22.09.2019 – Clissold House Open House event

I had the pleasure of presenting my talk about the dramatic campaign to save Clissold Park from development in the Drawing Room in Clissold House as part of a festive Sunday celebrating 130 years of Clissold Park, which coincided with the Open House London weekend. Giving this talk in Clissold House always feels special.

12.09.2019 – ‘Old road signs should be protected’ – Stoke Newington historian / The Hackney Gazette

Sam Gelder from the Hackney Gazette wrote an article about my recent photo-survey of the 17 surviving street signs that include 'Borough of Stoke Newington', meaning they date back from the the period of 1900-1965 when Stoke Newington was an independent metropolitan borough. I've been fascinated by these old signs for a while and finally …

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10.09.2019 – Stoke Newington History Talks #11

The 11th Stoke Newington History Talks take place on Sep 10th and was jammed packed with 120 people. The talks by guest speakers Nick Higham and Anne Wilkinson were absolutely fascinating. I'm glad I finally got a chance to share my extensive collection of material about Stoke Newington seven long-lost cinemas. I'm glad that seating capacity …

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20.05.2019 – Stoke Newington History Talks #10

The 10th Stoke Newington History Talks event was a packed event as always in St Matthias Halls. It was great seeing so many familiar faces from previous events and both Ruth and Laurie captivated the audience with their descriptions of the Willows Estate on Carysfort Road and the Hackney Brook respectively. https://www.slideshare.net/HistoryofStokeNewing/stoke-newington-history-treasure-troves-by-amir-dotan https://www.slideshare.net/HistoryofStokeNewing/the-willows-estate-rural-to-industrial-to-gated-development-in-stoke-newington-by-ruth-swirsky https://www.slideshare.net/HistoryofStokeNewing/this-plashy-stream-memories-of-the-hackney-brook-by-laurie-elks

10.11.2018 – Joseph Beck plaque unveiling ceremony

18 months ago I had an idea to install a plaque on Barton House GP, the site of the home of Clissold Park co-founder Joseph Beck, who led the campaign in the mid 1880s to save the park from development. While there’s a commemorative fountain in the park to honour Joseph Beck and his ‘partner-in-crime’ …

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