Merton Discovery Day Is Coming Soon

Local history talks, displays, workshops and children's activities

The annual showcase for Merton's rich and varied history will take place at Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, on Saturday May 13, from 12.30 to 4.30pm.

Last year's Discovery Day attracted over 1,000 visitors in just four hours and this time the event promises to be even bigger.

The programme will feature photographic displays, archive film, IT taster sessions and children’s activities including archaeology, block printing and tambourine music.

A special heritage marketplace will feature stalls and displays supplied by 21 organisations from across the borough. These include Merton museums, local history societies, genealogists, archaeologists and community groups.

There will be open air cinema outside the Civic Centre showing historic films provided by the London Screen Archives.

Inside, visitors can see an exhibition of historic images of bygone Merton. They can also discover a series of family war stories, shared by local people descended from First World War combatants.

Local history talks and workshops will cover topics from Merton Priory and the River Wandle, to Black History, Mitcham Cricket Green, famous Wimbledonians and the St Helier Estate.

April 25, 2017