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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

There's More to Morden.

Till 16 August, 2nd floor, Morden Library

Many people associate Morden as the last stop on the Northern Line, however the area has  rich and varied heritage. This display will reveal more about the history of the area, from Roman roads and snuff production, to the St. Helier Estate, military hospitals and links to the stars of music and the stage.


Collateral Damage.

Till 1 September, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

To honour the victims of war in the century since World War One, the Collateral Damage project is staging free poppy making workshops and displays at local libraries. 

You are invited to make a white textile poppy for addition to our commemorative artwork. Every poppy will be as unique as each human life lost in war. Further poppies can be added throughout the display.


Merton Claims to Fame.

Till 30 June, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

Merton has many claims to fame, from Roman roads and a powerful Medieval Priory, to the world's first publicly owned rail network, one of the oldest cricket grounds, an historic annual fair and links to the history of British film. You can find out more from our latest display.


A Life of Dedication.

Part of our programme to mark 100 years of votes for women, this small display reveals more about the life of Wimbledon suffragette, Rose Lamartine Yates, from her pioneering with with the Cyclist's Touring Club, to her role as Organising Secretary of the Wimbledon Women's Social and Political Union.



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 is working with local museums, historical societies and suffrage experts to stage a full programme of commemorative events.

You can find full details of our events and activities in our Suffrage Centenary Programme.


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 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