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Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre

Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre tells the story of Merton and its people through a changing programme of exhibitions and events. The Centre also offers educational services for local schools and adult learners as well as access to a wide range of local history resources.

Location and opening hours

Morden Library
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7.00pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm

What we hold

Our collection includes local history information on Colliers Wood, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, Pollards Hill, Raynes Park, Wimbledon and West Barnes. 

Sources include photographs of historic Merton and its various districts, local maps, electoral registers and trade directories, Council minute and agenda books, a small collection of Merton parish registers (up to 1812), genealogical guides and resources, local biographical resources, a large collection of local history books, articles and ephemera, local history magazines and periodicals as well as specialist collections on Merton Priory, Admiral Lord Nelson, William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Library users can also enjoy free access to the Ancestry website via public computers. 

The Carved in Stone Project

Merton Heritage Service is now working on an exciting new initiative. "Carved in Stone" is a two year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will focus on Merton and its people during the First World War.

Services offered

The Centre provides a range of services including exhibitions, events, a research service, services for schools and adult learners and a local history shop. 

Exhibitions on the heritage of Merton

You will find a changing programme of displays on the history of Merton and its people at the centre. These often feature historic documents and objects which can be handled by visitors to the Centre. 

Research Service

If you are unable to visit in person, we offer a limited research service charging £5.00 per half hour and £10.00 per hour. 

We undertake a minimum of half an hour's research and a maximum of 3 hours research per enquiry. Fees are inclusive of VAT, postage and up to five photocopies.

To find out more about requesting the research service please call 020 8545 3239 or email us. Click on this link to obtain a copy of our standard enquiry form.

Reproduction and Photography

You can request copies or reproduce items held by Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre. Contact us to find out more about this service.

Educational Services

The Heritage & Local Studies Centre offers a range of educational services to schools, colleges and community groups. These include resource box loans, themed class sessions, local history talks, collection tours and project advice. 

For more details, contact Merton Heritage Centre or click on Services for Schools.

Local History Shop

We offer a wide range of local history books, postcards and facsimile maps at competitive prices. If you are unable to visit in person, we can also send goods by post. At present we can only accept cash and cheque payments. Contact the centre for more information on books and publications.  

The Merton Memories Project

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Merton Heritage Service has developed the Merton Memories Project. This successful initiative allows the public unprecedented access to a unique collection of historic photographs showing Merton from 1869 to the present day.  Staff and local volunteers have scanned and catalogued over 15,000 images, which are now available via the Merton Memories website.

Visitors can not only browse the photographic collection by subject, location and a range of advanced search options; it is also possible to order photographic prints and send enquiries. The website also provides details of heritage events and links to local museums and societies.

Heritage volunteers are continuing to research the images and add further historical information as part of ongoing project work. If you have information on any of the images in our collection, or have Merton images that you would like to add to the website, we would love to hear from you. Contact Merton Heritage Centre for further information.

 

Buses: 80,93, 118, 154, 157, 163, 164, 293, 413, 201 and 470

Nearest Tube and Train: Morden (Northern Line), South Merton Station (ten minute walk), Morden South (ten minute walk). The Phipps Bridge and Morden Road Tramlink stops are both a ten minute walk away from the Centre. Pay and display car parks are available nearby at Sainsburys and York Close. 

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Contact us

Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre,
2nd floor, Morden Library,
Merton Civic Centre,
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Tel. 020 8545 3239/4038  
Email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk  

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