Massey Shaw Education Trust and we are proud to have such a unique resource to display and educate people in the history of the vessel and London’s maritime history.
Southwark Park Galleries
Founded in 1984 by THE BERMONDSEY ARTISTS’ GROUP, Southwark Park Galleries (formerly CGP London) have commissioned and presented over 200 free exhibitions by emergent, overlooked and established British and international artists
The wide circulation of an up-to-date Rotherhithe map and the promotion of established sites and activities within the Ancient Parish of Rotherhithe,
National Historic Ships UK
National Historic Ships UK is a government funded, independent organisation which gives objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK.
It is successor to the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, set up as a non-departmental advisory body in July 2006.
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
Containing over 200,000 items on the history of the borough, the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre can help you discover the history of your family, the area you live in, local buildings, and more.
Camden History Society
Since 1970, we have worked voluntarily to research the social and architectural history of an area that stretches from Highgate to Holborn and Kilburn to King's Cross. We have discovered stories of growth, struggle, invention and inspiration, and can share that with you through our many local history publications and regular public events.
The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. We aim to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts
The History of London
London constantly evolves. In just my own life I have seen a great deal of change: new buildings that replaced those destroyed in the Second World War; the BT Tower and all the tall buildings in the City that sprang up from the ‘60s; Docklands replacing the London docks; It is that constant progression I find so interesting and as I have grown older I found myself wanting to learn about how London evolved to this point. This website is the continually updated result of my studies.
Mayflower 400 UK is an honest, broad and inclusive commemoration of the ship’s sailing from England to America and its often challenging legacy.
It will mark the 400th anniversary year from now through 2021 like never before in history.
British Association for Local History (BALH)
Local history enriches our lives both as individuals and as whole communities. It is an area where amateur and professional can meet and work profitably together. We need your support in promoting this important educational cause.
Thames21 is the voice for London’s waterways, working with communities to improve rivers and canals for people and wildlife.
We mobilise thousands of volunteers every year to clean and green the capital’s 400 mile network of waterways.
Located in historic Rotherhithe the Brunel Museum is on the site of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel under a navigable river anywhere in the world, and the only project which both famous Brunels (father Marc and son Isambard) worked on together.
Cuming Museum & Art Collection
Southwark heritage service has three main collections.
The Southwark Local History Library and Archive. The other two collections are the Cuming collection and the Southwark art collection.
Islington Local History Centre
Our centre has a wide range of resources on the history of the borough, including books, maps, illustrations, newspapers, trade directories and archive material.
The Port of London Authority (PLA) Archive
The Port of London Authority Archive is a unique repository of objects, documents, plans, photographs and film charting the development of the Port of London and the River Thames from the late 18th century, to redevelopment in the 20th century.
Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Association Museum
This is a growing private collection celebrating the life and times of the British and American servicemen and women that were stationed here. Whether you had a relative that was stationed here or you have an interest in history you will find something of interest here. Set in the peaceful Essex countryside the museum has free car parking and free entrance so why not check the calendar page to see when we are open next!.
Footprints of London
It all began in 2011 when a group of friends from one of the London guiding courses had the bright idea to pool their efforts to promote their walks. Today we are nearly 50 strong, but the principle remains the same: a company co-operatively owned by our guides that exists solely to promote the best walks in London and the best standards in guiding.
Surrey Docks Farm
Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London. It occupies a beautiful 2.2 acre site on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe. The Farm is an ideal setting and environment for environmental activities throughout
the calendar year. There is always something interesting to see,
no matter what the season or weather.
Southwark Park Association 1869
Southwark Park is an English Heritage Grade Two Listed amenity, and one of London’s oldest parks. First opened to the public in 1869, the park has always been a most important place for the people of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to enjoy. Nowadays it also attracts many visitors from outside Southwark.
Mary Gibson - Author
Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, south east London. In 2009, after a thirty-year career in publishing, she took the opportunity of early retirement to write a book of her own! The result was her début novel, Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts, which was inspired by the lives and times of her grandparents in World War One Bermondsey. The novel went on to become a top ten Kindle best seller and was selected as one of twenty titles for World Book Night 2015
My London Tours - Guided Walks
Welcome to My London Tours – guided walking tours with Nika Garrett. These walks are prepared and guided with care and passion. You could join one of the scheduled walks in London tours book an exclusive tour that would be arranged at the time that is most convenient for you or a bespoke tour that would meet all your needs and interests.
SE16 On Screen
I’ve always enjoyed seeing places I know appearing in films or on TV, especially locally; it’s surprising just how often I’ve seen my local pub, the Mayflower, on screen, and I remember watching The Bill film a police car being rolled early one morning, after waking to find my house surrounded by the crew’s filming trucks and stunt cars. I also love seeing how the local area has changed over recent decades; this is not a suburb stuck in aspic but a place which has changed enormously just within my memory, and it’s lovely to see some of how it looked before preserved for ever on film.
The Lennox Project
The Lenox Project, which was founded in 2011, is a charity which intends to build and launch a full-size replica of the Lenox, a state-of-the-art naval ship that was built in 1678 in Deptford and was the first of Charles II’s thirty ships.
The Fan Museum
The Fan Museum is the first and only museum in the UK devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan.
*The Fan Museum is closed from Monday 16th March until further notice. Please visit our website for more information.
Thames Festival Trust
To increase the appreciation of rivers and their importance to us all. To create and promote river and river-related art, education and heritage events as well as sporting, cultural, community and environmental activities. Thames Festival Trust has a particular interest in the River Thames and its tributaries.
Whether you want to trace your family history, a house history, discover the origins of your neighbourhood or look at the records of Lambeth Council, staff will guide you through our collections of historical material and assist you. Lambeth Archives' holdings and collections cover all aspects of local and family history. Extensive historical information about Lambeth is available, including archaeology, architecture, black history, geology, geography, social history, biography and transport. The collections include photographs, postcards, cuttings and more.
Southwark Heritage Association
This site is maintained by Southwark Heritage Association for the benefit of its members and as an independent information resource on the London Borough of Southwark and the Pool of London.
Dockland History Group
The Docklands History Group is the leading history group for the study of the Port of London and the tidal River Thames. Among its membership are people with a long-standing interest in port and river-history who have published widely on the subject.
The Peckham Society is the amenity society for Peckham, SE15. Its purpose is to encourage interest in and to care for the environment and history of Peckham and the surrounding area. It is affiliated to The London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies. We hold frequent meetings and arrange guided tours and walks of interesting parts of the area, sometimes linked with an illustrated talk. Committee members also attend planning and conservation meetings in order that the Society can play its full part in determining local issues.
Museum of London Docklands
Little could archivists of a small piece of Roman mosaic have imagined the museum growing into the urban and social history centre visitors see today. We now receive over a million visitors to our museums each year.
We unveiled a second site in 2003, the Museum of London Docklands, housed in a Grade I listed warehouse at Canary Wharf, not far from the river Thames.
Sands Film - Rotherhithe Picture Research Library
The Rotherhithe Picture Research Library was established in 1975 as a reference collection, freely available to anyone wishing to do picture research for any reason whatsoever. Whereas most other picture libraries are of a commercial nature, this one is a non-profit-making educational trust.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives holds outstanding and unique resources on the history of London’s world famous East End.
We cover the London Borough of Tower Hamlets which was created from the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney.
Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps and Police Notebooks
Charles Booth's London enables you to search the catalogue of over 450 original notebooks from the Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903), view 41 digitised notebooks and explore the London poverty maps.
Time & Talents
Time and Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe. Set in a leafy heritage venue in an old mortuary (which is much nicer than it sounds), as well as in T&T2. our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre (opposite the entrance to Tesco), Time & Talents offers something for everyone. We have a history of over 130 years supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey.
Look Up London
Look Up London is about discovering things you’ve never noticed before, we are so lucky to live in a city with layers of incredible history. You just have to take a moment to raise your eyes above your phone and see what you can spot. Join me on a walk or private tour and I’ll show you why London is the best city in the world!
The Migration Museum is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme, and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK.
Bermondsey Street. London
BermondseyStreet.London grew out of the Bermondsey Street Area Partnership, which in turn grew out of the Bermondsey Street Association, back in the 1960s.
There is a long tradition of community activity here, which we are proud to continue as we move forward sharing information about our area and acting as the voice of local people on local issues.
Londonist is about London and everything that happens in it.
That means news, reviews and events; the history and future of London. We provide everything you need to know about the capital, as well as celebrating the quirks, eccentricities, hidden and surprising bits that make up the alternative side of the city.
Upbeat and eclectic, Londonist is created by a diverse team of contributors who share a passion for London.
London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS)
LAMAS was founded in 1855 for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex.
LAMAS does this by promoting research into London’s archaeology, local history and historic buildings, and by supporting the publication of the results that come from such research.
The Greenwich Society
The Greenwich Society works to make Greenwich a better place for all who live, work and study here. Whether it is the watchfulness that is required to protect the town's heritage or the concerns of local residents to improve its amenities, the Greenwich Society welcomes members and gives a voice to everyone who cares about the past, the present and the future.
SS Robin is internationally recognized as being the only complete Victorian steam ship in existence and the only one left fitted with original steam engine and boiler, she is also the last large coastal cargo steam ship surviving of several thousand built around the world between 1850 and 1950. A unique relic from when Britain’s Empire was at its height and London was the world centre for maritime trade and shipbuilding,
Rangers House - Blackheath
Ranger’s House is an elegant Georgian villa on the boundary of Greenwich Park and Blackheath which houses The Wernher Collection, a world-class art collection amassed by the 19th-century businessman, Sir Julius Wernher.
Friends of Island History Trust
The group formed on the 7th June 2014 following on from the original Island History Trust which ceased in 2013. Since then the Friends Of Island History is now a recognised charity in its own right and continues its extensive work in recording and sharing the History of the Isle of Dogs from the late 19th century to present day.