As part of our Listening to London project, volunteer researchers share a selection of recordings from our oral history collection, shining a light on their collective memories of London’s docks, port and river.
The 802 Caribbean citizens onboard were the first of 500,000 Commonwealth citizens who settled in Britain between 1948 and 1971. They were invited to live as British citizens and help rebuild the "mother country", but many faced prejudice and unequal treatment that continues until today.
Across time, London has been portrayed across many media —paintings, music, movies — but, now, in video games players see parts of the city like never before. It’s a place where fantasy and reality cross paths, and thriving in the midst of it all is — you! But what makes London’s Docklands a favourite with game developers and players?
The Port of London Authority’s Discipline Books logged transgressions and sanctions within London’s docks — from pilfered wine to missing work to watch a football match! While these books do record some serious crimes, it seems the dominant sense is of human frailty, rather than malice.
Maps, photographs and letters in the Port of London Authority archives gives us a porthole view into the lives of the London’s Dockers community from the early 20th century. These documents give fleeting traces of African and Asian people around London’s docks, whose presence could easily have been forgotten if not for passing references. Here’s how we’re missing a crucial piece of the life in London’s docklands.
We look at behind-the-scenes elements of great Polar expeditions passing through London docks, which often reveal a lot about such journeys, with special focus on Captain Robert F. Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition in 1912.
The east London docks were built, in part, to trade in slave-harvested goods from the Caribbean. Curator Danielle Thom has mapped the traces of the Atlantic slave trade that remain in Docklands, hidden in street names, statues, and what was built with the profits of slavery.