Lambeth Heritage Festival 2021 – what's on for 13th-19th Sept 2021 – Brixton Buzz

By Diana Ascher August 29, 2021

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We are already nearly halfway through this year’s Lambeth Heritage Festival but there’s still plenty of events coming up.

Here’s some of the highlights coming up in the next two weeks:

A history of Tulse Hill

Thu 9 Sept at 6:30 pm, in-person at Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ

An illustrated talk by Alan Piper exploring the extensive area between Brockwell Park and Brixton Hill where some landmarks from the early 19th century estate can still be found among later developments.

This event is hosted by the Brixton Society. Book here

Crypt and churchyard tour

Mon 13 Sept, 2.30 pm, in-person at St Leonard’s church, Streatham High Rd, SW16 1HS

Explore the “dead-centre” of Streatham with resident local historian and writer, John Brown. Despite the rebuilds, St Leonard’s church is Streatham’s oldest building and its well-preserved medieval crypt and its churchyard provide a rich history of many of its long-departed residents. Possibly not for the squeamish.

This event is hosted by the Streatham Society. Book here.

Music and Lambeth: a historical review

Mon 13 Sept, 7.00 pm, online

Music plays an important part in many people’s lives, whether as listeners or players, or as singers or dancers. It has been a feature of organised social life though bands, orchestras, organisations’s events and commercial activities, as well as in private homes. Sean Creighton’s talk will present Lambeth’s rich history of music activity, its associations with composers, performers, singers and dancers, and compositions expressly written about it. With extracts from music recordings.

This event is hosted by Lambeth Archives. Book here

How do you move a library?

Tue 14 Sept  1.00 pm online

An online discussion between Giles Mandelbrote (Librarian & Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library), Lara Artemis (Senior Conservator) and Declan Kelly (Director of Information Management for the Church of England). Marking the move of Lambeth Palace Library into a brand-new purpose-built building (opening shortly on Lambeth Palace Road), this event will explore some of the practicalities and challenges of moving some 20km of manuscripts, archives and rare books, with a preview of the new public building and the opportunities it offers for the future.

This event is hosted by Lambeth Palace Library. Book here


Tue 14 Sept 7.00 pm in-person at Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, SE24 0AG

John Ruskin, the best-known and most controversial intellectual of the Victorian age, was an art critic, a social activist, an early environmentalist. He was also a painter, writer, and a determined tastemaker in the fields of architecture and design. By championing JMW Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, he ensured that their flame continued to burn long beyond his death in 1900, even as his own reputation faded. Research for his award-winning book RuskinlandHow John Ruskin Shapes Our World took Financial Times columnist Andrew Hill from Herne Hill to the Lake District, from Venice to Florida’s Gulf Coast, as he traced the influence of Ruskin and his ideas. He will discuss the relevance of Ruskin’s radical ideas today for how we live, work, and see the world.

This in-person event may have to change and take place online;  either way, once you book, you will be notified.

A Friends of Carnegie Library event hosted by Lambeth Libraries. Book Here

Self-publishing your history book

Wed 15 Sept at 7.00 pm online

Naomi Clifford, author of two self-published nonfiction history books with Lambeth connections, shares self-publishing experiences, covering research, preparation of the manuscript, print platforms, crowdfunding, ebooks, marketing and sales.Naomi Clifford’s latest self-published book, Under Fire: The Blitz Diaries of a Volunteer Ambulance Driver, is to be published in September 2021. In 2010 she wrote and published These Were Our Sons: Stories from Stockwell War Memorial. Pen&Sword have published three of her titles. She is a co-editor of and a podcaster for The Door History Podcast.

A Vauxhall History and Friends of Tate South Lambeth event                      hosted by Lambeth libraries.  Book here

Yesterday, Together, Tomorrow: Public and Personal Archives from Brixton

Thu 16 Sept – Sun 17 Oct, in-person at San Mei Gallery, 39a Loughborough Rd, SW9 7TB

Public opening Wed 15 Sept 6.00-8.00 pm.

Reflecting upon these recent times of isolation, where gathering with loved ones or strangers became forbidden, and drawing from the history of the Loughborough Hotel both as a pub and a dancehall, Yesterday, Together, Tomorrow opens a conversation on the act of coming together in public spaces, in Brixton.

This event is hosted by the San Mei Gallery. No booking required.

Loughborough Road histories

Thu 16 Sept at 7.00 pm, in-person at San Mei Gallery, 39a Loughborough Rd, SW9 7TB

Scratch beneath the surface of any street and a fascinating history of people and events will be uncovered. Loughborough Road is no exception. Join Tracey Gregory, for a glimpse into Loughborough Road’s past, through this illustrated talk. Tracey will also be launching her first book, Loughborough Road Histories, published by The Brixton Society, featuring short histories of the emergence of the street, some of its shops, pubs and people. The book will be on sale at the talk.

This event is hosted by the San Mei Gallery. Book here

Penny Lecture: the Waterloo Shot Tower – a biography

Fri 17 Sept 6.00 pm, in-person, at Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd., SE1 7HT

The Shot Tower stood nearly 200 ft tall on the river front by Waterloo Bridge for nearly 140 years until the early 1960s, an unmistakeable and important landmark which featured in the everyday life of Londoners. Yet today it is barely remembered.  In this illustrated talk, Nick Rampley traces the history of this all but forgotten building and of the industries that characterised Lambeth’s riverside, giving particular focus – on the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain – to the role the Tower played in the South Bank exhibition. This is one of Morley College’s Penny Lecture series, part of the college’s history, offering a monthly specialist talk to inspire and entertain for just one penny!

This event is hosted by Morley College. Book here

Clapham, 1807

Sat 18 Sept 2:30 pm, in-person. Meet at the clock tower by Clapham Common station.

Join S.I. Martin on a walk around Clapham Common exploring the area’s important links with Black history in the 18th & 19th centuries. You can expect to encounter African royalty, members of the Clapham Sect, school children from the African Academy and the Black poor along the route.

This is an in person event. No booking required.

Stockwell Green

Sun 19 Sept 2,30 pm, in-person. Meet at Costcutter store,The Quadrant, Stockwell Green, SW9 9JF

A walk led by Bill Linskey around the Stockwell Green area which once had two places of worship, two schools, two breweries and – of course – a village green.

This event is hosted by the Brixton Society. No booking required.

Sowing Roots

Sun 19 Sept 3.00 pm, in-person at Ruskin Park Community Gardens, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8EL

This workshop will introduce a first of its kind oral history project and exhibition based at the Garden Museum that explores the history and culture of Caribbean gardening in South London. How are breadfruit and prickly pear connected to Lambeth? How and why has gardening been important for people who moved here from the Caribbean? Come hear from the project team, as well as taste some fruit and veg!

This event is hosted by the Garden Museum. Book here

ON THESE STREETSan interactive audio  journey

Any day in September, 10.00 am – 10.00 pm, in-person, walk starts from Brixton tube station, Brixton Rd SW9 8HE

ON THESE STREETS is a self-guided walk using a web-app created as a response to the 1981 Uprising. It offers a journey through the streets of Brixton that invites you to bear witness, to interact and to personally respond. Concept and interactive experience by non zero one, with verbatim testimony, new writing from Somalia Nonyé Seaton and new music from Xana that form an immersive audio world.

Event hosted by Brixton House & 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance. Book here

Life and its most trivial particulars

Weds – Sunday, Midday –  6.00 pm, in-person at Van Gogh House, 87 Hackford Rd, SW9 0RE

To celebrate Lambeth Heritage Festival, Lambeth residents can visit Van Gogh House and see Brian Griffiths and Frank Kent’s exhibition created for and installed throughout the house where Van Gogh lived from 1873 -4. Please pre-book and bring proof that you are a Lambeth resident (utility bill or equivalent) to get entrance at reduced rate of £2.50.To purchase special reduced price ticket, click on the full price adult ticket and enter the discount code LAMBETH87 at the checkout.

This paid event is hosted by Van Gogh HouseBook here

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