Just saw the latest cruise liner turning at Enderbys - it probably isn't industrial history to have noticed a drift of smoke off her - what will the berthing arrangements be when the cruise liners come there???
So what have I got in the post??
I've been asked to give the new website of the Naval Dockyards Society http://navaldockyards.org
Dig at Woolwich - it appears that one of the old Woolwich Gas Works sites has been unearthed by archaeologists. Chris Mansfield as an assiduous Woolwich photographer went down there and took some pics - and was promptly thrown off the site by Berkeley Homes!!! Meanwhile the archaeologists had asked Malcolm Tucker (top London industrial archaeologist) down to see the site. Malcolm (bless him) told them that I (Mary Mills) had a PhD in local gas history, lived locally and would probably like to see the site. Long silence - followed by an email from the archaeolgists to say they had now left the site. Chris Mansfield meanwhile had persuaded Berkeley Homes to let him back in.
(small appendix - 20 years ago I went down to another lot of archaeologists digging up the other old Woolwich gas works site - 'can I have a look at the dig please??' I said - ' Come on in darlin' - we'll show you a thing or two, eh lads!')
Peter Kent - the current PLA online newsletter includes a UTube interview with local artist (and GIHS member Peter Kent) I got this by email but I assume it can be accessed via the PLA website www.pla.co.uk/
Warship Anne Trust - this is a meeting on 4th July 2015 in Hastings about Warship Anne whose remains apparently lie at Pett Level. The speaker list includes some of those who have been involved in research at Deptford and Woolwich Dockyard. Details www.shipwreckmuseum.co.uk
London and the Whaling Trade. This is a pre-notice of the future publication of the transactions of the Conference held on this subject a couple of years ago. It includes a number of papers of Greenwich interest including Richard Sabin on the Greenwich Whale (the 17th century skeleton found at Bay Wharf) and Charles Paton on the Enderby Family (we understand he is about to publish a book on the family). Docklands History Group are inviting advance orders www.docklandshistorygroup.org.uk
GIHS has been talking to local GLA member, Len Duvall. Len has suggested we draw up a list of all those little things around Greenwich and Woolwich, which come from the past and need looking after. Let us have your suggestions - please......................