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Shipbuilding to Banking: The Isle of Dogs' Story

  • Island Gardens DLR Station London E14 3FA (map)

The Isle of Dogs has seen more major industries come and go than most parts of London and has been transformed in the process. Its marshy ground provided rich pasture before becoming a home by the river for world leading iron shipbuilding operations which gave way to cargo handling docks that were the “Pride of the Port of London” until they in turn were replaced by the global banking centre which now dominates the area.  On this waterside walk, we will look at these changing industries and hear about the communities and characters – from Scottish engineers to American bankers -- behind them, finding reminders of the old industries amid today’s gleaming towers and using archive photos to illustrate this fascinating area’s capacity to reinvent itself.

Earlier Event: November 3
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Later Event: November 10
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