In the post - the newsletter of the Naval Dockyards Society which covers dockyard history world wide - and this issue covers Naval Heritage in the United Arab Emirates and Hellevoitsluis as well as more local sites, like Plymouth.
This issue includes a page of planning issues at Deptford Dockyard and quotes submissions to Lewisham Planning Committee last November. The Naval Dockyards Society want - to ensure that existing ground structures like the Olympia warehouse and entrance gates are retained - below ground structrures are recorded and preserved- that those dockyard features that remain serve as a constant reminder of the maritime roots of the site and the locality - restoring to use the Olympia water basin with Thames access and the great Tudor double dock.
(Although we are so close to Deptford we hear very little about progress on this incredibly important site - something also complained about by Lewisham Local History Society - what is going on, London Borough of Lewisham?? Please let us know?? GIHS has a speaker on the archaeology - Duncan Hawkins on 10th May - but we need to know what is happening NOW as well)
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Among the book reviews is a note about Janet Macdonald's 'British Navy's Victualling Board' (Baydell and Brewer 2010). Members may remember Janet's wonderful - and mouth watering - account of what Nelson's sailors actually ate and the truth about the weevils. Please read her book.
The Society always comes to Greenwich for their AGM and this year it is accompanied by a conference on 'Dockyards in art, literature and film'. details of this and other events www.navaldockyards.org