Hornchurch and ANZAC Day.
Hornchurch and ANZAC Day exhibition – A display of images of the New Zealanders in Hornchurch during the First World War marking the centenary of the first ANZAC Commemoration Day can be seen in the Local Studies display case on the 1st Floor of the Central Library, Romford during normal opening hours from 21st April 2016 to 31st May 2016.
In January 1916, soldiers from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force began to arrive at the Grey Towers Camp in Hornchurch , newly established as their headquarters in England. Soon the camp became a convalescent hospital for the New Zealanders, and a relationship was established with Hornchurch residents which lasted to the end of the war and continues to this day.
On Easter Sunday, April 23rd 1916, a special church parade of New Zealand soldiers took place at St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch. One of the columns near the chancel was draped with a New Zealand flag. On the flag was placed a laurel wreath with the inscription on purple ribbon “To the immortal memory of those who died for the Empire, Anzac 1915”.
On Tuesday 25th April, ANZAC Day, which honoured the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli, was celebrated for the first time and a special ceremony at Westminster Abbey was attended by the Hornchurch depot.
The New Zealanders at Hornchurch sent a special message to “their comrades of the Imperial Forces who took part in the Anzac operations at Gallipoli, on this the Anniversary of our great adventure, may we the New Zealanders tender our tribute to the immortal and glorious valour of the Battalions of your Regiment whom we have the honour to claim as comrades in arms”.
Romford Market: Historic Heart of the Town
Havering Museum has a new exhibition about Romford Market: Historic Heart of the Town, running from 10 January to 28 March 2015.
For more details see www.haveringmuseum.org.uk.
Home Front Havering
Home Front Havering: Local Life in the First World War
A joint exhibition between Havering Museum and Havering Libraries Local Studies & Family History Centre.
9 August – 15 November 2014.
For more details see www.haveringmuseum.org.uk and www.havering.gov.uk/libraries.
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.
Mine’s A Pint: Ind Coope and Havering’s Brewing Heritage
This exhibition at Havering Museum focuses on the wider history of brewing in Havering, from medieval alehouses to modern micro-breweries. The Old Hornchurch Brewery and the short-lived but significant Ford and Firkin are also featured, along with fascinating stories about local pubs. A range of talks, beer tasting evening and fun activities for children support the exhibition.
11 January – 22 March 2014
Havering on the Move: The Story of Local Transport is a new and exciting exhibition at Havering Museum, launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
This exhibition covers the history of transport in the borough including coaches, steam trains and buses. Models of trams, engines, buses and other memorabilia will be on display.
A series of fun and fascinating events support the exhibition.
For more details, download this leaflet.