The Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society

The aim of the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society is to encourage interest in the history of Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, the surrounding area, Docklands and River Thames.

The group meet monthly on the last Wednesday of every month, except for June and August when members go on walks and December (which is mid-month and bit different!)

You can attend the events as a member or guest. For membership information, please visit their website

  membership@rbhistory.org.uk  info@rbhistory.org.uk

  www.rbhistory.org.uk  @RBHistory  rbhistorysociety

The Gruesome History of Bodysnatching with Robert Stephenson

September 26, 2018 |7.15pm

The proliferation of anatomy schools in the late 18th century created a huge demand for dead bodies on which to practice dissection. Most corpses used were supplied by unscrupulous individuals prepared to violate fresh graves for the considerable profits involved. This illustrated talk will describe the activities of the ‘resurrection men’ and the sudden demise of this of unholy activity after the Anatomy Act was passed in 1832.

Robert Stephenson is a qualified City of London guide and has taught on London for twenty years. He is the chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends and is a tour leader at Kensal Green and Brompton cemeteries.

What About The Workers? Some Aspects of the Staff of Southwark Park 1869-2018 with Pat Kingwell

Oct 31, 2018. 7.15pm

A Talk on Albert McKenzie with Paul Keefe

November 28, 2018 | 7.15pm

Biscuits, Chocolate & Jam with Jennie Howells

December 12, 2018 | 7.15pm

Jennie Howells will be talking about the history of the food industry in the local area

Jennie has been studying and researching the history of Bermondsey ever since she moved to the area over twenty years ago. An experienced speaker, she has given many illustrated talks and also led neighbourhood walks. She has worked on local area trail guides and a short film about the Leathermarket community. She is a member of the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society.

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