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Oral History celebrations until 18th September

Oral History celebrations until 18th September

‘A Sense of Place’ invites visitors to the Oral History Café at Hermitage Moorings in Wapping, marking the end of the project.

For the past 18 months, the lottery-funded project has recorded, through audio interviews, the lives of those who worked and have lived on the Thames.

The Oral History Café joins London Open House this weekend as Hermitage Moorings opens the gates for this annual event.

Join the Hermitage History celebration

Events at the Oral History Café have been taking place all week [view details] with highlights for the weekend including:

Friday 16th September 7pm

Music evening with Nigel of Bermondsey singing new ballads about Wapping, followed by an open session and sing-around. Bring your voice, your instruments and join in! Booking recommended.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

London Open House weekend comes to Hermitage. Come and see the historic boats, explorer the ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition and watch video art created by the project. No booking needed.

See further details and booking information and add your own historic memories to ‘A Sense of Place’.

About a ‘Sense of Place’

Hermitage River Projects is an educational charity linked to Hermitage Community Moorings that aims to increase access to the Thames – via projects including archaeological digs, reminiscence sessions, work in schools, and events such as the recent trip for members of the local community on traditional Thames barge ‘Cabby’ [read more].

Trouble seeing the photos? View on Flickr

More River Thames history projects

The organisation plans to build on the success of ‘A Sense of Place’ to create many more projects exploring River Thames history.

The project has been working for the past 18 months to record, through audio interviews, the lives of people who have worked on the Thames down the years – police, fireboats, dockers, tourist boats, and the RNLI.

It also explores the less widely-known lives of those who live on the water, in the converted historic boats berthed at Hermitage.

Image Volunteers at Hermitage Moorings Wapping joining a Sense of Place

The project’s work has brought together the old and the young, new arrivals and long-term residents, local businesses and community organisations, all with a common interest in and love of the River Thames.

Discover Hermitage Moorings at 16 Wapping High Street, London E1W 1NG [view map]

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