Shad Thames Tales – Saturday 17 June 2017

June 21, 2017 4:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On a beautiful summer Saturday morning over 50 visitors joined us for Shad Thames Tales, part of London Festival of Architecture. We were treated once again to generous hospitality from Cantina del Ponte, Butlers Wharf while we had an introduction to Shad Thames. We then heard from three fascinating speakers: Dirk Bennett from Tower Bridge, who spoke about the new exhibition in the Engine Room and the Walk of Fame; Ben Nithsdale from Thames Water who spoke about the Shad Thames Pumping Station; and Chris Livett, Waterman to Queen Elizabeth and with family connections to the river stretching back for over 300 years, who spoke about the different businesses he operates on the river including filming, civil engineering and the cruise boats moored at Butlers Wharf.

We then took a short walk around the area before dropping in at Anise Gallery, who have regularly hosted STAMP events.  There we had a chance to see their current exhibition and hear from two people who had been active in the artistic community at Butlers Wharf after the Docks closed in 1972 and before the area was regenerated. Michael Davies (architect and community activist) and Annabel Stockman (filmmaker and artist) both shared amazing stories of their time in the area some 40 years ago.

Without doubt a good time was had by all!  Thanks to everyone who participated, to everyone who came along and to the weather for being so glorious.

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