The following tour organised by the Jeevika Trust has been brought to my attention.
‘Greenwich, Docklands and the Rise of East India Trade’
Sunday 10th October – Full Day Excursion
How did England’s trade with East India begin? What were these great sea voyages really like? How did Blackwall get its name? What is the tale of the Maharajah of Burdwan’s medal? Who were the Lascar sailors? What was shipping on the Thames like before the great Docks were built in 1800? Which was the world’s first truly multinational corporation? And why is there so little trace of it today?
Join us on a voyage of discovery on Sunday 10th October to find the answers to these questions. Meet the Chief Curator of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich – Dr Robert Blyth – and author and banker Nick Robins on this exclusive excursion. All proceeds from the day go to Jeevika Trust to support its work for village livelihood in India.
Depart 9.00am from the riverside pavement outside Embankment tube station where we board our private luxury coach. You will be greeted by your host and guide Leila Redpath and get a historical overview as we depart including your own maps and informative summary.
This excursion begins with a romantic visit to Greenwich and the dazzling National Maritime Museum for a private India-themed tour with its chief curator, Dr Robert Blyth. Hear first-hand about plans for their new Asia Gallery and from Dr Blyth about his own forthcoming book on the maritime history of the East India Company. Time permitting, cross over into the Queen’s House to see two connected paintings.
After free-time for lunch at exotic Greenwich market (not included in ticket price), we drive through the Blackwall Tunnel to London’s Docklands to discover the preserved lock gates that were once the sole entrance to the entire great East India Dock built in 1806. There are stunning views to be had here of the Millennium Dome just across the water.
Then we drive on past some East India Company (EIC) clues, including a brief pause outside the hidden-away church it had built for the souls of its sailors and staff – St Matthias Old Church in Poplar. Next we head along the Commercial Road – yes, a trade route built by the EIC – and on into the City of London itself to find out more about the mystery and legacy of the world’s first true multinational.
Here we have a brief refreshment stop before we are greeted by Nick Robins, author of ‘The Corporation that changed the World’, for a little walking tour (approx 45mins). See the old Cutler St warehouses where the most precious cargoes of tea were brought for safe-keeping.
And finally we board our coach once more to finish our day at the Royal Over-Seas League private member’s Club, with its lovely rooms and garden backing on to Green Park. Here we offer you afternoon tea with fine Indian teas to end our day and relax in good company. Here you can also meet with Andrew Redpath, Executive Director of Jeevika Trust who has had long personal, business and charity links with India, share a drink at the Bar and learn more about the Trust’s work in village India.
Those still keen to socialise can join us for a meal afterwards, but otherwise this is where we end the Excursion between 4.30 and 5.30pm.
This should be a fascinating and sociable day of discovery, a unique day out devised exclusively for this event by your host and guide, Leila Redpath – (an International Tour Director for 12 years).
Cost £45 per person.
Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of gentle walking as well as some uneven surfaces. If you have any access requirements please call the number below to discuss how we might assist.