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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

Till 31 December 2018, Merton Heritage Centre, Morden Library

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly.

This display reveals the history behind some of our popular Christmas traditions, from crackers and decorated trees, to mince pies, Christmas pudding and the ever-popular pantomime.


The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Inspired by the popular Christmas carol, this is a festive display with a difference, highlighting various aspects of Merton Heritage including famous people, industrial heritage, music and wildlife.


Frosts and Festivities.

Images of winter from the Merton Memories collection including snow scenes, winter sports and festive celebrations from yesteryear.


Till 31 December 2018, Merton Heritage Centre

Fearless: The Life of William Allison White VC.

Born in Mitcham, William was a member of the Machine Gun Corps during World War 1. In September 1918 he performed an act of valour that not saved the lives of Allied troops, it also had a direct impact on the success of a British offensive and helped to boost morale.

To mark 100 years since this courageous action, we have staged a small display to reveal more about William's life. 


Till  31 December 2018, 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.



Till 18 December 2018, Merton Heritage Centre, 2nd floor - Morden Library.

Local History Sale.

If you are still looking for that special gift, enjoy history, or just fancy some new reading material, visit the Heritage Centre between now and 18 December for our Christmas sale. We have a wide range of local history books at discounted prices, new titles , historic maps and a selection of small souvenirs.

Our book range covers everything from photographs of bygone Merton, to industrial heritage, suffragettes, local archaeology, the river Wandle, pubs, football history and the reminiscences of local people.

The sale is located on the 2nd floor of Morden Library. Sales hours are:

9.30am – 5pm : Saturday 15  and Monday 16 December

9.30am - 7pm : Tuesday 18 December.

Come along and bag a bargain! A smaller amount of sale stock will also be available at discounted prices until 24 December.


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.


There will be no talk in December. 

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