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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

Till 18 January 2019 2018, Merton Heritage Centre, Morden Library

To Us It Was Paradise...

This photographic display looks at the history of the St.Helier Estate. Topics include the life of Lady Mary St. Helier, construction of the estate, transport links, schools, leisure activities, famous links, life in wartime and the St. Helier Hospital.


Till 25 January 2019, Merton Heritage Centre

Pollards Particulars.

This small display reveals more about the history of Pollards Hill, from the origins of the name, its rural past and Tudor associations, to the creation of the Pollards Hill estate and the development of local facilities. 


Till  11 January 2019, Merton Heritage Centre

At the Going Down of the Sun...

Part of our First World War Centenary programme, this simple display features the names of some 2000 local combatants who died during the conflict. Seeing their names shown together in one place is highly emotive and shows what an impact the war must have had on the Merton community.

These were not just names carved on a memorial  - to local people they were much-loved fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, friends and sweethearts. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and we are proud to honour their memory.



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. 

Admission to the West Barnes local history talks is FREE.

Further details of the 2019 programme will be published in due course but our first talk for the new year will be:

15 January 2019:

Merton Priory : A New Chapter

Discover more about the history of Merton Priory and the latest plans to increase public access to its historic remains at this fascinating talk by John Hawks of Merton Priory Trust.

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 3239.                                                          Email:

For more information about the Carved in Stone project, visit