Since 2012, Professor Ged Martin has contributed a regular local history column to the Romford Recorder.
He has collected together around 130 of these columns into a book-length file, Havering History Cameos, which is available (for free) here.
Subsequently, Professor Martin has published a further 25 columns (which first appeared in the Romford Recorder between November 2015 and June 2016) as More Havering History Cameos, available here.
Alternatively, got to www.gedmartin.net, click on Martinalia and scroll down to find the links to the collections.
Each column was written to around 540 words, and designed to stand alone, so the collection can be dipped into.
Both collections can also be searched by key words to locate stories about districts within the Borough.
At our next meeting, on 23 May, Stephan Raindle will be telling us about Havering’s Amazing Eccentrics – Past and Near Present.
Please do join us for what promises to be an intriguing and entertaining evening. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about meeting times and how to find us, click here.
Havering Reminiscence Day
From Havering Libraries:
Do you have memories of the local area to share or knowledge that could help us identify photographs in our Local Studies Collection? Join us for our open day, and explore our collection online. Ask a staff member for details.
Help build Havering’s history – do you have any photos or interesting ephemera you wish to donate to the Local Studies Collection? Please feel free to bring any material along.
Wednesday July 23 2014
Drop in from 10am – 3pm
Romford Library 01708 422389
For more information about the Local Studies Centre and to search the collection online, see here.
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.