Several events commemorating the tragic events of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion will take place in and around London’s Royal Docks on January 19.
A private memorial event will be attended by families of the victims, local councillors, Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar & Limehouse and Sir Hugo Brunner (great-grandson of JT Brunner, chairman of Brunner Mond, the company on the premises of which the explosion took place). The event will be taking place on the Royal Wharf site, where the explosion took place at the memorial which commemorates those killed in the explosion.
The Museum of London will release a newly digitised photography album of 24 images taken by John H Avery. These images were commissioned by the Port of London Authority to document the damage done to PLA property so they could ask for compensation from the government. These images are a unique resource and have never been digitised before. They are very haunting images and are newly released material from their archive.
An exhibition of photographs and memories will also be hosted at St Luke’s Church in Canning Town on January 19, including a talk by Graham Hill. The event will include a minute’s silence, at 6.52pm, in honour of those who lost their lives at the time of the explosion.
More information can be found on the Eastside Community Heritage website.