Category Archives: Hammersmith Library

Join in with 2018’s Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge launches in our libraries tomorrow, Saturday 14 July. The challenge is fun, free and designed for all children whatever their reading ability and it’s been designed to help children to improve their reading skills and confidence … Continue reading

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Read and Relax reading groups in LBHF

This is guest blog post from Liz Ison. She works for The Reader and looks after the Read and Relax reading groups that run in LBHF. Over to Liz to tell us more… Do you love stories, poems and great … 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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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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Robert Gillespie at Hammersmith Library

To anyone who watched TV in the 1970s Robert Gillespie would be instantly recognisable for his appearances in such shows as Porridge, Rising Damp, Secret Army, Butterflies, and The Professionals amongst many others; (and as the long suffering police sergeant … 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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Poor but loyal – the Coronation of King George VI

We are very lucky to have a dedicated team of Archives and Local Studies volunteers; this piece was written by one of them – In 1937, as the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth celebrated the Coronation of King George VI, … Continue reading

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