Archive for May, 2012

The project outcomes are now starting to come together.

The Broadway Bexleyheath Heritage Trail is now available. You can pick it up in libraries or download it from the project website. This self-guided walk leaflet gives twelve points of historical interest along the Broadway. The points include landmarks and sites which have played their part in the Broadway’s history.

The stand for the interpretation panel has now been installed at the Clock Tower. The panel itself will be added later and unveiled by the Mayor of Bexley on 4 June as part of Bexleyheath’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

I am very busy getting things ready for Christ Church 1-4 June, BBC The Great British Story at Hall Place 23 June, and end-of-project event at United Reformed Church 21-22 July.

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The Bexley Historical Society project called ‘Changing Times: 100 Years of the Broadway, Bexleyheath, 1912-2012’ started last September with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The project has focused on oral histories, photographs and historical research. As the project draws towards a conclusion, there are several forthcoming events.

On 4 June at midday, as part of Bexley’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a commemorative plaque and interpretation panel will be unveiled by the Mayor at the Clock Tower, Bexleyheath. These will be permanent reminders of the Bexley Historical Society’s involvement in the ‘Changing Times’ project. There will be a small ‘Changing Times’ exhibition at Christ Church, Bexleyheath during 1-4 June, along with displays of flags and flowers of the Commonwealth.

On 23 June, 10am-4pm, the Bexley Historical Society will have a stall at The Great British Story, a BBC history event at Hall Place. It is linked to a new TV series presented by Michael Wood and is an opportunity to get involved in Bexley’s history, delving into family history, archaeology, oral history, artefacts and local heritage. This is a ticketed event. Apply for your FREE tickets by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/events, or by calling 03709 011227.

The ‘Changing Times’ project reaches its conclusion with an exhibition at the United Reformed Church, Geddes Place on 21 and 22 July at 2-6pm each day. Refreshments will be provided. There will be guided walks of the Broadway on each of these days starting at around midday. Please contact Penny Duggan if you would like to join one of these.

On 22 July at 6pm the Olympic Torch will pass through the Broadway on its way to Danson Park.

Other venues for the ‘Changing Times’ exhibition will be announced later on. For those not able to attend, the exhibition will also be available to view on the project website in due course and hopefully in pamphlet form too.

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The Great British Story: Bexley

A free BBC local history event

Saturday 23 June 2012, 10am – 4pm

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, DA5 1PQ

This is a ticketed event. Apply for your FREE tickets by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/events or by calling 03709 011227

In a new TV series presented by Michael Wood, The Great British Story looks at history through the eyes of ordinary people, uncovering what life was like for everyday Britons over the last 1600 years.

Now it’s your chance to get involved! Come along to a BBC local history event, discover Bexley’s fascinating history and learn how to delve into your own past. Find out more about family history, archaeology, oral history, artefacts and local heritage.

Find YOUR place in history:

  • Listen to historian, broadcaster and writer Michael Wood discussing The Great British Story
  • Track down your ancestors with help and advice from family history experts
  • Learn how experts conserve and protect treasures from the Museum of London
  • Find out how to date your old photos, if you’ve inherited an family photo bring it along to find out more
  • Learn how to discover the history of your home using local archive sources
  • Discover Bexley’s archaeological treasures and show your own mystery finds to our experts
  • Explore the history of Bexley through local heroes, landmarks, working lives and industrial heritage
  • Take part in a reminiscence session and share your memories of working in and around the Thames Gateway
  • Plus a full programme of talks will run throughout the day

and much more…

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