Over 1000 visitors of all ages flocked to Merton’s third Discovery Day at Morden Library on Saturday.
The packed programme showcased Merton’s rich heritage and also saw the launch of the new Carved in Stone website. This tells the story of Merton during the First World War and was created through the hard work of local volunteers, with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Involving 19 heritage organisations from across the borough, the Heritage Discovery Day featured fascinating talks on conservation and historical figures in Merton. Topics included Capability Brown and Wimbledon Park, Cricket Green and the Canons, plus the Mitcham Military Tribunals held during the Great War. Local children took part in a mini excavation, had a go at stained glass colouring and even had the opportunity to dress up in historical costumes. An exhibition about the St Helier estate also attracted a large number of visitors and can be seen at Merton Heritage Centre on the 2nd floor of Morden Library until 13 July.
Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “I am very proud of Merton’s award-winning library and heritage service and it is wonderful that the dedication and work of so many of our volunteers were rewarded with such a successful event, which attracted so many people. Their hard work has brought many of our fascinating heritage stories to life, to be enjoyed by people now and in the future.”