Royal Docks Originals
Stop Press News
This fascinating series of four ‘walking workshops’ by artist Eloise Hawser looks at the dozens of newspapers that have served the Royal Docks over the last 150 years.
Each walk shares material from Newham’s incredible archives that’s relevant to a local Docklands neighbourhood. Through unique archival material, this is an opportunity to explore how newspapers represent the different senses of ‘place’ we find in and around the docks.
Eloise Hawser is a resident artist at London’s Somerset House with a longstanding interest in the production and circulation of news.
Royal Albert Dock – 16 Oct
Over a dozen local papers have served the Docklands since the Victorian era. This walking workshop focuses on some of the best-known titles, their relationship with local people, political groups, and businesses. The route around Albert Dock is drawn from the location of historic newspapers articles.
King George V Dock – 23 Oct
When local newspapers did not unanimously endorse the construction of London City Airport, the LDDC decided to publish two of its own ‘pro-airport’ newspapers. This walking workshop explores how local and national disputes played out in Newham’s press, with London City Airport in our sights.
King George V Dock – 30 Oct
How have newspapers represented the Royal Docks’ ever-changing railway infrastructure? On this route, visit the former North Woolwich Station and examine an eclectic mix of newspapers and journals which cover the original Docks railways, their bombing, the DLR, 2020s Crossrail and the new trackside wall.
Cyprus – 6 Nov
In this workshop, a local archivist joins with an expansive collection of company journals and newspapers, including The Tate and Lyle Times, to explore the practice of ‘live archiving’ and who an archive is really for.
For your visit
Places To Stay
Connaught House Hotel
This Grade II-listed building provides comfortable rooms and classic pub dining.
Food & Drink
It's a bus, it's an Italian restaurant; you decide whether to order pizza or pretend to drive.
Food & Drink
Just outside Thames Barrier Park, the outdoor seating makes this Starbucks a favourite spot for dog walkers.