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Doris photo and inscription

Italian peasant who harboured escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town hoping for reunion

An amateur historian is appealing for help in tracing an escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town – using a photo that was kept for 70 years by an Italian peasant.

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Sir Peter Medwar's children, pictured (from left) 
Alexander Medawar, Louise Stevenson, Charles Medawar and Caroline Garland-Taylor, at the unveiling of a blue plaque to commemorate their father. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Blue plaque unveiled at Hampstead home of Sir Peter Medawar ‘father of organ transplants’

A Nobel Prize-winning immunologist who is widely considered to be the “father of organ transplantation” has been honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at his former Hampstead home.

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The Isokon Building. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Plaque unveiled to mark 80 years of Hampstead modernist icon the Isokon Building

Custodians of Hampstead’s iconic Isokon building welcomed residents and relatives of its creators to mark its 80th anniversary today.

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Celebrated author Judith Kerr (right) at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Children’s author Judith Kerr speaks at LJCC event for Jewish refugees

Renowned children’s author Judith Kerr was the guest of honour at a special event hosted at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on Sunday for several generations of Jewish refugees.

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A blooming travesty? Alexandra Palace could be appended with a sponsor's name.

Move to find commercial sponsor for Alexandra Palace blasted as ‘a step too far’

A prominent campaigner for Alexandra Palace has spoken out against moves to give commercial sponsors naming rights over the iconic venue.

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Matthew Wright. Picture: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment.

TV star Matthew Wright calls for plaque at Liz Taylor’s birthplace in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Journalist and TV presenter Matthew Wright wants English Heritage to commemorate the Hampstead Garden Suburb home where Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor was born.

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Park House in North Hill, Highgate, which housed the Highgate Penitentiary

Highgate Cemetery tour guides reveal story behind deaths of teenage prostitutes who died at ‘house of mercy’

Ten prostitutes, the youngest only 12 years old, have laid forgotten in an unmarked grave in Highgate West Cemetery for more than a century. Volunteer cemetery tourguides Rowan Lennon and Sam Perrin reveal the story of Highgate’s lost girls and, for the first time, name them.

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Rolf Altschul Allan, who sailed on the luxury ocean liner St Louis on its ill-fated trip to Cuba 75 years ago. Pictures: Nigel Sutton

Hampstead survivor of doomed Jewish refugee ship the St Louis looks back 75 years on

In May 1939 a luxury cruise liner set sail from Hamburg on a journey that, 75 years later, one passenger remembers as a holiday adventure that became a voyage of doom.

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Senior members of the Friends of Highgate Cemetary cut the cakes. (LtoR) Ian Kelly, vice president, Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive, and chairman John Shepperdm. Picture: Mark Hakansson

History of Highgate Cemetery unearthed in famous burial ground’s 175th year

Highgate Cemetery’s origins, past and hopes for the future are unearthed by Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of the charitable trust that runs the famous burial ground

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Senior members of the Friends of Highgate Cemetary cut the cakes. (LtoR) Ian Kelly, vice president, Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive, and chairman John Shepperdm. Picture: Mark Hakansson

Highgate Cemetery holds party for great and good of Highgate to celebrate 175th birthday

It is the final resting place of Karl Marx, George Eliot and Douglas Adams and their graves attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

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Paul Silverman shows a photo of Sydney Silverman and addresses the International Conscientious Objectors Day commemoration in Tavistock Square. Picture: Polly Hancock

Conscientious objectors who refused to fight in First World War honoured

Conscientious objectors who refused to fight in the First World War were honoured by relatives and peace activists at a stirring ceremony.

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Dr Shirli Gilbert and Clive Marks outside the United Nations building in New York

Website explores history of music that flourished in Nazi concentration camps

Philanthropist Clive Marks tells Tom Marshall about his website charting history of Jewish works under Nazi oppression

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Conscientious objectors attending a course in mechanised agriculture

Conscientious objectors to the First World War are commemorated in Camden

Descendants of 50 First World War conscientious objectors will be commemorated in Tavistock Square today.

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Adolf Eichmann in the dock.

Auschwitz survivor to speak at LJCC exhibition on war crime trial of notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann

A landmark exhibition exploring the war crimes trial of one of the most notorious Nazis to face justice for his role in the Holocaust will open tomorrow.

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Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill in 1906. Picture: Terry Turner

How Hampstead Heath was saved from the threat of development

Heath and Hampstead Society vice-president Helen Marcus reveals the fascinating history of how Hampstead Heath was saved from development ahead of a talk at St Stephen’s, Rosslyn Hill, on Thursday

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Crocus' at Keats House. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Plans for Keats House weddings on hold as neighbours pledge to raise shortfall

Plans to host weddings at historic Keats House to boost its ailing income have been put on hold after its neighbours pledged to raise the funds themselves.

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Exhibitors, organisers and the public are locked out of mini affordable art fair at Keats Community Library when the landlords forgot to open the building. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Mini affordable art fair fundraiser for Keats Community Library locks buyers out

A mini affordable art fair raising vital funds for Hampstead’s community library got off to a shaky start when visitors turned up to find that the gates were locked.

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Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis in Britpop's heyday. Picture: Paul Slattery

Don’t look back: 10 moments in Camden’s Britpop history

This month marks 20 years since Britpop took the UK music industry by storm. London was once again the home of rock music and Camden Town and Primrose Hill became the Britpop epicentre, Harriet Orrell discovers.

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Education See all

Camden primary school children outside the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus for the screening of their silent films at the London Silent film Festival. Picture: Polly Hancock

Camden primary schoolchildren are the stars at West End silent film festival

Silent films created by primary schoolchildren have been screened in the West End at a glamorous film festival.

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High Speed 2 See all

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government would not support the Double Deck Down 2 design. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Blow as government refuses to support Camden-backed HS2 Euston station design

Efforts to save hundreds of Camden residents from seeing their homes demolished have been dealt a blow after the government revealed it would not be supporting a community-backed design for the redevelopment of Euston station.

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Obituaries See all

Professor Orla Gough has died aged 60

Obituary: Hampstead academic Prof Orla Gough had gift for business and friendship

Psychotherapist Marian O’Connor remembers her friend, academic and long-time Hampstead resident Professor Orla Gough.

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