07 Feb

World by the Water: An Exhibition of Canada Water and Rotherhithe History

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World by the Water: An Exhibition of Canada Water and Rotherhithe History

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Please join us at the CWM Hub for the upcoming World by the Water exhibition focusing on the history of Canada Water, Rotherhithe and the Surrey Docks. The temporary exhibition is funded by British Land and includes a range of special events (more details below). It will be open from 16 February – 1 March.

The landscape and history of Canada Water, Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks have been shaped over the centuries by water. Once low-lying marshland, this riverside location became a globally important commercial and maritime hub, with links to every part of the world. The exhibition will shine a spotlight on the area and showcase its unique history.

The exhibition has been curated with the generous support of local people and organisations, and especially an advisory group. We hope that both those who know the area well and those less familiar – including the teams working on the Canada Water Masterplan – will enjoy learning and reflecting on the stories which make the place what it is today and will continue to do so in the future.

It will include striking historic images, snapshots in time of places and personalities and personal memories and voices.

The exhibition is free of charge. Visitors of all ages and interests are welcome.

Opening times

Dates: Friday 16 February to Thursday 1 March 2018

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 3.30 – 7.30pm

Tuesdays: 10am – 2pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 5pm


The CWM Hub, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre (opposite Tesco), SE16 7LL

Special Free Events at the CWM Hub

Workshop | Making a paper fleet

Friday 16 February 3.30pm – 5.30pm

In partnership with Time and Talents ‘Crafty Beasts’, this free drop-in origami (paper folding) workshop will allow people to help build a fleet of paper ships in the Hub with origami expert Toshiko Kurata- all ages welcome.

The Friday Social

Friday 23 February 1.00pm – 3.00pm

In association with Time and Talents, join the 60+ club to explore the World by the Water exhibition and share personal stories of the local area.

Workshop | Crafty Beasts

Friday 23 February 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Come along to this fun intergenerational arts and crafts session, hosted with Time and Talents in association with World by the Water.

Talk | Clippers: The final days of Rotherhithe shipbuilding

Wednesday 28 February 7.15pm

Speaker: Andie Byrnes

Join Andie Byrnes from the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society for a free talk on Rotherhithe’s ships and their builders.

No booking is required. The Society warmly welcomes visitors and new members- to find out more about the group, please visit rbhistory.org.uk

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