Wandsworth Heritage Festival starts this Saturday

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Wandsworth Heritage Festival starts this weekend and this year explores the theme Entertaining Wandsworth.

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Music hall stars Harry Tate, Tom Tweedy and Tom Tweedy Jnr

The festival runs until June 9 and there will be daily events highlighting the role entertainment has played in the lives of Wandsworth residents past and present.

The festival’s highlights include

  • A tour of the former Granada Cinema in Tooting
  • A talk on Wandsworth and Battersea’s music halls by local historian Neil Robson
  • A talk by author Pat Heery on the Putney Velodrome
  • A guided walk showing Battersea Park’s role in the 1951 festival of Britain celebrations
  • A literary themed murder mystery staged by Wandsworth’s ever-entertaining librarians
  • A tour, talk, and exhibition at Whitelands College showcasing the wealth of costume and archives the college has collected from 138 years of May Day revels
  • A talk on the history of Putney’s cinemas from local historian Philip Evison
  • A talk from Wandsworth Prison Museum’s curator exploring the role the prison has played in fiction and film
  • A guided walk round Wandsworth Town charting its entertaining past

Additional highlights include a talk at Tara Arts Theatre from Dr Cathy Hunt about the Corruganza factory strike, a guided walk along the course of the Heathwall from historian and writer Jon Newman and a magic show where children can join former Battersea magician and watchmaker John Neville Maskelyne in 19th century Wandsworth for some magic tricks interspersed with weird and wonderful facts from the borough’s history.

Many local groups and societies help to document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage. The festival provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work and recruit new members.

The festival is organised by charitable social enterprise GLL, which runs library and heritage services on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

See full details of what's on. Copies of the Festival programme are also available from local libraries.

The Wandsworth Cycling Club in around 1890