Voices of the Docks

Voices of the Docks

Eastside Community Heritage is bringing the memories and experiences of Newham’s Royal Docks to life through the voices of the people integral to its history. This series of walking tours for all ages takes visitors from the Silvertown Explosion in 1917 and aerial bombardment during World War II, to mass strike action and industrial redevelopment. This summer, you can explore the countless events and institutions that represent such an integral part of London’s heritage.

Voices of the Docks will use interview sound clips, as well as historic photographs and videos, to tell the tale of the docks in an accessible and enjoyable way for people of all ages, with special activities for children.

Running along the newly-opened North Dock Walkway and providing stunning views along the 3.8km promenade, the walk will meet at The Crystal, ending at the Sir Steven Redgrave Bridge at the eastern end of the Royal Albert Dock.

This event is fully accessible; the walkway is fully accessible along a paved and cobbled surface, with DLR stations in close proximity to both the beginning and end of the tour.

This event is free, but the organisers ask that you book your place. Free tickets are available for booking on the following dates:

Wed 24 July, 10am–12pm
Wed 31 July, 3pm–5pm
Tues 6 August, 10am–12pm
Sun 11 August, 5pm–7pm

Thurs 15 August, 12pm–2pm

Fri 23 August, 12pm–2pm

Tues 27 August, 12pm–2pm

Sat 31 August, 2pm–4pm

Time & date

Fri 23 Aug–Sat 31 Aug
times vary


The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1GB


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For your visit

Food & Drink

The Crystal Café

Overlooking the docks, this cafe serves home-made salads and bistro-style sandwiches.

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Starbucks Coffee

Just off the walkway linking Custom House DLR with the ExCeL, this branch is a favourite quiet spot for students.

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Heroica Lounge

It's a bus, it's an Italian restaurant; you decide whether to order pizza or pretend to drive.

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