Wandsworth Museum Collections
Labour Cllr Rex Osborn, a local historian in his own right, is the new lead on the Wandsworth Museum Collections, which are in storage at the former West Hill Library/Wandsworth Museum building.
He has stated the Council is:
1. Committed to preserving the Collection
2. That its ultimate aim would be a museum, but not feasible in the near future
3. Aiming to make the Collection as accessible as possible
4. Looking into grants, sponsorship, etc.
5. Planning for some education visits based at West Hill and to get that aspect going.
The partnership with Roehampton University is on-going as part of its course in museum and archive curation and more exhibitions are planned following the first last year.
A former Tory administration closed the Council Museum at the Old Curt House on Garratt Lane. An independent Museum was set up in the former West Hill Library funded by a major Tory donor. That Museum closed when he stopped the funding. A filing Cabinet full of archive re-the 1970s and 1980s I donated to the independent Museum, books and magazines and pamphlets have been unaccessible as a result.
Saturday 28 January. 2pm. Wandle Wake-Up Guided Walk
Meet at Burmester House (opposite Tesco Express), Summerstown/Garratt Lane roundabout.
Explore the stretch of Wandle between Earlsfield and Summerstown. The Gunpowder Mills, Cycle Speedway, a Hindu Temple and the oldest barbers on Garratt Lane are on the agenda.
For details www.summerstown182.wordpress.com
Tuesday 7 February. 7.30 pm. Why Streatham would survive the Apocalypse
A (non-political) talk by Bell Ribiero-Addy, MP, for Streatham Society
St Leonard’s Church , Streatham, London, SW16 1HS.
Thursday 9 February. 8 pm ‘The Wandle Piscators’ – including a history of angling and the Wandle
Wandsworth Society talk
West Side Church, Melody Road, SW18
Monday 13 February. 8pm. ‘Raving on the Thames: Richmond’s music scene in the 1960s’
Talk by Anthony Humphreys for Richmond Local History Society
If you wish to attend please contact Shirley Clark at email@example.com or 020 8948 2671. Non-members are invited to make a £4 donation at the door,
Saturday 18 February. 2pm. Planet Tooting Guided Walk
Meet at Tooting Broadway tube station
More stories of a migrant population whose contribution to Tooting has created one of the most vibrant, energetic and diverse communities in Britain.
Monday 20 February. ‘Behind the Shop’s Façade – the Life of Maurice Dorfman’ – the story of the longest serving independent retailer in Clapham
Talk by Jim Glover for Clapham Society
Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW
To book a place at the Omnibus Theatre email Alyson at firstname.lastname@example.org, to attend on Zoom contact Christine email@example.com
For further details: www.claphamsociety.com
Tuesday 7 March. 7.30 pm. The Life and Work of Charles Voysey, Architect
Talk by Richard Havelock for Streatham Society
See 7 February above for Society details.