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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

Wish You Were Here : Postcards of Mitcham from the Merton Heritage Collection.

2nd floor, Morden Library.

This small display features just some of the wonderful postcards in the Merton collection and shows how the Mitcham area has changed over the past century. Topics include sports and industry, street scenes, pubs, housing and local events.


Famous Graves in Mitcham Parish Churchyard.

The churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Mitcham features some striking examples of funerary art and holds the graves of an amazing variety of former residents. These range from aristocrats and politicians, to artists, sportsmen, philanthropists and local characters.

This small display will illustrate some of the notable graves and reveal the life stories of those buried in the churchyard.



Commemorating 100 years of Votes for Women.

2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. This ground-breaking piece of legislation not only extended the vote to all men aged 21 but also gave British women parliamentary voting rights for the first time ( albeit limited to women aged 30 and over. Equal voting rights were finally granted in 1928. )

To mark this historic event, Merton Heritage Service will be working with local museums, historical societies and suffrage experts to stage a full programme of commemorative events. Full details will be published in due course.


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. 

17 April:

The Work of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership.

Find out about the many environmental and heritage initiatives organised by the partnership, which is dedicated to raising awareness and increasing access to the River Wandle and the Wandle Valley.

15 May:

1988 - A Year to Remember.

To mark 30 years since Wimbledon F C won the F A Cup, this illustrated talk by Sarah Gould will look at key events of 1988, including the Dons journey into football history.

19 June:

** Talk to be confirmed.

17 July:

The History of Croydon Airport.

The airport boasts a fascinating history from its origins in World War 1 and the development of luxury passenger air travel during the 1930s, to its role as an RAF airfield in the 1940s and its current use as a popular visitor attraction. Discover more at this talk by Peter Skinner of Croydon Airport Society.

21 August:

The Human Face of War.

This illustrated talk by Sarah Gould will look at the life stories of Merton's First World War combatants, using material gathered for the Carved in Stone project.

18 September:

Reminiscences of Old Merton.

Using readings from the work of local resident, W. Chamberlain, Heritage Officer Sarah Gould will offer an insight into life in Merton during the 19th century.

16 October:

Women's Suffrage in Merton.

To mark 100 years since UK women were granted the vote, this illustrated talk by Sarah Gould will focus on the women's suffrage campaign in Merton and the role of local suffragettes such as Rose Lamartine Yates.

20 November:

World War 1: Forget-me-not.

In this colourful session, Michael Norman-Smith will use historical information, contemporary songs, poems and literature to mark the end of the First World War.


There will be no talk in December. 

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 3239.                                                          Email:

For more information about the Carved in Stone project, visit