Stoke Newington’s Lonley Hearts Club Band poster

Final poster1

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.

You can download high quality version here. Recommended minimum print size is A3.

06.06.2018 – Stoke Newington History Talks #7

SNHT no.7

The 7th Stoke Newington History Talks event, which was held on June 6th in St Matthias Halls was one of my favourites so far. Kay Trainor, who co-founded the 3-week Stoke Newington Midsummer Festival in the 1990s talked about the festival fascinating story while Ian Castle, describe the riveting details of the German Zeppelin raid on Stoke Newington in 1915. My talk ‘Look up, look down: Spotting local history everywhere’ included examples of various relics and remnants in the built environment from coal-hole covers, boundary marker plates and bootscrapers. 

Look up, look down: Spotting local history everywhere by Amir Dotan

Reflections on the Stoke Newington Festival 1993-2001 by Kay Trainor


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

SNHT no.6


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 representative from the Clissold Park User Group, Abney Park Trust, Hackney Society and Hackney Archives selling merchandise.

My presentation slides:

Peter Daniels’ presentation slides:

Janet Foster’s presentation slides:


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

SNHT no.5

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.

A 20min video of my talk where I presented photos of Stoke Newington Church from the Hackney Archives collection.

My presentation slides:

Nick Higham presentation slides:

Monica Blake’s presentation slides:

Photos from the event: