Month: December 2017

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New book focuses on local photographer

A new book produced by Bexley Archives was launched with at illustrated talk at Hall Place & Gardens earlier this month.

“Boswells Bexley: a photographers view of the Borough 1890-1950” is the work of Penny Duggan in collaboration with Kirsty Macklen and Simon McKeon.

Priced at £18 the book is packed with great photographs and available from Bexley Archives at Central Library, Hall Place, Bexley Libraries and online by emailing

Boswell's Bexley

In 1968, Bexley Council saved Arthur Boswell’s collection of historic photographs of Bexley from the skip. After much negotiation, it bought the Boswell Collections consisting of around 20,000 lantern slides, negatives and prints for £350.

The book tells the fascinating story of Arthur Boswell’s life and his work recording all aspects of life in and around Bexley from the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

“Boswell’s Bexley” includes carefully selected images from the Archives and Museum Boswell Collections. The images capture the transformation of the borough from a largely rural district in the 1890s to becoming a bustling suburb by the 1950s.


Bexley’s first ever lantern parade

Local children proudly paraded their handmade lanterns through Bexleyheath Broadway on 7 December) during Bexley’s first ever winter lantern parade, Let it Glow.

18 copy

A large illumined puppet of Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka, operated and made by internationally renowned artist Tessa Garland, led the parade of around 40 handmade lanterns. Children and late night shoppers marched the length of the Broadway several times to the sound of a professional steel drum band, which performed their rendition of well-known Christmas Carols.

The Council commissioned leading arts and creative learning provider Bow Arts to run lantern making workshops, the parade and accompanying arts and crafts stalls, in partnership with the Bexleyheath Business Improvement District. Tessa Garland led the free workshops every Saturday for six weeks leading up to the event, showing children the skills they need to create and personalise their very own lanterns.


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Bexley makes its bid for London Borough of Culture

Bexley has submitted its bid to become London Borough of Culture!

Thank you to everyone who supported the bid by contributing their ideas or practical help.

The detailed submission was backed up with letters of support from creative, business and community partners.

It included a link to the exciting and original video produced by Bird College and published on this site yesterday, which showcases its talented students and the borough’s unique heritage sites.