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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

The History of Merton's Railways.

23 October - 30 November, 2nd floor, Morden Library

Recently unearthed during work on the local archives, this fascinating little display was produced during the 1990s and looks at the history of the main railway services operating through Merton from 1838 onwards. 

Displays cover the Wimbledon to West Croydon line; Raynes Park Station; the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon extension; the Wimbledon to Putney Bridge line; Clapham Common to Morden and the Wimbledon to Sutton line.


Byegone Mitcham and Colliers Wood.

23 October to 30 November, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

This collection was also recently discovered amongst the archives and includes a variety of images captured by professional photographer R J Johns. Dating from 1912 to 1934 the pictures feature street scenes and views of Wandle Park, Cricket Green and Mitcham Common.

A must for photography enthusiasts and nostalgia lovers alike - visit the exhibition and see how many places you can recognise. 


The Wandle Treasures Map

1 - 30 November, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

Throughout the month of November, visitors to Merton Heritage Centre will be able to take a closer look at this beautiful hand drawn map, produced as part of a recent Heritage Lottery project.

The result of painstaking research by project volunteers, the map highlights many of the historic "treasures" that can be found along the banks of the River Wandle and in the surrounding area. They include historic houses, industrial buildings and archaeological sites.

In addition to viewing this unique map at close range, visitors can also find out more about the project which led to its creation.


The River Wandle : Did You Know...?

9 - 30 November, 2nd floor, Morden Library

This small-scale exhibition will reveal some unusual facts about the River Wandle and its surroundings, from ancient settlements and artistic connections, to famous residents and aspects of natural history.


A Thing of Beauty: Images of the River Wandle from the Merton Heritage collection.

9 - 30 November, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

This exhibition will be accompanied by extracts from the reminiscences of local people.


A Spotlight on Current Affairs

4 December, 2nd floor, Morden Library, 2 - 4pm. 

If you are interested in current affairs, why not visit   Merton Heritage Centre on Tuesday 4 December.

Between 2 and 4pm representatives of Merton U3A   invite you to join them for an informal discussion on a   range of topical events and issues. This session is part of   their commitment to "never stop learning" and part of   the programme offered by the U3A Current Affairs Group.

Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available.

For more information call 020 8545 4040.

Christmas Sale : Local History Books.

Saturday 2 December, 2nd floor, Morden Library, 10am - 4.45pm

If you are hunting for that elusive Christmas gift, visit Merton Heritage Centre on the first Saturday of December. We will be offering a wide range of local history books, maps, postcards and canvas pictures featuring scenes of bygone Merton.  

Many of the books will be available at discount prices, so why not pay us a visit and grab a bargain!


West Barnes Local History Group.

Merton Heritage Centre organises monthly talks at West Barnes Library.These are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12 noon. 


21 November: Speaker - Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service.

The human face of war : Tales of Merton's First World War combatants.


December: There will be no talk in December. The programme will resume in January 2018. 

Admission to the West Barnes history talks is FREE. 

For more information : Contact Merton Heritage Centre, Tel. 020 8545 3239 or email:


Add your family's First World War stories to the Carved in Stone archive.

Did any of your relatives live in Merton during the First World War?

As part of the Carved in Stone project, we have staged a series of War Story Days where volunteers have filmed short interviews with Merton residents whose relatives fought in the First World War, or supported the local war effort. These have been used to produce a range of web resources, school packs and exhibitions. There is still time to add your family stories to our collection, so if you have information that you would like to share, or wartime memorabilia that we can record for posterity, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to be interviewed, please contact:

Merton Local Studies Centre. Tel. 020 8545 4038/3239. Email:

For more information about the Carved in Stone project, visit