Monday 8 December: Christmas party and “Visions of Vauxhall”Our usual extras (more food, good raffle). And did you know there was a fireworks tower on the site of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens? 150 years ago it burned down, and a very fine church rose up: St Peter’s, Vauxhall. An eclectic bunch of locals, from teenagers to 97-year-olds and nuns to cabaret artists, have written a book to celebrate.
Vicar Alison Kennedy and Tim Clifford tell how.
Monday 19 January: “Johan Zoffany RA and ‘The Sayer Family’ – a masterpiece of conversation”
Local writer and historian David Wilson FSA introduces his ground-breaking new book about a leading Richmond family of the latter 18th century. He tells their story through one of the finest ‘conversation pieces’ by the great Georgian painter Johan Zoffany. This is a story of artistic supremacy and commercial success, family dynasty, topographical and architectural splendour, and two British kings. Signed copies at a special price.
Monday 16 February: ” ‘A Centre of Vice’: Prostitution in Lambeth in the First World War”
Professor Jerry White talks on one of the great anxieties of the military and civilian authorities in London during the First World War: the apparent sudden rise in the number of prostitutes in London battening on soldiers from Britain and the colonies. Much concern centred on the Waterloo Road area, long a byword for street prostitution in London. Were these anxieties real or imagined?
6.45 for 7.15pm
Light refreshments. Everyone welcome No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.
Friends of Durning Library
167 Kennington Lane (Kennington Cross), SE11