Talks at The Tower

Talks at The Tower – Adult Learners Week 2012: Monday 14th May to Friday 18th May

A week of fascinating talks held in St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney’s oldest building. Monday 14th May – Jerry White: London in the 18th Century Jerry White is a distinguished historian of London and a former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney. His new book London in the Eighteenth Century; A Great and Monstrous Thing” was published in March 2012. Jerry will discuss the character of London in the 18th century during the last decades of the old St Augustine’s Church.Tuesday 15th May – Rachel Kolsky: Jewish Hackney Prize-winning Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky runs walks and talks uncovering the “human stories” behind the buildings specialising in East London and Jewish Heritage. Her talk will celebrate the varied experiences of the Jewish community in the Borough. Rachel’s first book “Jewish London was published in March 2012.Wednesday 16th May – Sean Gubbins: Hackney History in Context An overview of Hackney history for those whose school history has left gaps that need filling. Sean Gubbins has been leading Hackney history walks for 10 years and in this talk Sean will be exploring the wider backdrop to Hackney’s history. So if you don’t know the difference between a parish and a puritan or a Tudor and a turnpike all will be made clear in this talk!Thursday 17th May – Ken Worpole: Life and Death on Balls Pond Road Ken Worpole is a celebrated historian of Hackney’s modern literary tradition. In this talk he will discuss Hackney’s forgotten novelist and icon of Hackney’s cultural rebirth Jerry O’Neill the famed proprietor of the Duke of Wellington pub and Sugawn theatre in Balls Pond Road where his first play “God is Dead on Balls Pond Road was performed.Friday 18th May – Sarah Wise: The Old Nichol Slum in ShoreditchSarah’s book “The Blackest Streets is a history of the Old Nichol in Shoreditch otherwise known as “The Jago” and widely thought to have been the worst slum in London. Her debut “The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for non-fiction. She will talk about the myth and reality of The Jago in this fascinating talk. All talks will be held in St Augustine’s Tower Mare Street (Opposite Hackney Central station/Marks & Spencers) Doors open at 19.00 for refreshments and tours of The Tower. Talks start at 19.30. Admission is free but due to limited availability places must be booked in advance. Please contact Lisa at Hackney Historic Buildings Trust on 02089860029 or email