Explore borough’s rich history

Published: Monday 19th May 14

Explore the history of Wandsworth at the sixth annual Wandsworth Heritage Festival from May 24 to June 8.

Tooting Bec Lido in the 1970s

A series of local events will explore the story of the borough, including illustrated talks, guided walks and trails.  Highlights include:

  • An open day for local groups on Saturday May 24 at Wandsworth Town library, featuring a range of short talks and stalls from local history and amenity groups.
  • Family events including interactive displays at several local libraries, a chance to be an archaeologist at an artefacts handling session, a create your own coat of arms event and a session on toys from the past.
  • A final chance to view the Wandsworth Prison museum collection in its current location.
  • House historian and author Melanie Backe-Hansen will be speaking about uncovering the secrets behind the history of your house, including local examples from her research.
  • A range of guided walks, including one on the Totterdown Estate, another on North Battersea and the area “Twixt the Commons” and a walk exploring the story of Tooting in the first world war.
  • Two of the most significant buildings in the borough are running tours – Battersea Arts Centre and Froebel College, University of Roehampton – and there is also an opportunity to contribute to Battersea Arts Centre’s digital archive.
  • The centenary of Battersea’s Mayor John Archer – the first black Mayor in London – is marked with a range of walks and talks about his life and work and a display in Wandsworth Town Library.

Many local groups and societies help to document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage and the festival provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work and recruit new members. The festival is organised by GLL, in association with Wandsworth Council.

Download the Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2014 programme. Copies of the programme are also available from local libraries in Wandsworth.

For more information email heritage@gll.org

You can also view the Heritage Service's online archive catalogue, at www.calmview.eu/wandsworth/calmview.

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