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Event 03.06.2018 : The Guttridge Photos, Stoke Newington Literary Festival

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I very much looking forward to give a talk in this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival about Alexander Guttridge’s fascinating photos of Stoke Newington in the 1930s. The talk is on June 3rd, 11am in the Gallery Library in Edwards Lane off Church Street. I had a great time last year presenting as part of the festival my survey of Church Street businesses in the last 170 years to a sell-out audience.

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Event: 06.06.2018 – Stoke Newington History Talks #7

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I’m delighted to announce that the 7th Stoke Newington History Talks event will take place on June 6th in St Matthias Halls. The two guest speakers lined up are Kay Trainor, who co-founded the 3-week Stoke Newington Midsummer Festival in the 1990s and will talk about it’s fascinating story and Ian Castle, who will describe the dramatic details of the German Zeppelin raid on Stoke Newington in 1915. My talk’s title is ‘Look up, look down: Spotting local history everywhere’. See you there! 

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Happened recently

EXHIBITION: Echoes of the Past moved to the Stoke Newington Public Library

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My exhibition of photo mash-ups ‘Echoes of the Past’ is now on display in the Stoke Newington Public Library in Stoke Newington Church Street. The exhibition was originally displayed in the Hackney Museum in the summer of 2017 before moving to the Hackney Archives in January 2018. It will remain in the Stoke Newington Public Library for the foreseeable future.

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PUBLICATION: “Saving Clissold Park: The two-year battle to secure public use” in London Landscapes, Spring 2018 issue

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I was very happy to contribute an article about the campaign to save Clissold Park from development in the 1880s to the 2018 Spring edition of London Landscapes; the tri-annual newsletter of the London Parks & Gardens Trust.

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EVENT: 28.2.2018 – Stoke Newington History Talks #6: 1846 map, Girls’ education and Victorian photographers

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65 people braved the snow on a freezing night to attend the 6th Stoke Newington History Talks event, which was held in the beautiful former New River filtration plant, now West Reservoir Centre, on the bank of the West Reservoir in Green Lanes. The event also doubled as a mini local history market with stalls with representative from the Clissold Park User Group, Abney Park Trust, Hackney Society and Hackney Archives selling merchandise.

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EVENT: 17.01.2018 – Nerd Nite London

I had a great time presenting my research into the evolution of Stoke Newington Church Street (1847-2017) at a Nerd Nite London event in January in front of 200 people. My talk was followed by two brilliant talks about 3D printing and quantum physics! It’s a terrific event which takes place once a month. Highly recommended.

POSTER: Stoke Newington’s Lonley Hearts Club Band

Inspired by a meeting I attended at William Patten School regarding a planned local heritage project, I created Sgt. Pepper-like poster summarising 60 individuals connected with Stoke Newington from the last 6 centuries. Some were born in Stoke Newington, others lived in the area for period or helped shape its architectural landscape.

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EVENT: 30.11.2017 – Stoke Newington History Talks #5: New River, Save the Reservoirs Campaign and photos from the Hackney Archives

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The 5th Stoke Newington History Talks event was held at St Matthias Hall to accommodate the growing popularity since I organised the first event on the 28th of November 2016. The hall was packed and it was fascinating hearing about the history of the New River from Nick Higham and the story of the campaign to save the New River Reservoirs from Monica Blake.

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EVENT: 28.09.2017 – Local churches – An event organised by the Green Lanes N16 Traders & Residents Association

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It was a pleasure talking about the history of some of Stoke Newington’s churches during a local history event, which organised by the Green Lanes Traders & Residents Association. The 2nd talk was by John Wirth, who carried out an impressive research into the history of the Green Lanes Methodist Church.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.