Friday, May 8, 2020

A veteran from Barnsbury was in Germany when the Nazi troops surrendered on VE Day 75 years ago.

Islington Veterans’ Association (IVA) has urged people to still observe the two minute silence to commemorate those who died during the Second World War on Friday, May 8.

The nation has been invited to toast the heroes of the Second World War as the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

I’ll be publishing daily updates from my north London flat, as the country adapts to a health crisis and a culture of “social distancing”.

Islington Local History Centre and museum is hosting an online photography exhibition until July 11 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

An east London hospital faced with closure will help care for homeless people recovering from coronavirus – as well as those with acute HIV-related conditions

A three-year-old boy died in a blaze which gutted his home in Highbury 60 years ago, despite rescue attempts by neighbours who were beaten back by the searing heat.

Islington politicians blasted John Lewis over its planned closure of a store in the Nag’s Head 30 years ago,

Highbury Roundhouse was severely damaged by high winds in the last week of February, 1990.

The Museum of Homelessness (MOH) has won funding for an 18-month creative residency and heritage project in Islington to “offer communities inspiration at a time of sharp crisis and oppression”.

A month after a big storm 200 Islington youngsters were still waiting to go back to school.

Author Carolyn Clark tells Emma Bartholomew how The East End Canal Tales draws on 50 people’s memories to tell of intriguing, moving and often surprising stories of life and work on the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals over 200 years.

Former Lib Dem town hall leader Terry Stacy has called for the plaque to be installed at the former Wessex Sound Studios building in Highbury New Park, where the Clash recorded London Calling.

A Highgate heritage group wants the long-awaited anti-suicide fencing removed from the Archway Bridge and replaced with a more attractive design.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

The New River is neither new, nor a river. Built when Shakespeare was alive, the aqueduct is Thames Water’s oldest man-made asset, pre-dating some of London’s more famous historic sites like Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral by decades.

A historian with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Islington died last month, leaving behind a “phenomenal legacy”.

Descendents of one of Islington’s most infamous killers are calling for his body to be exhumed from Pentonville Prison and reburied in USA.

Writer Caitlin Davies had forgotten about the baths where she swam as a young girl. That is until she went past it on the 91 bus and saw its iconic neon sign. Here, she recounts the history of the famous venue where some of the Victorian era’s most famous swimmers performed

The first trial for LSD manufacture was held 50 years ago, after a small pharmacy in New North Road was raided by the police. Christy Lawrance, the former editor of the Journal of the Islington Archaeology and History Society, follows the case

You wouldn’t know it walking past today, but in the early 1980s 225 Seven Sisters Road was the centre of the UK’s emerging Black-Art scene.

Police raided a flat in Upper Holloway and arrested a man who had 800 postage stamps stuffed into the pocket of his jeans, this week 60 years ago.

A timely collection of family photos showing Anne Frank’s life before the Nazi’s took it is being exhibited at Central Library.

A disabled pensioner had his beloved dog “stolen” while visiting his father at the Whittington Hospital on Friday.

Do we have a homeless problem or a problem with homeless people? An event at Union Chapel will ask just that, as well as screening a documentary about the making of a shelter and putting on performances from the Museum of Homelessness.

M. Manze’s traditional pie and mash treats are returning to Islington – six-months after the historic Chapel Market store closed.

An independent walking club marked its centenary this week by unveiling a waymark in Caledonian Park in a nod to the area’s cattle market heritage.

Plans are in place to finish building a Holloway church 150 years after a lack of cash halted its construction – but not everyone is happy with the idea.

The opening of a forgotten 400-seat underground theatre beneath Islington Green has been thrown into doubt once again.

It’s 50 years since the Peter Bedford Housing Association was founded off the back of a project set up by a Pentonville Prison officer to boost ex-offenders’ self-worth. Emma Bartholomew speaks to an original tenant who remembers the pioneering, supportive communities established as a result

The Canal & River Trust is calling on the community to head down to City Road Basin for an “amazing” festival on September 1.

Plans to convert a historical workhouse and hospital into homes will be “one of the most important decisions the planning committee ever makes,” a councillor has claimed.

To mark the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act, which paved the way for the widespread roll-out of social homes, Islington’s housing chief took us on a tour of flats being built on the Redbrick Estate, outlining what he says is the council’s vision for the future of the sector. Lucas Cumiskey wore a hard hat (on the hottest day of the year)

The man behind – or rather inside – Zippy from Rainbow launched his autobiography last night at the Islington theatre that gave him his big break.

People in Islington are invited to a free exhibition celebrating the heritage of Regent’s Canal on September 1.

The campaigner who wrote a book detailing the history of Finsbury Park is to update it to mark its 150th birthday.

When a tonne of “buzz bomb” TNT exploded on Highbury Corner it fatally injured a young mum – but she managed to push her baby daughter to safety.

Islington’s soldiers, veterans and cadets were honoured through a range of events last week.

Current and former students of an Archway secondary school chatted about their shared experiences at a party to celebrate its 140th birthday last week.

A star performer from Southgate Road will finally spring forward from her better known rival’s shadow in a feminist revision of history next month – more than a century after she died.

Alumni of Tufnell Park Primary School have a chance to relive their memories of discos in the hall and reunite with old classmates before the 1955 building is bulldozed to make way for new facilities.

Staff at Union Chapel have begun trawling through an array of archive material dating back to the building’s 19th century origins, also featuring plenty of signed posters, scribbled notes and ticket stubs from concerts which took place in the years since 1992.

Some 600 people celebrated the “fascinating heritage” of their Caledonian Park Clock Tower when the restored asset was officially opened on Saturday.

Suffragettes learning jiu-jitsu to fight cops, an MP going behind fascist lines to deliver vital medical aid and Britain’s first black community centre where Bob Marley filmed Is This Love – are all part of Islington’s rich history.

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