Museum lates: music, poetry, beer and art

Vestry House Museum is celebrating east London’s rivers and the advent of spring with a night of music, art, poetry and drink.

The museum has teamed up with leading waterway charity Thames 21 and its Love the Lea campaign, which addresses the impact that pollution has on our rivers.

Trout (c)Jack Perks
Trout. Photo credit: Jack Perks

The event on Friday 18 March features a talk from author of London’s Lost Rivers, Tom Bolton. He will discuss the secret network of rivers that spreads across the city and runs beneath some of London’s well known landmarks, and reveal an aqueous world populated by infamous characters, from politicians, to criminals, to monarchs.

On the night, there’ll also be a light show by artist duo Pond Scum. Inspired by their interest in waterborne microbial cultures, the artists use water, plant life and organic matter as a backdrop to their multi-media performances which use film, improvised sound, text and live projections.

(c)Pond Scum
Pond Scum

Artist-in-residence at Walthamstow Wetlands, Silvia, will reveal her work exploring how we relate to a variety of water environments through our experiences.

As well as this, there’ll be readings from Forest Poets, live folk music from Anna Skodbo and vocalist Georgia Rodger and a chance to see the permanent displays at the museum.

Award-winning craft beer from Redemption Brewing Company will be on sale all evening.

Vestry House Museum Late: Love the Lea. Vestry Road, E17 9NH

Friday 18 March 1830 – 2200. Free, no need to book


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Rebecca, one correction: Silvia is ‘artist in residence’ at Walthamstow Wetlands not “The London Wetlands Centre” which is in Barnes in west London. The two names are often confused at the moment but they are very different nature reserves in many ways. See the Walthamstow Wetlands website here:


    1. walthamcat says:

      Thanks for pointing this out, it’s been updated now. Best, Rebecca


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