Category Archives: Archives & local studies

School memories from the 1950s

In the 1950s, the majority of children went to a local school within walking distance of their homes. So in 1954 I started school life at Ellerslie Road School. It was only recently that I discovered that it was in … Continue reading

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Local suffragettes

This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to women over 30 who were property owners or married to a property owner.  It took another 10 years for all … Continue reading

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London Salt-Glazed Stoneware | Spitalfields Life

The Gentle Author, who writes for Spitalfields Life, has very kindly given us permission to share his recent piece on London Salt-Glazed Stoneware as it features Fulham Pottery. If you’re interested to know more – pop into Archives and local studies.  They … Continue reading

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The Olympia Exhibition Centre

The Olympia Exhibition Halls have recently been sold and new plans drawn up for their future use. It seems a good time to look at their past. The National Agricultural Hall Company was set up in 1884. The following year … Continue reading

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Wartime memories – in the post-war years

I was a 1950s child of the ‘Baby Boomer’ era, and as I write this on my computer it’s hard to believe that I was born in a time when most households had no phone, television or fridge. We listened … Continue reading

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Fulham Floods of 1928 and the heroism of Madge Franckeiss

This beautifully decorated award was recently donated to the  Hammersmith & Fulham archives and local studies. It commemorates the heroism of Madge Franckeiss in rescuing two residents of Hurlingham Court in the disastrous floods of 7 January 1928, almost exactly … Continue reading

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Wartime memories

Armistice Day is commemorated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year. Around this time, and of course on Remembrance Sunday itself, many people remember relatives who lost their lives in the two World … Continue reading

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