The Islington Archaeology & History Society is here to investigate, learn and celebrate the heritage that is left to us. We host lectures and other events, organise walks and produce a quarterly journal. The society, its events, shop and journal are run entirely by volunteers.
On this page: Events • Historical and literary walks • Journal • Our 18th century Islington font
On other pages: Research resources • Store: buy books, old maps and more • About us and contact• Membership
Keep up to date with what the society is doing and join the conversations at our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory, which has hundreds of members.
We host 10 lectures a year, usually at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month at Islington Town Hall on Upper Street, N1, as well as book launches and other events. Details are posted on our Facebook page. Talks are free to members; we ask non-members for a £1 donation.
The society runs history walks, including regular George Orwell walks – click here for information on walks.We also run stalls at local fairs and festivals.
If you are interested in giving a talk to the society, please contact chairman Andrew Gardner on Andy [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk
If you are running an event, such as a local history fair or community festival, and think we would be interested in running a stall, please contact Catherine Brighty on 020 7833 1541, catherine.brighteyes [at] hotmail.co.uk, 8 Wynyatt Street, EC1V 7HU
Events we are attending and organising are listed on our Facebook group page at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory
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A great way to see Islington’s history is through one of our walks. These look at places including Canonbury, Angel, Barnsbury and its squares and the Regent’s canal.
Our Islington Back and Forth stroll looks at distant and recent local history from Angel to the New River and Canonbury, noting literary figures along the way including Tom Paine, John and Charles Wesley, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Joe Orton and Douglas Adams.
Andrew Gardner, the society chairman, also leads guided tours of the grade I listed Union Chapel, which includes visiting areas rarely open to the public.
For more information, to join or organise a walk for a group of friends of family, contact walks [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk
A favourite is the George Orwell walk. Orwell was at his most prolific during his time in Islington. While he was living at 27b Canonbury Square, Animal Farm was published and he worked on drafts of Nineteen Eighty-Four, published numerous essays and articles, and broadcast extensively.
Proceeds from these walks are divided between the Islington Archaeology & History Society and the Margins Project at the Union Chapel,which works with homeless, isolated and marginalised people in Islington, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and crisis, and regain control of their lives.
For more information on walks and booking, email Andy on walks [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk.
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The society has published a quarterly journal, which is sent to members, and hopes to start producing it again soon. Back copies can be downloaded from www.clcomms.com/iahs.
Our heading in the banner image uses a Caslon font.
William Caslon ran England’s leading typefoundry in the 18th and early 19th century. He was the first major letter founder in London and remains the most notable letter founder this country has produced
His premises in Chiswell Street, in Clerkenwell in the south of Islington, were established in 1734 and continued to trade until 1936. While at Chiswell Street, Caslon staged monthly organ concerts and served beer he brewed himself.
The Caslon variant in our banner images was designed by Carol Twombly and is based on the Caslon’s specimen pages printed between 1734 and 1770.
The story of William Caslon and his typefoundry can be read on Spitalfields Life.
GDPR: How we use your data
We hold names and addresses to provide membership services and to run the society. If you would like your details removed from our records, contact Catherine Brighty (see contacts page). Names and addresses are provided to a printing company so it can produce postage labels; it deletes these after use. We do not pass details to third parties unless we have to by law or for society purposes
Keep up to date with society and Islington news and events by joining our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory
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