Walks in July

This July is Walking Month for the Hackney Society. Good weather is guaranteed (!) so it’s the ideal time to explore the streets of Hackney and hear some good stories about them.

Mare Street walk – Morning of Saturday 1st July
This is a date for your diary, more details and a booking page coming soon.

A Victorian Walk Through Dalston – Thursday 13th July
Sarah Freeman and Laurie Elks reprise a walk, originally led for the Victorian Society, looking at Victorian buildings in Dalston.

The walk will end at St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney, which will then be open for cool summer drinks.

Start: Dalston Kingsland Station 6:15 for 6:30 pm
Finish: St Augustine’s Tower 8:30pm
Free to members, £5 for anyone else.

Book here

Already underway

The Antiuniversity Now Festival

10th – 16th June 2017, various locations across Hackney, London and wider UK

During 1968 the Hackney-based Antiuniversity of East London offered experimental workshops, lectures and seminars from a prospectus that included Black Power, feminism, dragons and anti-psychiatry. Inspired by the spirit, people and activities of ’68, Antiuniversity Now is an annual festival that provides an alternative to the traditional university by welcoming everyone and inviting anyone to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere. There is a full range of free talks, walks, courses, workshops and happenings taking place across Hackney and beyond – see their Programme.

Coming up soon

Talks at the Tower

Monday 19 June – Friday 23 June 2017.

This is the annual programme of talks at St Augustine’s Tower (St John’s Churchyard, Behind 354 Mare Street, London E8 1HR).

Tower opens at 7.00pm; talks commence at 7.30pm. All talks are free but must be booked by calling Hackney Historic Buildings Trust on 020 8986 0029 or by e-mail at kamil@roundchapel.org.
The talks:

Monday 19th June at 7PM: Anna BirchMary Wollstonecraft, Radical Feminist of Newington Green. Mary Wollstonecraft is the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. Local artist Anna Birch will introduce Wollstonecraft’s life and work and her own project to create a ‘living monument’ to Wollstonecraft and a Wollstonecraft memorial on Newington Green.

Tuesday 20th June at 7PM: Mark Gorman – Popular protest and the saving of east London’s green spaces. The growth of nineteenth-century London was unprecedented, and evoked ever-growing protest as commons and green spaces were built over. The story usually told of the preservation of London’s commons is that of middle-class activists, while the vital role that ordinary Londoners also played has been largely forgotten. This is their story.

Wednesday 21st June at 7PM: Ken Worpole – Life during wartime: an appreciation of the novelist Alexander Baron. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of Alexander Baron, described as ‘the greatest British novelist of the last war’. Baron was born and lived in Stoke Newington, and wrote more than 20 novels, some set in the local Jewish community. Writer Ken Worpole knew, and corresponded with Baron and reflects on the achievements of this humane novelist, who had seen the worst but hoped for the best.

Thursday 22nd June at 7PM: Amir Dotan – Saved by the People: The Creation of Clissold Park. Clissold Park, the jewel of Stoke Newington, only exists because of a passionate campaign in the 1880s to save to the estate from development. As the last remaining open space in the area, the prospect of losing it to the “jerry builder” prompted concerned local residents to mobilise. The dramatic story can now be told for the first time through the recent discovery of the private papers of the chief campaigner, Joseph Beck.

Friday 23rd June at 7PM: Sean Gubbins – ‘Simpson’s – A cut above the rest’. Sean’s talk is about the Simpson’s factory in Stoke Newington Road and the family firm behind it. Started in 1894 by a 16-year old tailor in the East End’s Petticoat Lane, Simpson’s revolutionised men’s clothing with its DAKS trousers and grew into a world-renowned manufacturer of menswear. Simpson’s built its state-of-the-art factory in 1929 and was at one point the largest employer in Hackney.

Book places by calling Hackney Historic Buildings Trust on 020 8986 0029 or by e-mail at kamil@roundchapel.org.


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