Heritage and Local Studies Centre events

Current exhibitions

All the Fun of the Fair

From 24 July - 31 August
The story of Mitcham's historic fair from its Tudor origins, to the present day.

Riverside Views

From 3 - 28 September
The history of key properties along the River Wandle, from grand mansions, to humble mills and cottages.


Lunchtime Learning Sessions

Keen to learn but short on time? Join our free lunchtime sessions for a bitesize introduction to Merton’s history and the chance to
view historic documents and objects from the Merton heritage collection.
Sessions will run from June to December on the second Thursday of each month, 12-12.30pm. No booking required.

12 September: Literary Merton
10 October: Lord Nelson in Merton
14 November: Merton in World War II
12 December: Wimbledon Theatre


A River Runs Through It: The Wandle and Local Heritage

Thursday 26 September 10.30 - 12 noon, Wimbledon Library

Wimbledon Library: From Queen Victoria to Jah Wobble

Friday 11 October, 10.30 - 12 noon, Wimbledon Library

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.  Check  here Merton25 full programme

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