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Stoke Newington History Talks no. 7: Zeppelin raid, Stoke Newington Festiva...

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St Matthias Halls

Wordsworth Road

(Next to the church, opposite Belgrade Road)

London

N16 8DD

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You are invited to a free evening of three short talks about Stoke Newington's history from different perspectives. Each talk, lasting 25 minutes, will be illustrated by a mixture of archival and contemporary images, showing the area through the respective lenses of researchers, writers, photographers and others with interest in aspects of Stoke Newington's colourful past.

The event is free but registration is required

Doors open at 19:00. Talks begin at 20:00. Each 25min talk is followed by a 10min break.

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Talk no. 1 - Look up, Look down: Spotting local history everywhere by Amir Dotan

Our surrouding environment is filled with relics and remnants of time gone by that are very easy to miss as we go about our daily lives and don't often look up or look down to explore what's under our feet and above our head. From disused coal hole covers, old boundary markers, servants doorbells, boot scrapers, faded street signs and much more, Amir will share examples of such relics he encounters while exploring Stoke Newington's urban landscape.

Amir Dotan (StokeNewingtonHistory.com) has been researching and sharing the history of Stoke Newington as a hobby since 2011. He shares his findings on Twitter and Facebook regularly. He started 'Stoke Newington History Talks', a quarterly event, in late 2016.



Talk no . 2 - “The Germans are here!” - Stoke Newington and the Zeppelin by Ian Castle

When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, there were many who feared an immediate assault on London from the air by German airships — Zeppelins. But that did not happen. In fact the war would be ten months old before the first bombs hit the capital, but even then they failed to strike the seat of government, the London docks or heavy industry, instead they fell in the residential streets of Stoke Newington. Ian Castle explores the impact on the borough of these bombs - the first bombs of the Forgotten Blitz.

Ian Castle is a leading historian of Germany’s WW1 air raids on Britain. He has written books on the London raids and his latest book, ‘Zeppelin Onslaught - The Forgotten Blitz 1914-1915’, is the first in a three-volume history telling the story of the raids across the whole country. Ian has also worked on TV documentaries and runs a highly regarded website: www.IanCastleZeppelin.co.uk



Talk no. 3 - Reflections on the Stoke Newington Festival 1993 to 2001 by Kay Trainor

Over 500 different art, theatre music and opera performances took place during the decade when Stoke Newington had its own arts festival. By the end of that decade over 50000 people came to the annual Street Festival on Stoke Newington Church Street, which opened the festivities.

Kay Trainor, director of the Festival for 8 years, shares her memories (and photos) and reflects on the community of artists, volunteers, and local businesses from which the Festival sprang. Kay now works at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust as an organisational consultant. kaytrainor84@icloud.com

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St Matthias Halls

Wordsworth Road

(Next to the church, opposite Belgrade Road)

London

N16 8DD

United Kingdom

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