Heritage Festival starts this weekend

Published: 26 May 2016

The seventh annual Wandsworth Heritage Festival kicks off this Saturday with a photographic exhibition in Putney Library and a walk through historic Earlsfield.

The festival runs from May 28 to June 12, with a series of local events exploring the story of the borough, including illustrated talks, guided walks, events and trails.  

Each of the events, many of which are free, is led by an acknowledged expert.  Highlights include:

  • Exhibitions including Double Vision at Putney Library showing photographs of Wandsworth seasonal urban landscape, local scenes and the diversity of the borough, and Blueprint for Living commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Fitzhugh Grove Estate   
  • A walk of the Putney Sculpture Trail plus a screening of a film about the artist who created the sculptures, Alan Thornhill, introduced by his daughter.
  • Drop-in sessions will explore archaeology and local history in Tooting and the Order of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God convent in Roehampton, plus guidance on finding out more about the history of your home.
  • If you have any old photographs of Tooting Bec Lido you can take them to the Lido to be scanned to help create a publically-accessible library
  • Open days and tours include, Henry Tate Gardens in Streatham, the London Sewing Machine Museum, Grove House Estate in Roehampton and Emanuel School.
  • Tour the Battersea Arts Centre and see plans for the rebuild of the Grand Hall.
  • There will be a range of walks across the borough including: Historic Earlsfield, the Heritage Trees of Tooting Common, Following the Falcon Brook, the Great Houses of Roehampton, Famous Furzedown Faces, Twixt the Commons, Tooting World War I History and Historic Battersea.
  • Talks include Wandsworth in the First World War, Sheepscapes and the Natural Landscape, the Lost Art of Thames Swimming, Multi-faith Tooting, Fascinating Streatham, Drouet’s Paper Asylum and Researching Emanuel School at War.
  • The Spare Tyre Theatre Company will present dramatized stories of the nuns, nurses, inventors and dancers who have lived in Roehampton.
  • A chance to learn more about pioneer suffragette Charlotte Despard and the Columbia Gramophohone record company – a major employer in Earlsfield.

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 libraries and heritage contractor Better, in association with Wandsworth Council.

Download the Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2016 programme. Copies of the programme are also available from local libraries in Wandsworth.

For more information call (020) 7223 2334 or email heritage@gll.org

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