Sounds of past London. Oct 4th 2016

An evening of London curiosities in sound and on film in the historic Limehouse Town Hall.

London’s Lost Worlds of Sound

Hear the long-lost sounds of London – from Smithfield meat auctions to buskers in Stratford East and the clatter of crockery in Soho coffee bars. Ian Rawes of The London Sound Survey presents highlights from his legendary sound archive, sonic traces of a century of London life.

Film screening: City of Ships (1940)

Transport yourself back to the 1930s when Limehouse was at the heart of the busiest port in the world. This captivating and poetic documentary shows London’s dockers and the many strange goods that came through the city port. A masterpiece by Basil Wright, who co-directed Night Mail (1936) with Harry Watt.

Plus music and readings

Hear an excerpt from Rachel Lichtenstein’s new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea, read by Buffy Davis, and a live preview of Ealing Feeder – Sarah Angliss’ forthcoming album inspired by London folklore, past and present.


Tickets £5
Doors open 7:30pm
Performance starts 8:00pm
Licensed bar at the venue

Host: Sarah Angliss

This evening is part of a series of events at Limehouse Town Hall, marking the eightieth anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, when London dockworkers and others prevented Mosley’s British Union of Fascists from marching into the East End of London. Proceeds from this not-for-profit event will help to fund future community activities in Limehouse and organisations working against hate crime in London. Other events in the series include an evening of drama (Thurs 6 Oct), and a big knees-up with Jewdas. Their anti-racist benefit plus Yom Kippur Ball is on Saturday 8 Oct:

Thanks to the Port of London Authority and the Museum of London for allowing us to screen City of Ships (1940).

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