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Newham Heritage Week

Newham residents can celebrate and learn more about the borough’s rich history during a special week of events being held this month.
​Newham Heritage Week, organised by Newham Council in partnership with a range of other organisations, will run between Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 October.

A wide range of walks, films, talks, exhibitions and activities for people of all ages will be held in venues across the borough highlighting the people, places and events that have shaped Newham into the borough it is now.
Newham Heritage Week Programme 2017
Today Newham has a population of more than 330,000. However, the borough comes from humble beginnings with the Domesday Book recording the manor of (West) Ham with a population of just 130 in 1086.

Among the notable historical figures that have called Newham home include prison reformer Elizabeth Fry who moved to East Ham in 1809, James Keir Hardie who became Britain’s first Labour MP in 1892 and Jack Cornwall who is one of the youngest ever recipients of a Victoria Cross for his brave actions during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916.

Among the events being organised during Newham Heritage Week include:
  • An exhibition about Forest Gate’s historic music venue ‘The Upper Cut Club’ where everybody who was anybody came to play. Legend has it that Jimi Hendrix even created Purple Haze at the venue. See photographs, memorabilia, film footage and much more in this rare and unique exhibition which is not to be missed.
  • Pop-up Museum of Childcare. Do you have a favourite toy from your childhood, a special family photograph, the first pair of shoes you taught your child to tie themselves? Bring something that has a special story and share it with others in a pop up museum and browse what other people have brought. Get talking to people of all ages about bringing up kids in Newham past and present.
  • Step back in time in Plashet Park with activities designed to reflect the long history of the park. From remembering the zoo to celebrating the rich cultural heritage there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Heritage Routemaster Bus Tour of Newham. Join us on this historical opportunity to board an old London Routemaster double decker bus and to take a thrilling heritage tour of Newham. This amazing guided tour, on board a true London icon, will cover all the majorheritage sites of Newham and will include historical stop off points. The tour will cover Manor Park, East Ham, Forest Gate, Stratford and the Olympic Park, Royal Docks, West Ham, Plaistow and Canning Town and will involve guided commentary, music from Newham and audio sound clips to convey people’s real stories and insights in to Newham’s rich history.

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