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Heritage Festival starts on 27 May

Photo to accompany this press release The Wandsworth Heritage Festival will be launched at 7pm tomorrow (May 27) with the unveiling of a Green Plaque at the site of the Biograph Cinema in Garratt Lane.

The building, also known as the Spread Eagle assembly rooms, was London’s first licensed cinema. It is next to the Old Courthouse, which now houses Wandsworth Town Library,

The history of Wandsworth will be explored during the festival, which features a series of locally held talks and events telling the story of the towns and villages which make up the borough.

They will provide an opportunity for the local groups and societies that document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage to showcase their work and recruit new members.

Festival highlights include an open day at Wandsworth Prison Museum, a Tooting Town Archive drop-in session and a free introduction to family history sources at Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth Town libraries.

There are also a string of local history walks, displays and lectures at venues around the borough.

For a copy of the full Wandsworth Heritage Festival Programme click here.

Date posted: 26 May 2010