Heritage and Local Studies Centre events

Current exhibitions

Out With the Old…

To mark the new year, this exhibition uses images from the Merton Memories collection to consider the concept of “new-ness.”

Displays cover a variety of topics from new life and new shoes, to new homes, new schools and new fashions – showing how the borough has changed over the past 100 years.

Till 16 March 2019, Merton Heritage Centre

Pollards Particulars.

This small display reveals more about the history of Pollards Hill, from the origins of the name, its rural past and Tudor associations, to the creation of the Pollards Hill estate and the development of local facilities.

Till  16 March 2019, Merton Heritage Centre

At the Going Down of the Sun...

Following the First World War centenary, we have produced this simple display to highlight the names of some 2000 local combatants who died during the conflict. Seeing their names shown together in one place is highly emotive and shows what an impact the war must have had on the Merton community.

These were not just names carved on a memorial  - to local people they were much-loved fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, friends and sweethearts. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and we are proud to honour their memory.

Till April 2019, Merton Heritage centre


Merton Heritage Discovery Day 2019

Saturday 11 May, 12.30 – 4.30pm, Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre

The biggest event in Merton’s heritage calendar, our popular Discovery Day is an annual showcase for the borough’s rich and colourful past. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with activities for all ages.

The programme for the day will include exhibitions, heritage workshops, children’s craft activities, competitions, bitesize local history talks and outdoor cinema from the London Screen Archives.

There will also be a chance to visit the popular Heritage Marketplace, featuring stalls from Merton’s many museums, visitor attractions, local history and community groups.

Whether you want to know more about your area, are looking for volunteering opportunities, souvenirs, or just a fun day out, the Discovery Day promises something for everyone.

Full details of the Discovery Day itinerary will be available from the beginning of April. You can also call Merton Heritage Centre for more information or email local.studies@merton.gov.uk

Marking 25 years of Merton Heritage.

2019 marks the silver Jubilee of Merton Heritage Centre, which opened on 23 April 1994. To celebrate this landmark anniversary we will be staging a varied programme of activities between May and December 2019.

Details of Merton25 are still being finalised but during the course of this year you can look forward to touring exhibitions, a Heritage craft fair, volunteer reunions, special lunchtime learning sessions, guided walks, local history talks, drama, art displays and reminiscence sessions.

Our anniversary events listing will be available from mid March.  You can also contact Merton Heritage Centre for more details.

West Barnes Local History Group.

Merton Heritage Centre organises monthly talks at West Barnes Library .These are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12 noon.  

West Barnes Local History group programme 

Admission to the West Barnes local history talks is FREE.

Add your family's First World War stories to the Carved in Stone archive.

Did any of your relatives live in Merton during the First World War?

As part of the  Carved in Stone project , we have staged a series of  War Story Days  where volunteers have filmed short interviews with Merton residents whose relatives fought in the First World War, or supported the local war effort. These have been used to produce a range of web resources, school packs and exhibitions. There is still time to add your family stories to our collection, so if you have information that you would like to share, or wartime memorabilia that we can record for posterity, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to be interviewed, please contact:

Merton Local Studies Centre. Tel. 020 8545 3239.  Email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

For more information about the Carved in Stone project, visit www.merton.gov.uk/carvedinstone