History Update 22 January

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

See: www.wandsworthsociety.org.uk

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 membership@richmondhistory.org.uk 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 history@claphamsociety.com, to attend on Zoom contact Christine events@claphamsociety.com

For further detailswww.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.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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