A History of Greenwich in 50 Objects

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Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
Tuesdays | 7pm - 8pm
Pay what you can
Online, National Maritime Museum
Talks & courses

Inspired by objects in the Royal Museums Greenwich’s sites and collections, you will investigate the history of Greenwich. 

Explore the history of Greenwich with curators, conservators, storytellers, storekeepers and mudlarks. Each week will focus on different objects, both from the Museum’s Collection and art, statues and memorials in public spaces, along with extraordinary finds from the Thames mud.

Visit the History of Greenwich website to view a selection or suggest an “object” that says Greenwich.

Curated by local historian and storyteller Rich Sylvester.

Course outline

Home of Time and Space: Anthony Cross 

3 November

Warwick Leadlay Gallery and Greenwich Historical Society presents a personal selection of Greenwich past and present. Using visual imagery: paintings, prints and photographs, as well as objects and architecture, he will reflect upon the several aspects which taken together make up the distinctive character of Royal Maritime Greenwich.

Memory, Forgetting and Statues  Whose Greenwich, Whose History?

10 November

With Rich Sylvester, local storyteller and "Guide to Green Spaces and Old Places". 

Behind the Scenes at the Museum – a visit to the museum stores and studios at Kidbrooke 

17 November

Explore the history of the site and some key Greenwich objects with Matt Cahill Collections Learning and Engagement Manager

History from the River Finds from Greenwich foreshore

24 November

“Show and Tell” with Marie-Louise Plum aka Old Father Thames: History hunter and Mudlark on London’s tidal Thames. 

Who are the History Keepers?

1 December

Panel of local history enthusiasts debate current challenges and issues for Greenwich history.

All sessions will include some time for Q&A.

Important information 

About the workshops

  • This workshop is offered on a pay what you can basis.
  • If you book and are unable to take part, please let us know so we can offer your place to someone else. 
  • If children are participating, we advise that adults offer support during the session.
  • We have staff monitoring every session and will eject participants presenting any inappropriate behaviours.
  • Sessions will be held via Zoom , a 3rd party software application which is not affiliated with the Museum.
  • We advise that you take the time to read the terms and conditions on Zoom website for your own information and safety. 

How do I join a Live Online Workshop?

  1. Book your place on a workshop.

  2. Once you have booked your ticket, you will receive an email confirming your place on your chosen Live Online Workshop. Open the email, the email will contain a link and password to the prescheduled workshop.

  3. When it is time for your scheduled event click the link on your email. This will take you to your chosen event which is being hosted through an application called Zoom. You will be asked for your meeting I.D and Password. These should come up automatically but if not they can be found on your original email.

  4. Please use an appropriate username (e.g. first name) for the Zoom session.

  5. Your computer audio and video will be disconnected for the entirety of the session. If you wish to communicate with the host or ask questions, then please directly ask the host in the Q&A function.

  6. If you sign in before the workshops begins you will be asked to wait in a virtual waiting room.

  7. Please note that you are in a session with many other participants, please be considerate of others when asking questions.

  8. These sessions are monitored at all times. Any behaviour deemed to be inappropriate will result in participants being removed from the session and being reported to the appropriate authorities where necessary.

  9. We support independent learning for children but we hold the safety and well-being of children in higher regard. Therefore we ask that an adult is present when children are partaking.

  10. Extra activities may be suggested at the end of the session. Links for additional tasks will be put in the chat room for further learning.

  11. Your host will inform you when the session is finished. When you have finished your session close your tab and sign out of zoom if you signed in at the beginning.​