TurnerThe group's interest is in discovering and researching local history — Islington and adjoining boroughs. It is a discussion group where individual interests can be shared and joint projects taken forward.

 Group Coordinator: Sarina Turner (click to contact)

Bi-monthly on the third Wednesday in the month from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

At a pub in Canonbury which is easily reached by bus.

In 2017 — its fourth year — the group concentrated on research and presentations since local walks and visits are now well catered for by other iU3a groups. Our meetings covered Memories of an Islington Childhood in the 40s/50s, Spa Green Estate, a visit to Canonbury Tower, An Activist in Islington, Continuity and Change along the River Lea, Upper Street research and participation in London and national research projects. All topics were enthralling in different ways and we are extremely grateful to the researchers, speakers and to co-ordinators Anne Wilkinson and Liz Simpson.

In 2018 the group focused on friendly shared discussion with a theme set for each month and each member making a brief (five minutes or so) contribution. The theme of the first meeting was “Where I Live” (house, building or street) and members brought a relevant document, photo or artefact to show. Themes suggested for meetings included lost shops, important Islingtonians, special trades in Islington such as silversmiths in Finsbury, blue plaque people.

For 2019 we plan to continue much as in 2018. More ideas — and members — always welcome!

Our Next Meetings
The dates for the meetings are no longer published here. Members can find scheduled meeting dates and other group information in the 'Beacon' membership systems. To fin Beacon, click on the 'Groups' tab atthe top of this page, then when you are on that page click on the 'Members' tab. That will take you to the Beacon page where there is instruction on how to log in to Beacon. 

Local History Group Reports
During the past couple of years group members have made oral presentations to their fellow-historians and we can share some of them on this web-page. Just click on the relevant link below:
  • The Angel Inn — report by Catherine Mason, here
  • Highbury Heritage — report by Evelyn Thomas, here
  • Oliver Goldsmith — report by Roberta Levenson, here
  • Edward Lear — report by Catherine Mason, here
  • Marie Stopes — report by Jill Mckeown, here
  • Matilda Sharpe — report by Evelyn Thomas, here
  • Joe Orton — report by Diane Thackray, here
  • Elizabeth Wilkinson — report by Catherine Diggle, here
  • Spa Green Estate — report by Catherine Diggle, here
  • St Mary’s Islington — report by Catherine Mason, here
  • Walking round Newington Green — report by Liz Simpson, here


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