“The St. Lawrence is mere water. The Missouri muddy water. The Thames is liquid history.” So declared John Burns – a great advocate of London’s history – when asked to compare the Thames against those other great rivers in 1929. Forty years earlier in 1889 Burns had been a towering figurehead of the Great Dock Strike, thus sealing his own place in those murky waters. As the 125th anniversary of the strike approaches (14 August – 16 September) it feels an opportune moment to reflect on what this particular passage of liquid history might mean today.
Here at West India Quay, home of Museum of London Docklands, we’re always on the lookout for Docklands inspired art and music. So when we discovered East India Youth, named after the bit of Docklands musician William Doyle calls home (or so says the Guardian) our ears pricked up and we’ve been listening to new album Total Strife Forever since it was released on Monday.Read the full post