The rich history of the borough is set to be unveiled during the very first Wandsworth Heritage Festival.
Throughout June a series of locally held talks and events will tell the story of the towns and villages which make up Wandsworth.
The festival opens at Battersea Library on 1 June at 7.30pm with the launch of the Council’s 2009-2012 Heritage Strategy and a fascinating talk on the early 20th century roller skating boom and its local connections.
Many local groups and societies document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage and the Festival provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work and recruit new members.
Residents are invited to download a copy of the full festival programme and put some dates in their diary. Copies are also available from local libraries and other public buildings.
Festival highlights include a Local History Open Day on 6 June when local historical societies and amenity groups will be at Putney Library to talk about their work and explain how other residents can get involved.
Residents can also join Sean Creighton on a guided walk around Wandsworth Town Centre called Brewery to Gasworks’. Tickets cost £5 - see programme for details.
Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky is inviting residents to discover Wandsworth’s hidden riverside treasures on a walking tour entitled Watery Battersea. The tour ends at St Mary’s Church, which is opening specially for an introductory talk and organ recital.
Other highlights include a talk on an 18th century poker tournament, a war graves walk highlighting some of the 599 British and Commonwealth War Graves in Wandsworth Cemetery and alfresco shopping at the Lavender Hill Festival.
Wandsworth Council’s Heritage Service is inviting residents to view the local history and archives collection located on the first floor of Battersea Library. The search room is open for visitors and the council’s Heritage staff can provide help with enquiries on local and family history. A wide range of material is available - from books and local newspapers on microfilm, to maps, original archives and photographs. For more information call (020) 8871 7753 or email email@example.com
For a copy of the full Wandsworth Heritage Festival Programme click here
Date posted: 30 May 2009