islington history

Everyone has a story. Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association (CIGA) has been around since 1988 and has currently has close to 120 qualified members ready to dazzle you with Islington’s history. Meet the chairman of CIGA, who is also the CIGA course director at the University of Westminster, Londoner John…
By the end of 2016 there were 222 interviews on Islington Faces so it’s obvious that everyone really does have a story. I’m always asked which is my favourite interview – but that’s impossible, as whoever I’m focussing on is always my fave. All the interviews are free to read,…
Everyone has a story – but taxi drivers surely have the most. Meet Black Cab driver Ray Coggin – who can talk about traffic and the stars he’s met in the back of his cab just as lucidly as London’s history. Here he gives Islington Faces a special tour of Islington…
Everyone has a story. Not a lot of people know that during World War Two Arsenal was used as an ARP centre and underneath the West Stand local residents had a safe shelter. That’s where Gladys Muchamore (nee Newman) and her family spent most nights during the war. Gladys’ family have always…
Everyone has a story. Islington Museum has a special way of capturing the stories of people and places in our borough. Meet their new curator, Roz Currie, who’s just opened a show about fire – Islington Burning – and is now researching a new exhibition about Holloway Prison (which closed…
Everyone has a story. Gordon Warrell from Old Street talks about Islington’s council housing, Formula 1 racing and the shows Dame Vera Lynn (who will be 100 in March 2017) gave in Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.  Gordon was born in St Barts Hospital in 1934. He spent the war years…
Everyone has a story. Mavis Ring (nee Devine) who was at home having lunch before afternoon classes at Laycock Primary School when the V1 bomb fell on Highbury Corner (27 June 1944) killing 26 people and injuring 150. Here Mavis, now 80 and living in Essex, shares many other memories about growing…
Everyone has a story. For the next few years many people are uncovering stories of the people caught up in World War One (1914-18) – including the 9,400 men and three women from Finsbury & Islington who died. Meet Malcolm Marjoram who has been researching the 90+ men who worshipped at his local…
Everyone has a story. Oonagh Gay may have retired in June 2015 from running the Parliament & Constitution Centre, which she set up at the House of Commons Library 15 years ago, but she’s now able to focus on her passion for local history and run some great weekend walks –…
Everyone has a story. This GUEST POST from Dermot Kavanagh, Sports Picture Editor of the Sunday Times, is a fantastic summary of Archway-born footballer Laurie Cunningham’s life. Few people know about Laurie, but he’s probably the greatest black footballer the UK has ever produced – signed by Real Madrid for £1…
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