Treasure trove of important documents discovered in a garage.

A treasure trove of important documents, photographs and memories has been discovered in a garage.

The new Thamesmead Community Archive project has been launched to discover more about the history of the area.

A huge bundle of Greater London Council (GLC) and Thamesmead Town Limited documents from the 1960s to the 1980s has been discovered in a garage in Southmere which reveal insights into the first 50 years of Thamesmead.

Thamesmead community archive manager Sharon Casey said: “We couldn’t believe that such a wealth of material had been stored away by previous organisations before being rediscovered. It’s a real Aladdin’s Cave.

“There are thousands of documents, including original plans, more than 6,000 maps and even the minutes of meetings from 30 and 40 years ago.

It’s going to be a task going through it all but it promises tell us so much about Thamesmead’s history.”

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