Heritage Festival continues

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2023

The Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2023 continues until June 11, including guided walks, talks, a family drop-in archaeology session and the unveiling of a new Wandsworth Green Plaque. 

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Discover Tooting's musical heritage

Events include.

  • A walk by on Tooting's musical heritage, including The Beatles, Marc Bolan and a recording studio used by reggae artists.
  • A guided tour of the Wandsworth Borough Collection of 14,000 historical objects
  • A film screening on life in and around Wandsworth Common from the 1930s to the 1980s
  • A walk shining a light on the early residents of Keble Street, Tooting
  • A talk on the Victorian mentors of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, including Charles Dickens and Florence Nightingale
  • A tour of the Fitzhugh Estate

Families are invited to find out about the history of where they live with archaeologist Pamela Greenwood at a drop in session at Battersea Library from 1pm-4pm on June 2. Bring anything interesting you have found in the ground. 

The Wandsworth Green Plaque will commemorate the Diederichs Duval family who campaigned for universal suffrage and will be installed at their home in Lavender Sweep on June 9. Green plaques are installed by the council to commemorate important local people and places from Wandsworth's past. 

The festival is organised by Wandsworth Libraries & Heritage Service alongside many local groups and societies.

Cllr Kemi Akinola, cabinet member for the voluntary sector, business engagement and culture, said: “This year we have extended the Wandsworth Heritage Festival to three weeks because so many people want to be part of it.

The festival comes together each year thanks to the local groups who help preserve and celebrate Wandsworth’s history. Their willingness to share their enthusiasm, knowledge, and is crucial and we hope you will support them by attending some of the great events they have planned.”

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