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…

Forgotten Stories: Christmas memories Pt.1

Christmas is a special time… even in what might now been described as poor or deprived childhoods. It made families stronger, closer and happier. The period often defined our communities and increased the importance of families and friends. 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…