Docklands Docklands History Group

Usually we meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month, excluding January, but please check the programme given here.

New members and visitors are very welcome. Our talks and walks are free to members whilst a £2 donation is suggested from visitors.

Our talks are held at the Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL, starting at 5.30pm for 6pm and ending at 8pm. The Museum is in a converted West India Docks warehouse, just north of Canary Wharf.

The nearest station is West India Quay (DLR) (but note that trains from the London direction do not stop at West India Quay). Westferry (DLR) and Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line and DLR) can also be used.

Should you arrive late and the Museum main door is closed, there is an entrance called the ‘schools entrance’ manned by a security guard at the back of the Museum on Hertsmere Road, down a few steps. You will need to knock.

If you are a Blue Badge holder requiring free disabled parking, please contact the Museum of London Docklands security on 020 7001 9808, a day or more in advance if possible, to make out-of-hours arrangements. There is also a parking garage in Hertsmere Road.


Wednesday 1st April

Pageant and Theatre, Thomas Doggett and the Watermen

by Chris Dodd. Chris will shortly be publishing a book on the Watermen’s Co and Doggett’s, the women’s boat race moves to Putney etc.

Wednesday 6th May

Fighting Fascism in the 1930s

led by David Rosenberg. During the walk David will tell the story of Mosley's attempted incursions into the East End in 1936 and Bermondsey in 1937, and the way he and his forces were met with successful grassroots resistance on both occasions. (Dockers were crucial to this resistance.)
David has written a book - Battle for the East End: Jewish responses to fascism in the 1930s, Five Leaves Publications, £9.99. Details of the walk to be advised nearer the date.

Wednesday 3rd June

A glimpse at wooden boatbuilding on the Thames

by Mark Edwards. Mark is an especially interesting speaker because of his work on replication of historic Thames craft culminating with the Gloriana. He also built a replica - as close as could be determined - of a seventeenth century submarine which was reputed to have travelled a significant distance underwater along the Thames. The replica was tried out in a BBC documentary.

Wednesday 1st July
followed by TALK

WW1 – Bombing the Docks

by Chris Everett. Chris is a member of the DHG and was one of the speakers at the DHG’s recent World War 1 Conference.

Wednesday 5th August

Enderby’s Wharf

by Mary Mills.

Wednesday 2nd September

Sail loft

of Mike Putt, sailmaker at Becontree

Wednesday 7th October

Roman Walbrook and its Legacy

by Tony Taylor.

Wednesday 4th November

Trinity Buoy Wharf, Still Afloat

by Eric Reynolds.

Wednesday 2nd December

The Right Stuff - A Maritime London Almanack

by Chris Ellmers. Our President is going to focus, in a lighthearted way, on a writer who he knows will be very little known to most members.