Travel back to borough’s past with Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Published: Thursday 10th May 18

Explore the history of Wandsworth at the ninth annual Wandsworth Heritage Festival from May 26 to June 10.

Battersea Park funfair in the 1960s

This year the festival celebrates Wandsworth open spaces and features talks, walks, workshops, and exhibitions

Highlights include

  • A talk on the life and times of Tooting jazz pioneer Sadie Crawford
  • A scything taster session
  • A talk on the wartime  MI5 London Reception Centre on Wandsworth Common
  • Art and photography workshops
  • A talk and workshop on textile printing in the Wandle Valley
  • Talks on growing up in wartime Battersea, Thomas Cromwell in Putney, the story of Tooting Bec Lido and pets in the lives of 20th Century Londoners
  • Family drop-in sessions on local history and family art
  • A guided walk on the notable graves at Putney Vale Cemetery
  • An open weekend at the Wandsworth Prison Museum
  • Several walks exploring some of Wandsworth’s most appealing parks and gardens.

Wandsworth Prison Museum

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 charitable social enterprise GLL, which runs library and heritage services on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

See full details of what’s on. Copies of the programme are also available from local libraries and other public buildings in Wandsworth.

For more information call (020) 7223 2334 or email

You can also view the Heritage Service's online archive catalogue, at

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