Merton website to look back 150 years

Merton Council has been awarded £50,000 funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop an interactive website featuring the borough’s rich photographic history.

This site will display images of Merton dating back to 1865 up until the present day. Members of the public will be able to add their own images.

The project is called: “Merton Memories: a photographic history of the London Borough of Merton” and will start later in the year. It will be available for the public to use from January 2014, when more than 15,000 images from the Merton Library and Heritage photographic collection, many of which have not previously been made public, will have been scanned and uploaded for all to see.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “This exciting project will have major benefits for our local community, as well as letting us see our own borough develop over the last 150 years. Merton residents will be able to work with historic photographs and take an active role in the creation of their local history exhibitions, heritage events and schools resources.

“These images reveal more about the real lives of ordinary people from long ago and will allow us to learn about everything in our borough – from housing and industry, to sport, entertainment, wartime experiences and famous faces connected with Merton.

“The Merton Memories project will raise awareness of our fascinating past for future generations, revealing the many people, places and events that have helped to shape us into what we are today – a thriving, 21st century borough we can be proud of.”

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Merton’s Heritage Service will also be working closely with a range of heritage organisations including the Merton Historical Society, the Wimbledon Museum, Mitcham Camera Club and various community groups, to provide accurate historical information on the Merton images and offer links to other photographic archives within the borough. As the project develops, the public will also be encouraged to add their own photographs to the online resource. For more information on Merton’s heritage, please visit:
http://www.merton.gov.uk/history-heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every part of the UK’s diverse heritage. HLF has supported 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK. For more information, please visit: http://www.hlf.org.uk.

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Press Contact:
Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654