Discover Merton’s history at the Heritage Discovery Day

Residents and visitors are invited to a Heritage Discovery Day being hosted by Merton Council on Saturday 12 May. The event runs from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and will take place at Morden Library, which is at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden.

The free event is an opportunity for attendees to discover more about the borough’s vibrant history.

An open air cinema, provided by the London Screen Archives, will be outside the civic centre, showing a range of historical films.

The programme will include footage of Wimbledon suffragettes, to mark 100 years since British women were granted the vote.

Broadway, Wimbledon

On show at the event will be photographic displays about Merton claims to fame, aspects of Morden history and a special feature to mark 30 years since Wimbledon F C won the F.A. Cup.

Children will be welcomed at the event with the chance to take part in block-printing and stained-glass picture making, assisted by staff from Wandle Industrial Museum. Youngsters can also dress up in historic costume, or become Junior Rangers – finding out about wildlife habitats and environmental issues affecting the River Wandle. There will also be a chance for them to win a prize in a colouring competition.

Visitors can also enjoy a series of short history talks which will focus on a variety of subjects from community heritage and Jazz pioneer Sadie Crawford, to Mitcham Cricket Green, Wimbledon tennis and Merton suffragettes.

There will also be a Heritage market place with stalls from the borough’s many museums, heritage attractions and community groups.

Merton Council’s Director of Community and Housing, Hannah Doody, said: “Merton has a very rich and diverse history so it is only right that we recognise this at an event such as the Heritage Discovery Day. It gives us all the opportunity to celebrate our culture and learn more about conservation methods we have used to preserve such important local history.”

A full programme for the day can be found on Merton Council’s website at www.merton.gov.uk/heritage