The Carved in Stone Project
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project will reveal more about Merton during the First World War. It will uncover the life stories of people commemorated on war memorials and gravestones across the borough, as well as details of life on the Home Front including the role of local women, the experiences of war refugees and the vital work of Merton hospitals, charities and industries.
The new Carved in Stone website!
On 28th of May 2016, at our annual Heritage Discovery Day, we were delighted to launch the new website for our heritage project about Merton during the First World War. The website can be visited at: www.merton.gov.uk/carvedinstone
Alternatively, click on the following link: Carved in Stone Website
The Carved in Stone team are producing a newsletter each month to be emailed to interested members of the public. It will include timely excerpts of our research (to give you an idea of what we're finding) and keep you informed of any upcoming and relevant events.
To receive the newsletter, sign up using the form below.
Merton at War: A Heritage Map
From their project research, our team have devised the Merton at War heritage map, which launched during Remembrance Week 2015. This map highlights sites with First World War associations, enabling you to explore different parts of the borough and learn about what was happening locally 100 years ago.
Copies of the Merton at War map are available across the borough from a range of local heritage sites, your local libraries and the Local Studies Centre in Morden Library.
Share your family's stories of World War One
Did any of your relatives live in Merton during the First World War?
During the summer of 2015 the project team staged a series of War Story Days during which interviews were filmed with Merton residents whose relatives fought in the First World War, or supported the local war effort. These interviews will be edited to create short videos which will be available to the public via Merton Council's YouTube page. There aren't currently any War Story Days planned, however if you have family stories that you would like to share, or wartime memorabilia that we can record for posterity, we can arrange individual interview sessions. We would be delighted to hear from you!
Kelvin Shewry or Sarah Gould, Tel. 020 8545 4038 / 3239
Merton Heritage Service is seeking more young volunteers to help with the project. This type of work experience should prove particularly beneficial for teenagers, helping to boost their CVs or university applications.
Volunteers will help to create a wealth of resources from webpages and YouTube videos, to local history exhibitions, school packs and filmed interviews with the descendants of combatants and war workers.
For more information on these volunteer roles and to apply please see the Heritage opportunities on our volunteering page.