History Events Across South West London from 20 March

Monday, 20 March. 6.45 for 7.15pm. Seretse Khama and the making of Botswana

Botswana is not just the land of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but of Seretse Khama, hero of the film A United Kingdom. Chief from the age of 4, Seretse married a white South Londoner in the teeth of opposition from the UK and South African governments and his own people. Botswana was one of the world’s poorest countries, but as its first president this man of many skills (and a sense of humour) set it on the road to being prosperous, peaceful and democratic. Local resident Prof. Charlie Harvey tells how.

Friends of Durning Library. Light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. No admission charge, £2 donation towards costs is invited.

Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 4HF




 Monday 20 March. 8pm. Secret Underground London: a talk on closed tube stations, underground bunkers and catacombs

Talk by Nick Catford

Streatham Society, Woodlawns” 16 Leigham Court Road, SW16 2JP.

Free, no booking required.

Contact: https://www.streathamsociety.org.uk

Monday 27 March. 8pm. Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station

Talk by Peter Watts

Clapham Society. Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW. The bar opens from 7 pm and meetings commence at 8 pm Non-members most welcome. For further details: www.claphamsociety.com

Monday 3 April. 8pm. ‘London in the First World War’

Talk by David Evans.

Streatham Society – see 20 March.

Saturday 8 April. 2.30pm  ‘ Mills of the Wandle’

Talk by Mick Taylor of the Wandle Industrial Museum

Merton Historical Society at Christ Church Hall, Colliers Wood.


www.mertonhistoricalsociety.org.uk .

Tuesday 11 April. 7.30pm. Symposium: Short talks on subjects of local historical and archaeological interest

Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society. The Housing Co-op Hall, 106 The Cut (almost opposite the Old Vic Theatre). Visitors are welcome, but are asked to make £1 donation. Enquiries by telephone 020 8764 8314.

History of Merton

Talks  West Barnes Local History Group

 10.30am to 12 noon –  West Barnes Library, Station Road, New Malden

21 March: The Surrey Iron Railway: The world’s first public rail network.

Eric Shaw – Wandle Industrial Museum

18 April: Common Ground : The heritage of Merton’s open spaces

Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service

16 May: The story of Southside House

Gareth Harmer, Southside House, Wimbledon

20 June: Mills of the River Wandle

Mick Taylor, Wandle Industrial Museum

18 July: The history of Merton pubs and pub signs

David Roe, Merton Historical Society

15 August: All the fun of the fair: Tales of Mitcham Fair

Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service

19 September: The story of Ely’s department store

Speaker: Michael Norman-Smith, U3A/Museum of Wimbledon

17 October: Things that go bump in the night: Ghost stories and the paranormal in Merton

Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service

21 November: The human face of war: Tales of Merton’s First World War combatants.

Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service

For information: 020 8545 3239

or email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk


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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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