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Subject tag: Local History/Local Studies

08 April 2016

The Save Trent Park campaign has this week launched a new petition asking the owners of the mansion and former university site to set up a museum in the mansion to marks its vital top secret role during World War II. The campaign fears that the new owners, the Berkeley Group, intend to divide the mansion up into private apartments, which would prevent public access. The online petition, addressed to the Berkeley Group and to Enfield Council, the planning authority, is asking for the.......

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01 April 2016

The property developer Berkeley has published an update on the progress of the public consultation about redevelopment of the former university campus in Trent Park, including the historic Trent Park Mansion.  The updates summarises comments received at the consultation event in February.  A further consultation event will be held in late April. The text below should be read in conjunction with the Consultation Boards used at the February event.  The aerial view below shows the.......

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12 February 2016

The latest video on Palmers Green Tales looks at the career of a local artist and craftswoman who draws inspiration from the stained glass she sees in the surrounding streets.  Jenny Bourke introduces the video: "Susan Mehmet and I have made a really interesting film this month about a local stained glass artist called Annahita Hessami. Anna moved to Palmers Green when she was young and attended Hazelwood and Ashmole Schools. You will see in the film how she was influenced by the wealth of.......

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09 February 2016

20th February, 11am to 4.30pm, at Bruce Castle Museum Discover more about Haringey’s history at our Fair at Bruce Castle Museum – you can visit the Search Room and talk to Archive Staff, enjoy our all-day talks programme or browse stalls from local organisations showcasing our area's heritage. The Old Kitchen will also have a café for teas, coffee and cake all day. Tel: 020 8808 8772 Email: museum Free Talks Programme 11.15am The Ivy-Mantled Tower.......

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18 December 2015

Enfield Council has announced a £250 prize for essays which bring to life some aspect of the London Borough of Enfield's past - including, of course, the time before the London Borough of Enfield was created 50 years ago from the former boroughs of Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate. The David Pam Memorial Bursary is named after a renowned local historian who died in 2014.  He worked for the Enfield Local History and Museums Service and after retirement became president of the Edmonton.......

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25 November 2015

Enfield Council has withdrawn its proposal to completely cease providing drop-in access to its Local Studies Centre at the Dugdale Centre and to drastically scale back the Enfield Museum, which is also located at the Dugdale Centre.  There will, however, still be cutbacks, though their scope is unclear. "Just Married" might have been the last special exhibition at the Enfield Museum under the original proposalsThis rethink, announced on the Council website earlier today, is a response to.......

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03 November 2015

"Enfield 229" has issued a second bulletin with information about its campaign against drastic reductions in Enfield Council's Museums and Archives Service (see this earlier article).  The campaigners are now expecting a decision by the end of November, but say that there have been contradictory indications about the proposed scale of cuts to the service. Despite reassurances that "nothing has been finalised yet", the campaigners claim to have learnt that plans are in place to delete all.......

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26 October 2015

A play to be performed this week at the Dugdale Centre traces the lives of two notable women from Edmonton - one thought to be a witch, the other a saint. Calling it a "play" doesn't really do it justice - The Determined and the Damned includes especially written lyrics, a live band, films clips and animation. Local theatre group InterACTion has assembled a cast of 25 people to present the two lives.  Three different actors play the "witch", three more the "saint".  Reflecting.......

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04 October 2015

If you're not a regular visitor to Palmers Green Jewel in the North (and if not, why not?) you may have missed Sue Beard's series of reports on work done by her and others to identify "built heritage" that merits Local Listing (see this earlier report). Part of The Market shopping parade in Green Lanes, built by Arthur SykesAs part of this grand effort to document interesting buildings, Sue has been allocated a pretty large area to survey - east of the railway line, including central Palmers.......

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01 October 2015

The first of a new series of lectures organized by the Friends of Christ Church, Southgate, takes place next Wednesday, 7 October, at the church on The Green, N14 7EG. These talks are intended to mark the 400th anniversary of Christian worship on the site by featuring people associated with Southgate in general and the church in particular. A page from an 1815 Figgins specimen bookOn Wednesday the church is extremely privileged to have secured the services of Professor James Mosley, one of the.......

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29 September 2015

A campaign has been launched in opposition to Enfield Council's plan to make money-saving changes to the operation of the Museum and Archive Services (see this earlier article).  'Enfield 229' or the "Unofficial Friends of Museum and Archive Services" have issued a four-page bulletin outlining their fears about the impact of the proposed changes.  They accuse the Council of a lack of frankness about the proposals, in particular the failure to mention that four and a half experienced.......

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11 September 2015

Enfield residents are being invited to comment on proposed changes to the Council's "heritage resources" which are intended primarily as a cost-cutting measure, but at the same time would provide increased online access to these resources. The Council is proposing to digitise the materials stored at the Local Studies Centre in Thomas Hardy House and make them available online.  The current Monday to Friday drop-in access to the Local Studies Centre would cease and visitors wishing to see.......

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05 September 2015

As autumn approaches there is always a new term "back to school" feeling in the air so its a perfect time to sign up for a course of evening meetings and discussions on the history of Enfield Led by Joe Studman, a professional local history guide and speaker, the twelve week introductory course will chart the history of Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate. The course will be held at Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield, EN2 0AJ from Tuesday September 29th 7:15 - 8:45pm. Each week will consist.......

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12 August 2015

An 18th century stone boundary marker destroyed by council workmen years ago and left in ruins has been rebuilt by local conservation group Southgate Green Association. Local stonemasons Abacus Stone were awarded the task of piecing together the obelisk using methods adopted to restore the temple ruins at Karnak, Egypt. The obelisk is one of two remaining in Enfield. The obelisk is located on Waterfall Road down the road from The Green, set back from the kerb on the bend and hidden from view.......

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06 August 2015

BFI Player, the online video streaming service run by the British Film Institute, recently launched a channel called Britain on Film, featuring footage from across the years and across the country. Among the local films that can be viewed for free are two featuring Palmers Green in the 1950s: Southgate Celebrates the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Southgate's New Running Track, Broomfield Park The Coronation film is fascinating for many reasons, not least for the sheer number of people.......

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13 July 2015

The video below, released in connection with an exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, is a beautifully filmed and soberly narrated tour of the architectural and artistic delights to be found within churches in Tottenham, Hornsey, Stamford Hill, Noel Park and Harringay.  The buildings date from the middle ages right through to the 1990s - but the modern buildings contain some astounding items salvaged from demolished buildings. Well worth spending half an hour watching (I could have done.......

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05 June 2015

Among the events being organised by Enfield Council to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the present-day London boroughs is a series of free local history walks led by Joe Studman.  They start on 16th June and run through to March 2016, criss-crossing the borough and taking in every part of Enfield, examining its rich, varied and fascinating history and characters.. For more information about the walks email . Joe Studman is a born and bred Londoner. Born.......

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10 April 2015

We have obtained photographic evidence that the "old document" discovered by workmen in the former Southgate Town Hall does exist and its content is, to say the least, extraordinary. The photographs, supplied by an anonymous source, show an old scroll that appears to have been found in a small wooden case.  There are also photographs of the writing on the scroll.   The text of the scroll is difficult to read from the photographs. The first photograph refers to witches from.......

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25 February 2015

On Thursday 12th March, from 1pm to 4pm, Enfield Town Market will play host to an unusual visitor - a KinoVan (or should that be "the KinoVan"?) The KinoVan - a "cinema on wheels" - will be showing cine clips illustrating how the borough has changed over the past hundred years.  And various experts, such as film archivist Louise Pankhurst, will be there to tell people about the borough's film history. The KinoVan belongs to Film London - London's Film Archives and its visit is part of a.......

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25 February 2015

The Enfield Society has just published the fourth volume in its series A History of Enfield.  "A Time of Change", covers the period 1939 -1969. It includes chapters on life in Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate during the war, the austerity of the late Forties, the difficult Fifties and the swinging Sixties. Written by Monica Smith, this hardback book with over 200 illustrations costs £18.50. It is available from Waterstones in Enfield town, online at www.enfieldsociety.org.uk and at.......

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