The Oral History Cafe (coffee, cream teas and home-made cake!) at HCM is open from 10th to 18th September, every day from 11am to 4pm, in the beautiful surroundings of Hermitage’s floating Pier House on the Thames.

While you enjoy a cuppa and a cake, you can listen to tales and memories from A Sense of Place, the oral history project about life on the Thames at Wapping, and add your own memories to our Memory Map.

open house london
On the weekend (17,18) we are also part of Open House London.

There are also several special events over the week:

Friday 9th September

7pm: Poetry night at Hermitage. Come and hear poets perform work about history, memory, and rivers; or even read some work yourself! Booking recommended.

Saturday 10th September

11am onwards – drop-in bunting-making workshop for adults and kids. Make a bunting flag that shows what the river means to you!

2pm Local history walk with Ray Newton. Meet at Hermitage, and join us on a ramble around Wapping’s hidden history.

Sunday 11th September.

1pm: Local history bike ride with Alan Ball. Leaving from Hermitage. Own bike needed, and booking required.

Tuesday 13th September

2pm: Local history walk with Ray Newton. Meet at Hermitage.

7pm: Madge Darby talks about her latest book, “Piety and Piracy”, a history of Wapping.

Friday 16th September

10am: Mudlarking event on the foreshore. Meet at Hermitage – wear wellies! Booking recommended.

7pm: Music evening with Nigel of Bermondsey singing new ballads about Wapping, followed by an open session and sing-around. Bring your voice, your instruments, and join in. Booking recommended.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

London Open House weekend comes to Hermitage again. Come and see the historic boats, explore the A Sense of Place exhibition, and watch video art created by the project. No booking needed to visit the moorings; but check on the door for film screening times.