Merton Council’s Heritage Centre is moving home and joining up with Merton Local Studies Centre to ensure that all residents can make the most of the historical resources, exhibitions and events provided by the two services.
The new Heritage and Local Studies Centre will open on Monday 18 May on the second floor of Morden Library in the council’s civic centre. This will be far easier for Merton residents to reach than the original Heritage Centre at The Canons, Mitcham.
The changes mean the centre will be able to stage many more events and activities for those interested in Merton’s history, including talks, workshops and exhibitions. At the moment the Heritage Centre is only able to open on four days per week but the new Heritage and Local Studies Centre will be open every day apart from Sunday.
Visitors will also be able to take advantage of all the historical documents, maps, old newspapers and genealogical material housed at the Local Studies Centre.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community services Councillor Maurice Groves said: “Merton has an extremely rich heritage and many famous people, including Lord Nelson, have lived here. We want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to find out all about Merton’s history and the new Heritage and Local Studies Centre will mean we will be able to do just that. It will also mean even more people will be able to come and see the Wimbledon Football Club memorabilia we have on display in Morden Library.
“Morden has excellent transport links meaning a much wider range of people from across Merton will be able to reach the new centre easily. As we will be able to draw on some of Morden Library’s resources we will be able to stay open much longer. We will also continue to organise events and school visits at Mitcham Library during the year.”
The existing Heritage Centre at The Canons, Mitcham, will close its doors for the last time on Saturday 2 May. The new Heritage and Local Studies Centre will open at Morden Library on Monday 18 May.