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Groundwork London is working with the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme to make a short film on the forthcoming improvement works taking place at Merton Priory Chapter House.

The Chapter House is situated on the banks of the River Wandle, under the A24, in Merton near the Sainsbury’s Superstore. 900 years ago it was one of the largest and most influential Augustinian monasteries in the south of England. The physical works that are due to get underway in Autumn 2015 will see a number of improvements made to the Chapter House and will enhance the visitor experience with a new educational and events space.

Groundwork London are looking for a small team of volunteers to conduct interviews with key people involved and film and photograph Merton Priory Chapter House. The volunteers will play a key role in supporting the production of a short film we are making about the history about Merton Priory Chapter House and the local area. The improvements are due to take place between June 2015 and September 2016. Volunteers would be needed throughout this time period, on average 2 to 5 hours a week, however this may not be every week.

Rupal Shah, Groundwork Project Manager said: ‘The Chapter House has a rich medieval history and more recently was associated with ground breaking designers and textile manufacturers including William Morris and Liberty & Co in the late 18th century and early 19th century. This project will enable more people to discover the building and the area’s rich history. Volunteering with us is fantastic opportunity to gain new skills, learn more about Merton Priory and help shape this unique local history project’.

Volunteers don’t need any previous experience, an interest in local history and lots of enthusiasm is all that’s needed. However having research skills or experience in film making or working on community arts projects would be very welcome.

May 11, 2015

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Phone – 07913 604 360