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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.

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Events

We’re holding talks on making history programmes for TV, how Islington remembers the First World War, a coalition government 75 years ago and sporting heritage. Plus we hold regular George Orwell walks.

We host 10 lectures a year, usually at Islington Town Hall on Upper Street, N1, as well as book launches and joint events. Lectures are free to members; we ask non-members for a £1 donation.

The society runs a number of history walksclick here for information on walks.



Wednesday 15 June, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

Moves at Islington Local History Centre

Mark Aston, Local History Manager, Islington Council

Mark will be updating us on the progress of works at the Local History Centre, and will be describing the material held in its archives and the heritage services it offers.

Works to Finsbury Library include a new archive store for the Local History Centre, which means many items now in storage should be available from September.

The Local History Centre holds a wide range of resources about the history of the borough, including maps, photographs, census records, electoral rolls, newspapers and periodicals, trade directories, advertisements, workhouse records and other archive material.

It also holds special collections, including on Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Royal Agricultural Hall, Joe Orton and several local businesses.

The collections are available for research on family history, local history and many other subjects.


Wednesday 29 June, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

Brutalist Islington

James Dunnett, Islington architect and past chair of DoCoMoMo UK. This event is held jointly with the Islington Society.

A photo-tour of various buildings built between 1955 and 1975 in Islington, with a talk about them and their architects.


Events contacts

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 given on our Facebook group page at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory

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Historical and literary walks

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

 

George Orwell walks

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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Journal of the Islington
        Archaeology & History Society journal cover
Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society

The society produces a quarterly journal, which is sent to members. Back copies can be downloaded from www.clcomms.com/iahs.

We welcome articles on local history, memories and research, and information on books and events. If you would like to write for the journal or have some memories or pictures you would like to share with readers, or have questions you think readers could ask, contact the journal editor Christy Lawrance at christy [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk

Books for review should be sent to Christy Lawrance c/o 6 Northview, Tufnell Park Road, N7 0QB

 

 

Typography: an 18th century banner font

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.

 


 

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