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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A new exhibition from Islington Museum celebrates two centuries of the Regent’s Canal.

An Islington campaigner has called for a trailblazing Black footballer to be immortalised in statue form.

Islington veterans, councillors and police officers paid tribute to British service people during Armed Forces Week 2020.

Islington plans to celebrate Windrush Day with an online talk from the acclaimed historian and writer Paul Crooks.

A guided walking tour has been designed to let participants imagine the situations faced by refugees and economic migrants who have settled in Islington after fleeing situations like South African apartheid and the Irish potato famine.

A Holloway university has changed the name of one of its buildings, which was dedicated to a slave trader.

Monuments, names and memorials around north London have come under intense scrutiny as the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum.

Islington Council says the borough “does not have any statues or memorials celebrating the slave trade”.

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.

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