Museum of Croydon and Local Studies events February & March

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Museum of Croydon tours

 Thursdays 19 February and 19 March. 11am – 12pm

Tour the galleries. Discover some of the real stories behind the famous faces of Croydon.  Meet Nellie Chapman, the daring Lion Queen who performed for Queen Victoria and find out why Derek Bentley’s murder trial caused such controversy.  Explore the Research Room and Exhibition Gallery and see how to use Croydon street directories, photos and maps to explore the local area.

Please book a place in advance as spaces are limited at or 020 8253 1022.

Family event: Victorian Lives

Saturday 14 February – drop in 11am -1pm and 2pm-4pm 

Discover how photographs and maps show us how Croydon has changed since Victorian times.  Get a feel for Victorian life in Croydon by handling objects from the time. Suitable for ages 4 and over. Activities Space (next to Riesco Gallery)

Family event: The Blitz On Your Street

Saturday 14 March 2015 – drop in 11am – 1pm and 2-4pm

How did the blitz and the bombing raids of World War Two affect where you lived? Was your house bombed? During this drop-in session the Museum volunteers will be on hand to help you research the impact of the bombing raids near you. You can use the resources in the Research Room, including bomb maps, photographs of air raid damage, and the Borough Engineer Reports to find out about the building or street of your choice. There is a  collection of memories of Croydon during the war, in addition to a variety of original documents, photographs and objects that can be handled and explored.

Suitable for ages 8 and over. Activities Space (next to Riesco Gallery)

To find out more visit:

Museum & Local Studies


Katherine St

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5pm, free entry


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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