missionaries and music hall stars
|In this edition we provide an update on Abney Park Trust’s monument restoration programme and announce two exciting live streamed events to round off the month.NewsAbney Park Trust restores the War Memorial ahead of the WW2 bombing’s 80th anniversary Abney Park Trust has cleaned the Grade II listed memorial and had it restored to its former glory thanks to a four-ﬁgure donation from TimeLine, a learning project charity.|
The memorial, which is located just ﬁfty metres or so from the Church Street entrance of the historic cemetery, pays tribute to local victims of the Blitz during the Second World War. This includes victims of the Coronation Avenue bombing in October 1940 – one of the biggest civilian tragedies of the Second World War – as well as victims of bombings on Green Lanes, Lidﬁeld Road and others.
The Trust will lead an online community memorial event on Tuesday 13 October to remember those killed in the Coronation Avenue bombing.Find out moreLive streamed eventColin Sell Presents ‘Your Own, Your Very Own’ – Abney Park’s Music Hall Stars7:00 – 9:30pm Wednesday 30 SeptemberJoin us for a night of music hall wonder! We are excited to announce that Colin Sell, of Radio 4’s Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, will present ‘Your Own, Your Very Own’, a documentary, also featuring Barry Cryer, detailing the life and times of the music hall stars buried in Abney Park.
The documentary will be introduced with a short talk from Colin Sell, in which he will discuss the links between Abney Park and music hall of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and will be followed by a live Q&A session. Book tickets
|Live streamed eventMissionary Work: John Williams and the Great GodA’a|
7pm Tuesday 22 SeptemberLocal historian, Alan Gartrell, gives a fascinating talk on the life of Rev John Williams and the London Missionary Society.
Gartrell will be telling the story of Williams and his family (his wife and son are buried at Abney Park) as well as discussing the history and meaning of the Statue of A’a, which John Williams collected at Rurutu and had sent back to England to become the crown of the British Museum’s Polynesia collection.Register to attend
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