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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

Merton and Morden 1914 - 18.

Till 31 March 2017. Merton Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Morden Library

Produced by volunteers from the Carved in Stone project, this exhibition looks at life on the Home Front, including war work, the role of women, the contribution of local hospitals and industry, plus stories showing the heroism of local combatants. 

A century of change in Lower Morden and Cannon Hill.

25 March - 29 April 2017, Merton Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Morden Library.

Produced by Peter Hopkins of Merton Historical Society, this exhibition shows the transition from a rural community, to a thriving suburban area. Combining photographs, maps and reminiscences, the display covers topics from housing developments, shops, childhood and schooldays, to sports and leisure, wartime experiences and local celebrations.

This exhibition offers a fascinating insight into life in this historic part of Merton.


The Merton Heritage Discovery Day 2017.

First staged in 2014, this popular annual showcase for the borough's rich and varied history, has gone from strength to strength. The 2016 Discovery Day attracted over 1000 visitors in just four hours and this year's event promises to be even bigger.

The Discovery Day will take place at Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre on Saturday 13 May, from 12.30 to 4.30pm. 

The 2017 programme will feature photographic displays, archive film, I T taster sessions and children’s activities including archaeology, block printing and even tambourine music.

Full details of the event can be found in the Discovery Day programme.

Local history talks and workshops will cover topics from Merton Priory and the River Wandle, to Black history, Mitcham Cricket Green, famous Wimbledonians and the St. Helier Estate.

Visitors can also tour the Heritage marketplace which hosts stalls from the borough’s many museums, local history societies, genealogists and community groups.

Admission to the Discovery Day is FREE.

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


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. 

18 April : Speaker - Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service

Common Ground : The heritage of Merton's open spaces.

16 May: Speaker - Gareth Harmer, Southside House, Wimbledon.

The story of Southside House.

20 June: Speaker - Mick Taylor, Wandle Industrial Museum.

Mills of the River Wandle.

18 July: Speaker - David Roe, Merton Historical Society.

The history of Merton pubs and pub signs.

15 August: Speaker - Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service.

All the fun of the fair: Tales of Mitcham Fair.

19 September: Speaker - Michael Norman-Smith, U3A.

The story of Ely's department store, Wimbledon.

17 October: Speaker - Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Service.

Things that go bump in the night : Ghost stories and the paranormal in Merton. 

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