Many people remember the old fruit and vegetable market but that's now gone. The regeneration of the past 20 years has created smart shops, classy restaurants and many flourishing fashion, design and IT companies. The Hugeonots, the Jews and the Irish brought their skills, their religions and their cultures. The Bengalis and Somalis are the latest wave of emigrants to the area. Like London itself, Spitalfields is a melting pot of people from around the world and this talk will help you to understand what that means.
Here are the established talks
being offered. They uncover
and discover the history of City,
culture and tradition but also
look at the future.
THE FLOW OF HISTORY: A look at the River Thames and its importance to the growth and development of London from Roman times to the present day.
THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON: After one of the most devastating events in London's 2000 year history, the City recovered to become the most influential commercial and trading centre in the World. This talk examines what happened before, during and after the fire in September 1666.
THE CITY LIVERY COMPANIES: There are 108 of these companies operating in the City today many as educational and charitable institutions. Their power and influence shaped the Medieval city and they continue to have an important role in the 21st century while retaining many of their old customs.
VICTORIAN LONDON: POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND POVERTY: During the whole of Queen Victoria's reign, London was a powerful world capital.. It was an age of invention; new railways, a vast Empire; dramatic architecture. It was also a time of squalor, slums, disease and crime. London had both.
THE CHANGING SKYLINE: London has 2,000 years of extraordinary history but it can also feel like a city of the future. That's because there are new buildings emerging every decade to change the skyline. This talk takes a look at the city architects of today and compares the challenges they face with those of Christopher Wren, Inigo Jones, Horace Jones and others from past centuries.
Every talk by DAVID WILLIAMS is supported by a visual Power Point presentation. I bring my computer, screen and projector, set it all up and then switch on to the magic of London….and it can be in a village hall or a fully-equipped lecture theatre.