What’s on

EXHIBITION: ‘Echoes of the Past’ at the Hackney Museum

I’m extremely delighted to announce my exhibition “Echoes of the Past” at the Hackney Museum, which includes 15 images from my mash-up project. The exhibition was kindly funded by The Friends of Hackney Archives and brought to life thanks to the museum’s manager Rebecca Odell. The exhibition will run throughout the summer. 



EVENT: 28.09.2017 – Stoke Newington history event organised by the Green Lanes N16 Traders & Residents Association (GLTRA)


I’m thrilled to take part in a FREE local history event on September 28th organised by the Green Lanes N16 Association. The event will take place at the Green Lanes Methodist Church and will include a talk about the church by John Wirth, while I’ll talk about the history of other Stoke Newington churches. Hope you can make it.

Book your ticket here

PUBLICATION: London Landscapes newsletter article, Autumn 2017 issue


I’m finalising an article for London Landscapes, the tri-annual newsletter of the London Parks & Gardens Trust, about the local campaign in Stoke Newington to save Clissold from development in the 1880’s in order to turn it into a public park.

Happened recently

EVENT: 04.09.2017 – Stoke Newington History Talks #4: Abney Park, Jewish past and photos from the 1930’s

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Nearly 70 people attended the 4th Stoke Newington History Talks event. It was an absolute joy listening to John Baldock talk about Abney Park Cemetery and Rachel Kolsky providing fascinating insight into the recent history of the Jewish community in Stoke Newington.

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EVENT: 01.08.2017 – Stoke Newington History pub quiz at The Leconfield, 79 Green Lanes

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60 people turned up for the first ever Stoke Newington history pub quiz, which was organised by the Green Lanes N16 Traders & Residents Association (GLTRA) . Quiz Master Joey Bartram did a great job delivering the questions I had written. Hopefully we can do it again this time next year!

PRINT: Illustrated map of Clissold Park

I contributed the history section to a beautifully illustrated map of Clissold Park. The map was produced by the Clissold Park User Group and illustrated by Anna Hymas. You can buy the map in Clissold House cafe.


EVENT: 22.06.2017 – Saved by the People: The Creation of Clissold Park


It was truly a special experience giving a talk in Hackney’s 16th century St Augustin’e Tower. On a hot July evening, with the old tower clock chiming in the background in a small room drenched in history. Thanks a lot to Laurie Elks, the organiser of the event who gave me the oppotuniry to share in a unique location the story of how Clissold Park was saved.

EVENT: 04.06.2017 – Stoke Newington Literary Festival


Had a great time talking to Ken Worpole about my property survey of Stoke Newington Church Street 1847-2017 as part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. The event was sold out (120 tickets) and there was a terrific vibe in the jam-packed Gallery Hall in Edward’s Lane. My presentation slides are available here.

The complete property survey (291 addresses, 170 years) 

EVENT: 22.05.2017 – Stoke Newington History Talks #3: Images from the 70s-80s, Church St property survey, Garden City Movement


The 3rd Stoke Newington History Talks event at the White Hart pub was a great success, with a packed function room and brilliant talks from Ken Worpole and Alan Denney. Ken talked about the birth of the Garden City Movement, which began in Stoke Newington. Alan presented photos from the 1970’s and 1980’s, which are part of his amazing vast collection of photos of the area. I presented my property survey of Stoke Newington Church Street 1847-2017. My presentation slides are available here.

SIGNIFICANT FIND: Colour footage of Clissold Park from the 1960’s

Louise Cotton, a life-long resident of Stoke Newington very kindly shared with me home movies her father filmed in Clissold Park in the 1960’s. It’s an amazing find that shows at length the park in vivid colours from that period. Both the length of the footage and the extent to which is covers most of the park’s features make is a real gem. I edited the content into a 15 minute compilation.