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12.12.2022 Stoke Newington History Talks no. 17

80 people braved the icy pavements and cold evening to gather in St Matthias Halls for the 17th Stoke Newington History Talks event on Dec 12th. It was great to be back hosting an in-person for the first time since the pandemic and seeing many familiar faces. The event sold out in less than 24 hours, which was amazing.

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30.11.2022 – Interview with Liam Davis on Shoreditch Radio

I was invited to talk to Liam Davis about Stoke Newington’s history on his online radio show on Shoreditch Radio. We touched on a variety of topics during a 30min chat such as municipal boundaries, gentrification and Abney Park. You can listen to it here from 28:34min.

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22.11.2022 Stoke Newington History Pop-up #2

The second Stoke Newington History Pop-Up event was held on November 22nd and it was a pleasure meeting people who came to see Nick Perry, Rachel Tobyn and Richard Young and myself to ask us local history questions. From a couple that moved into the area and wanted to learn about the history of their street to a woman who wanted to know the history of the nursery building where she’s working. It was great fun and hopefully we’ll do it again in a the spring.

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Local history adviser on BBC’s Antique Roadshow

I helped the director and researcher of BBC’s Antique Roadshow with their research into the history of Clissold Park as part of the filming of three episodes there, which is taking place on July 10th. The first of three episodes filmed in the park was aired on October 9th. The other two episodes will be aired in 2023.

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4.10.2022 – Private talk to CAMRA’s London Pubs Group

On October 4th 2022 I had the pleasure of giving a talk to members of CAMRA’s London Pubs Group about Stoke Newington’s lost pubs. It was an extended version of the first part of my recent talk in the Stoke Newington Literary Festival about Stoke Newington’s ‘ghost’ pubs and cinemas. By the way, have you tried my free self-guided walk ‘Stoke Newington’s Lost Pubs’ yet?

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01.08.2022 – Interview for Hackney Social Audio podcast

I was interviewed for Hackney Social Audio and talked about my Stoke Newington history hobby. It was good fun and a chance to reflect on the last 9 years since I started this account. You can listen to the interview here from 7:26min into the episode.

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05.06.2022 – Stoke Newington Literary Festival talk

On Sunday, June 5th I gave a talk as part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival about some of Stoke Newington’s lost pubs and cinemas. It was great being in front of an audience for the first time since early March 2020 in the historic Mildmay Club in Newington Green.

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24.05.2022 – Stoke Newington History Pop-Up event #1

On May 24th I ran the first (and hopefully not the last one) Stoke Newington History Pop-Up event with Nick Perry, Richard Young and Rachel Tobyn where people were invited to come and visit us at Revere the Residence shop in 150 Stoke Newington Church Street and ask us for free local history questions. We had no idea what to expect and after three and half hours I estimate about 30 people walked into the shop and presented us with fascinating questions, which we did our best to answer using old maps, old photos and census records.

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01.05.2022 – Local history adviser on ‘Jay Blades – No Place Like Home’

Way back in December 2020 I was contacted by a TV producer who was developing an idea for a history programme based around someone who grew up in Stoke Newington in the 1970s & 80s learning about the history of the area.

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16.04.2022 – Annual photo survey of Stoke Newington Church Street

It’s that time of the year and Here’s my 8th annual photo survey of Stoke Newington Church St. 41 businesses have changed since 2015 (37%). You can view the previous years in the Prints section here. The number of vacant sites hasn’t changed over the years. Full street history here: bit.ly/amirstokey

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05.08.2021 – Stoke Newington History Talks no. 16

The 16th Stoke Newington History Talks event was online with talks that about the fascinating history of the Woodberry Down Estate by John Boughton, the story behind the publication of the Stoke Newington Lifestyle Guide in 1987 by Martin Bailey and finally, my talk was about some of the architects that designed Stoke Newington’s public buildings. The event raised £500 for the Literacy Pirates; an educational charity developing literacy, confidence and perseverance in young people. All three talks are available online.

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