Wimbledon Film Screening Highlights Life In 20th Century Merton

Archive footage of Merton will be screened at unique event

A free Wimbledon film screening will offer a unique glimpse into 20th century Merton life on Thursday June 22.

For the past three years London’s Screen Archives have been collecting, restoring and screening films across 15 outer London boroughs, of which Merton is one.

The aim is to build up a better picture of London life on film, and preserve it for future generations.

Managed by Film London, London Screen Archives is a unique network of historic film collections holding London’s rich film heritage, from feature films to the tiniest scrap of home movie, with particular strengths in public information films, newsreels, films from industry and business or amateur productions.

Individually, these tell personal stories, of how life has been lived: collectively, they tell bigger stories of changing neighbourhoods, patterns of work, travel, commerce, leisure and governance.

This special screening of 'London: A Bigger Picture - Merton' compiles some of the best films from the collection, and will be accompanied by live music from pianist Neil Brand.

The event takes place from 7.45pm-8.45pm at the Wimbledon Arts Space, Compton Road SW19 7QA on Thursday June 22.

Tickets are available on the door, or in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-a-bigger-picture-merton-tickets-33697237344.

Pictures (top right and below) from in and around Wimbledon, are from Know Your Borough (1951), courtesy of Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre

June 15, 2017