Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre

Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre tells the story of Merton and its people through a changing programme of exhibitions and events. The Centre also offers educational services for local schools and adult learners as well as access to a wide range of local history resources.

Location and opening hours

Located on the second floor of Morden Library , Merton Civic Centre.

9.30am to 7.00pm
9.30am to 7.00pm
9.30am to 7.00pm
9.30am to 7.00pm
9.30am to 7.00pm
9.30am to 5.00pm

Discover Merton's Heritage

Our new Discover Merton webpage provides unprecedented access to local history displays, archive film, heritage trails and spotter guides, talks, puzzles, research tips, children’s resources and links to Merton’s many museums, heritage and community groups.

You can also access a range of history page and activities on the Merton Memories website.

Merton Heritage Discovery Day

Saturday 20 August marks the return of this popular FREE annual showcase for Merton's colourful past.

Staged at Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, this year's event promises to be even larger. It includes everything from guided walks and heritage trails, to film screenings, children's crafts, book signings and the chance to meet veteran players from Wimbledon Football Club, or take a selfie with club mascots Haydon and Wandle Womble.

Our talks programme includes sessions on Old Mitcham, the exquisite Jamdani sari, Traveller heritage and a special session by author Nick Manning, who will also be signing copies of his new book about Wimbledon Commoners.

There will also be the opportunity to watch a screening of "Walking Down the Haydons Road," a heart-warming new film charting the unique story of AFC Wimbledon through the memories of fans, players and Club staff.

We will also have an even greater array of stalls from Merton museums, historic sites, artists, sports, heritage and community groups.

See our Discovery Day programme for full details of the event.

PLEASE NOTE:The main event, displays and stalls are open to all.

PRE-BOOKING is required for all talks, films and football photo sessions.

To reserve your space for these activities visit Merton Heritage collection on Eventbrite or Tel. 020 8545 3239/4040

What we hold

Our collection includes local history information on Colliers Wood, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, Pollards Hill, Raynes Park, Wimbledon and West Barnes.

Sources include photographs of historic Merton and its various districts, local maps, electoral registers and trade directories, Council minute and agenda books, a small collection of Merton parish registers (up to 1812), genealogical guides and resources, local biographical resources, a large collection of local history books, articles and ephemera, local history magazines and periodicals as well as specialist collections on Merton Priory, Admiral Lord Nelson, William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Library users can also enjoy free access to the Ancestry website via public computers.

Merton Memory Bank

Discover Merton’s fascinating past using memory boxes featuring a range of objects, images, smells and sounds. Available for use by individual visitors and groups living with dementia. For more information click here.

Carved in Stone

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project looks at Merton during the First World War. Visit the Carved in Stone website to find profiles of local combatants and details of life on the Home Front, from recruitment venues and military hospitals, to the role of women, war charities, the work of local industry and the experiences of refugees.

The project team has also produced resource packs to support the curriculum work of local schools and a fold-out heritage trail, highlighting Merton sites with First World War associations. To learn more about the project and how to access these resources, contact Merton Heritage Centre.

Research and proof of residency

If you have a family history enquiry or would like to know more about the area where you live, Merton Heritage Service offers a local history enquiry service .

We can also provide proof of residency information for customers wishing to obtain discounts on funeral costs.

Talks and exhibitions

A wide range of local history talks and exhibitions on the heritage of Merton are available to community groups, schools and local businesses.

Local history books

Our local history shop sells a large selection of books, postcards and maps on different aspects of Merton's heritage.

Merton Memories

You can discover 100 years of history in 15,000 images on the the Merton Memories website. This Heritage Lottery funded project provides unprecedented access to a unique collection  of historic photographs charting the history of Merton from 1869 to the present day.

Heritage services for schools

Merton Heritage Service offers a range of educational support to local schools from resource box loans and class sessions, to displays and project advice.

Loans and donations

We are happy to hear from anyone who wishes to lend or donate material to our collection.  

Heritage events

Merton Heritage Service offers a range of local history talks, exhibitions, workshops and learning activities throughout the year.

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Contact us

Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre,
2nd floor, Morden Library,
Merton Civic Centre,
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Tel. 020 8545 3239/4038

Getting here

Buses: 80, 93, 118, 154, 157, 163,164, 293, 413, 201 and 470

Nearest Tube and Train: Morden (Northern Line), South Merton Station (ten minute walk), Morden South (ten minute walk). Pay and display car parks are available nearby at Sainsbury's and York Close.