Venture to Docklands in the East End, to visit the exhibition ‘Not a Split Second; Remembering the Docklands Bomb’ at the Republic Gallery, Capstan House, Clove Crescent, East India Docks, E14 2BA. This exhibition is a collaboration between Dr. George Legg and the artist Lucy Harrison. The Docklands Bomb ended a 17 month ceasefire but was also instrumental in bringing about the peace talks culminating in the Good Friday Agreement.
Dr. Legg will guide us round the exhibition, which features a short film investigating the effects of the IRA bomb on local residents and architecture in Docklands. The video is accompanied by archival images of the bomb damage and its relationship to urban renewal in the area.
Beginning with Lunch
Venturers will meet on platform 2 at the Westferry Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station, for the short walk to Ian McKellan’s ‘The Grapes’, at 76 Narrow Street, E14 8BP, www.thegrapes.co.uk. Recommended in The Good Pub Guide since 1996 and one of the oldest pubs in London, Charles Dickens was a patron and referred to it in the opening chapter of his novel 'Our Mutual Friend’:
“A tavern of dropsical appearance… long settled down into a state of hale infirmity. It had outlasted many a sprucer public house, indeed the whole house impended over the water but seemed to have got into the condition of a faint-hearted diver, who has paused so long on the brink that he will never go in at all.”
The Exhibition is free of charge, individuals pay for their own lunch. Names to Margaret please, if this tickles your fancy!