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New buildings considered for Listed Status

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Our Annual General Meeting & Social

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Remembrance Sunday Event- Saturday Afternoon

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Wall to Wall Television is the television production company behind  Who Do You Think You Are? and The Voice. They are currently searching for a London-based family to take part in another Back In Time social history experiment for BBC Two this summer. Back In Time For Dinner was a recently BBC Two series in which a family ate their way through typical meals of the 1950s through to the 1990s. …

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London is the ‘CityRead’ Book for April. Across the capital folks are being encouraged to read, share and discuss the book. Ben will be coming to Manor House Library to talk about his novel. Date: Monday 27 April Time: 7pm to 9pm Location: Manor House Library, Old Road SE12 Cost: FREE   Also: Manor House Library – Saturday Reading Group– “Rivers of London” by Ben Aaronovitch Free Date: 11 April Time: 11am to 12 …

As you may be aware by now, the Prefab Museum will not reopen on the Excalibur Estate in Catford. We made this decision for the safety and security of ourselves, volunteers and visitors, which we are unable to guarantee. When we began the Kickstarter campaign we were given assurances that the museum could stay open …

Words by Mr Ralph White of the Lee Manor Society You may know that there are a series of boundary stones marking the border between the parishes of St Margaret, Lee Terrace, and Christ Church, Lee Park (the latter was destroyed during the last war). One of the stones in Handen Road, was lost some time ago.  We …

Lewisham Local History and Archives Can you identify anyone in this photograph possibly taken circa 1945? The gentleman seated at the front is A Russell Cook, H District Warden of Lewisham Civil Defence but we know very little about the other figures. If you have any information on this photograph we would love to hear …

Celebrate the impact and inspiration of Jamaican proverbs on 28 October at Torridon Road Library Children can make an African mask as part of Black History Month at Manor House Library in Lee on 30 October October is Black History Month. Check our schedule for talks, entertainment, storytelling and craft

All photos-  copyright of Elisabeth Blanchet. Last Thursday there was a serious fire in the front bedroom of the brilliant Prefab Museum on the Excalibur estate, off Hazelbank Road.   The fire destroyed some equipment and art work, the wall and ceiling were damaged, but it appears to have been confined to that room. Smoke …

Commemorate WWI in your community Community groups all over the country are finding ways to commemorate the Centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The Heritage Lottery Fund is offering grants to community projects in their Understanding the First World War project from 2014 – 2018. The funding aims to help groups, communities …

This month French Photographer Elizabeth Blanchet has published about the Excalibur Prefab Estate  in Catford. Pre-order your copy of  Prefab Homes Over the past few years Ms Blanchet has documented a unique community and way of life, and one which is rapidly becoming obsolete. With the help of residents and volunteers, a Museum has been established …