A Day of Galleries, Museums and Libraries


Can Altay gave a talk at the William Morris Gallery about art in spaces and the public or users’  interaction with it. Or something along those lines. Fabulous talk and earnest. Can has travelled all over expressing his art and evaluating the impact of his visionary concepts and tangible visible work or constructions. About 21 of us had booked for free to enjoy the first talk in the newly refurbished William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park Walthamstow. The place was packed today with coach loads of seniors although the coaches must have been hidden. The toilets are full of Morris organic art wallpaper.The place is buzzing. Before it was brown and quiet like an old fashioned library. I loved it more then. It belongs to everyone now with its noisy café and crowded foyer festooned with bundles for sale .Not cheap souvenirs either. I’ll get over it. Waltham Forest Council tarted up so many places but I rarely see the famous ethnically diverse resident population in any Gallery, Museum or place of interest, I’ll keep looking and I’ll be disappointed again and again.

The Stratford Library staff had not heard of Stratford Museum. It’s actually the People’s Museum of Newham and just across from Gala Bingo going towards Bow. There we enjoyed a welcome orange juice , choccy biscuits and a film about changing Stratford (yawn…overdone pre Olympics, I’d say) then we looked at the permanent exhibition. Again flog the history of the indigenous population but all good.

Off then to The Nunnery in case any Madge Gill work was up still.Nothing doing and so The Carmelite Café fed and watered us with green tea and miracles of nutty and syrupy flapjacks.

Straight into a no. 25 bus with our trusty Freedom Passes then the 308 to Wanstead Station to get to the Library for a Family History Open Forum evening. Brilliant. We were rewarded with a cuppa for transcribing baptism records from 1844. Wasn’t hard and we were in jolly good company.

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Mon Aug 20th free  4pm Stratford Museum. 306 High Road E15 .Geoff Bell from Eastside family histories talks about  ‘Protest In Newham.’ The reminiscence exhibition curated by Eastside  Family History  ‘Our Heritage ‘ is on until Oct 20th.

Tues Aug 21st  free 7pm The Mill Book Club E17. £1 donation for refreshments and discussing some Plath and Hughes.

free until Sept 9th 10.30-5pm  7 days a week. The Thames Barrier Defence Summer Exhibition at 1 Unity Way Woolwich. Parking and disabled bays. Steps down to foreshore though.

Wed Aug 22nd free  7. for 7.30pm The East End of London  Family History Society, stalls and member event inviting all. Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Lane. E11

Thurs Aug 23rd free Valentines Park Walk 11 am up to maybe 1pm max. Easy flat walk with mild slopes in Park grounds mainly on hard surfaces organised by Redbridge Health Group. Meet cafe in Park at 11. No need to book. (02087080952)

                         free  6.30pm all evening. Newham’s “Under The Stars” festival in Central Park East Ham. Take a blanket to sit on!

                        free 6-9pm  The Nunnery at Bow Arts (25 bus to Bow Church), an artist Jack J. Hutchinson talk and Madge Gill preview. Book please on 0207538 1719

Sun Aug 26th free last day of “My Roots” exhibition at Stratford Museum E15

Tues Aug 28th free  10-5pm Saturdays 10-4pm until Sept 1st. Royal Souvenirs, Redbridge Museum in Central Library Ilford.

free 11-11.30am Zumba for over 50s at The Library, The Green Chingford E4


Coming soon:-

Fri Aug 31st  free “Gifted” art exhibition at The Mill E17

Sat Sept 1st   free  E17 Arts Trail begins.