Havering Heritage Exhibition of 1988

Spitfire outside The Dolphin, 1988.

At our next meeting, on 28 April, George Saddington, former Chief Librarian of Havering and one of our Vice-Presidents, recalls the Havering Heritage Exhibition of 1988 – described at the time by the Romford Recorder as “the most successful event ever held in Havering”.

For a fortnight in July 1988 over 20,000 people visited the Dolphin Centre to view some 50 displays constructed by local history societies & historians and other organisations re-telling the story of Havering from pre-historic times to the present day.

The exhibition jointly received (with Edinburgh’s Age of the Pharaohs opened by the Queen Mother) a national award for the outstanding museum exhibition of 1988.

The Spitfire? Yes, this was the Mark II Spitfire loaned from RAF Abingdon for the duration of the Exhibition, and it stood proudly on the forecourt of the Dolphin Leisure Centre.

Can any of you remember this Exhibition and were you one of the many people enthralled by the sight of this magnificent aircraft?

Whether you remember it on not, please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in Trinity Methodist church hall — for information about how to find us, click here.

Photograph kindly supplied by George Saddington.