Forgotten Stories

The colourful history of people who lived and worked around London’s Royal Docks.

Centenary of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion – how it happened

Ammunition supplies soon began to dwindle in World War I as Britain was unprepared for a long conflict. One of the sites the Ministry of Munitions investigated to produce the various components of ammunition, such as the volatile explosive TNT, was the Brunner Mond chemical works at Crescent Wharf in Silvertown. read more…

Silvertown Explosion centenary

The centenary of The Silvertown Explosion at Brunner Mond munitions plant will be commemorated in January 2017 with the latest in the series of Forgotten Stories, the Royal Docks heritage project. read more…

Forgotten Stories: WWII evacuation

The vivid recollections of evacuation and the trauma of family separation during World War II by Julia Myers, who lived most of her life in the shadow of the dock fence of the Royal Docks. read more…

Forgotten Stories: Stan Harris

The Royal Docks and London’s East End suffered mass devastation during the Second World War. From Black Saturday, on September 7 1940, the lives of locals changed forever. The latest episode from our Forgotten Stories series takes us almost four years on from the start of the bombings that killed so many and destroyed so much. read more…

Royal Docks History: June 1880

The 87-acre Royal Albert Dock was opened by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught on June 24 1880. It was the largest purpose built dock in Britain at the time. read more…