Zeppelin 1917

This section of the website commemorates the World War One Zeppelin strike on Camberwell – in an area which is now part of Burgess Park, next to Albany Road.

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New events for October 2018

The podcast

Listen to the fascinating podcast audio adaptation of the Animated Walk from the Friends’ Zeppelin 1917 season. It tells the story of the Zeppelin Raid on Camberwell, in the industrial and residential area that existed before the creation of the park itself, and puts the tragic events of that night into the context of local life at that time. Read about the Animated Walk.

Detail of the house sculpturesThe memorial launch

As part of the commemorations of the Zeppelin bombing in 1917 (see below for more information), Sally Hogarth will be unveiling her new artwork memorial ‘Silent Raid’.  The memorial to those who lost their lives has been commissioned by Southwark Council and has been a year in the making.

The ten replica houses which make up the installation represent each of the people killed in the attack. Read Sally Hogarth’s blog on the Southwark Heritage website about creating the sculptures.


Wednesday, 17 October, 5:30-7pm

Meet at Theatre Delicatessen, in the Old Library on Wells Way, for a walk around the locations for the memorial, with speeches, refreshments, a poem by Koko and more. To book tickets for the launch event, please see the Eventbrite page.

The launch will be exactly 101 years after the attack and is part of the Zeppelin 1917 programme of events in Burgess Park about the First World War.

Photo of three houses and posterSaturday 20 October, 2-5:30pm

An afternoon of FREE events at Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way. 

  • Come along to the open-to-all history walk telling the story of the “Silent Raid”.
  • Find out more at the mini Zeppelin 1917 exhibition based on the centenary commemoration last year including Keith Roberts’ Zeppelin artwork
  • Listen to the fascinating podcast audio adaptation of the Animated Walk from the Friends’ Zeppelin 1917 season.
  • Take part in the drop-in family art workshop by Art in the Park.
  • Refreshments
2.30 pm  Camberwell Community Choir sing songs from the First World War 
3.15 pm History walk to view the art installation of memorial houses including Q and A with the artist Sally Hogarth
4.30 – 5.30 pm  Performance of THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER 
The Unknown Soldier is a moving show, often humorous, but above all thought provoking. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home. A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One. Official EdFringe 2016 sell out show by award nominated writer of Casualties.  Book for 4.30 performance  
We’ve also just won the Mary Boast History Prize, organised by the Camberwell Society. Copies of our winning essay will be available at the events, and you can read more about the Prize here, or read the essay itself here.

The story of Burgess Park in WW1

Revealing the impact of World War I on people’s lives and society

Almost one hundred years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Albany Road/Calmington Road, Camberwell. It killed 10 people, injured 24 and demolished three houses, a fish and chip shop and a doctor’s surgery. The Friends of Burgess Park project Zeppelin 1917, which took place in the autumn of 2017, uncovered the stories of local heroes, and pieced together the details of the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.

A major programme of events was produced to commemorate the centenary, during October 2017, and the events have been reported on in these blogs. The pages which follow this are based on the Zeppelin 1917 exhibition, produced by local volunteers. At the moment we’re just showing the exhibition panels, but we intend to upload the actual content in the coming weeks. Watch this space as we gradually add content in early 2018.

The Zeppelin 2017 commemorations featured:

Exhibition – A timeline of the raid and archival display – open Saturdays during October 2017, with opening talk by Zeppelin expert Ian Castle on Saturday 7 October. Read all about it in our Blog

Hidden Heroes – Talk by Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, on the black community and the Great War, Saturday 14 October 2017.  Read the  Blog

Animated Walk – Created by actors using research by local volunteers, to animate the history of WW1 and the Zeppelin Raid on Calmington Road in October 1917, on Saturday 21 October. Read the  Blog

Family events –  Drop-in family events including art workshops with Art in the Park, Cuming Museum object handling, stories and rhymes with Vanessa Woolf, Saturday 7th and Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October.

Click here to see more details of the events or read the blogs here

We’re very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for assisting us with a grant of £9,800 towards the commemorations. We also acknowledge a big debt of gratitude to all the volunteer researchers who helped put the exhibition together, the staff of the Imperial War Museum, Cuming Collection and Southwark Archives for their tremendous input, and to Theatre Delicatessen in the Old Library, for hosting many of the events.

Move on to the exhibition:




First World War Centenary led by Imperial War Museum