Forgotten Stories

The colourful history of people who lived and worked around London’s Royal Docks.

Forgotten Stories – the Great Flood of ’53

Forgotten Stories – the Great Flood of ’53

The magnificent Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown protects London from flooding. But the communities around London’s Royal Docks were not always so lucky. We bring you Forgotten Stories that shaped the past and present of this iconic part of the capital city. read more…

Forgotten Stories: Whale meat again…

Forgotten Stories: Whale meat again…

Local journalist and historian Colin Grainger recalls the childhood song that dates back to the day in 1899 when a 30-ton whale met its grisly end on the banks of the River Thames in North Woolwich. read more…

Centenary of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion – how it happened

Centenary of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion – how it happened

Ammunition supplies soon began to dwindle in World War I as Britain was unprepared for a long conflict. One of the sites the Ministry of Munitions investigated to produce the various components of ammunition, such as the volatile explosive TNT, was the Brunner Mond chemical works at Crescent Wharf in Silvertown. read more…