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Heritage and Local Studies Events - Merton

Heritage and Local Studies Events

Current Exhibitions

Memories of Merton.

Till 22 July 2017. Merton Heritage Centre, 2nd floor, Morden Library

Whether you are a Merton resident, love local history or are just keen on nostalgia, this exhibition should raise a smile. It teams photographs from the Merton Memories collection with extracts from the reminiscences of local people and covers a variety of themes. These include family life, schooldays, local events, toys and pastimes and memories of World War II.

To Us it was Like Paradise...

Till 22 July 2017. 

To accompany our main exhibition, we are are also showing displays charting the history and development of the St. Helier Estate, a vast housing development started during the late 1920s. Discover more about the origins of the estate, the choice of site and the female politician who was a driving force behind its creation. 

The exhibition covers many different aspects of life on the estate from shops and pubs, to local churches, entertainment and famous associations.

Faith, Hope and Charity....

Till 22 July.

This small temporary display reveals more about the borough's many places of worship. It includes Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, local mosques, Hindu temples, synagogues and Merton's links to the Rastafarian faith.


Game, Set and Match.  

Morden Library, Saturday 1 July, 12.30 - 4.30. Admission FREE.

To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the annual Wimbledon tennis championships, Merton Heritage Service is staging a special family friendly event.

Between 12.30 and 1.30, young tennis enthusiasts can join us for children's crafts - make a special tennis picture frame, an indoor tennis game or design an outfit for a ball boy or girl and win a prize.

1.30 - 2.30 - Heritage Officer, Sarah Gould, will give an illustrated talk about the history of Wimbledon tennis.

2.30 - 3.30 - Join us for afternoon tea and share your tennis memories.

3.30 - 4.15: Test your knowledge of Wimbledon tennis with our tie-breaker quiz. Prizes for the highest scores.

A range of themed displays and memorabilia will also be on show and you can also find out more about the "Tennis for Free" project.

For more information or to book a place, call 020 8545 3239/4040 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 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