Making a Home in Silvertown

Silvertown
June 2020

About this record

Welcome to your virtual guided walk of Silvertown and Royal Docks by poet and researcher from Birkbeck, University of London, Matt Martin.

You have three films of walks in the Silvertown area, exploring the various people and their experiences who have found this area of Newham their home. Your tour guide, Matt, will introduce; how the Royal Docks came about, the expansion of the docks and industry in the area, the Silvertown Explosion, the tallest bronze sculpture in the UK and how Silvertown came to be called Silvertown!

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The walks are split into three easy to manage sections in the films below.

Download the full transcript here Making a Home in Silvertown


Listen to an introduction to the project by Birkbeck’s access & engagement officer, Hester Gartrell.


Part 1

West Silvertown Docklands Light Railway station (DLR) to Pontoon Dock DLR station

Watching time 18 minutes

Walking time 45 minutes (depending on your walking speed)

Part 2

Pontoon Dock DLR station in a circular route

Watching time 13 minutes

Walking time 30 minutes (depending on your walking speed)

Part 3

Pontoon Dock DLR station to London City Airport

Watching time 16 minutes

Walking time 30 minutes (depending on your walking speed)

Your tour guide Matt says, 

I’m a former resident of Newham who knows Silvertown well. Prior to beginning my PhD research at Birkbeck, University of London, I worked for many years in the city’s museums, specialising in the history of the Port of London. My current research focuses on Caribbean influences on English literature, but I am also interested in the wider influence of migration on English culture. With its proud history of diversity and international trade, Newham therefore remains an area of enormous importance to me. 

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