Merton's History In Focus

Funding for new photo history website

An interactive website focusing on the photographic history of Merton is going to be developed, thanks to £50,000 in Lottery funding.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will be making the grant to Merton Borough Council for it to create a site showing images of the area from 1885 onwards.

The project is called: "Merton Memories: a photographic history of the London Borough of Merton" and will start later in the year.

It will be available for the public to use from January 2014, when more than 15,000 images from the Merton Library and Heritage photographic collection, many of which have not previously been made public, will have been scanned and uploaded. 

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: "This exciting project will have major benefits for our local community, as well as letting us see our own borough develop over the last 150 years. Merton residents will be able to work with historic photographs and take an active role in the creation of their local history exhibitions, heritage events and schools resources.

"These images reveal more about the real lives of ordinary people from long ago and will allow us to learn about everything in our borough – from housing and industry, to sport, entertainment, wartime experiences and famous faces connected with Merton. 

"The Merton Memories project will raise awareness of our fascinating past for future generations, revealing the many people, places and events that have helped to shape us into what we are today – a thriving, 21st century borough we can be proud of."

April 1, 2012