Former Banshees Guitarist Asks For Wimbledon Library Memories

Share your memories for a new video project

A film maker and former Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist is asking for your memories of Wimbledon Library for a new video project ahead of a transformation.

Jon Klein is compiling a video project ahead of the launch of the Merton Arts Space in Wimbledon Library this summer.

The back section of the library is being transformed into a performance and arts space which will host theatre, live music and events in the evenings.

The first of the events are happening this month, with an exciting opening event planned in conjunction with Wimbledon BookFest on Thursday, 26 September. Wimbledon author Jessie Burton, who wrote acclaimed novel The Miniaturist, will be in conversation with journalist Jennifer Cox.

Jon is calling for people who remember the space at the back of Wimbledon Library in its former guise as St Mark’s Hall and Marlborough Hall to come forward.

Historically the building had been used for community performances, and the proscenium arch still remains today.

It was built in 1899 as a church house and was home to St Mark’s Sunday School before it was sold to the Sydney Black Charitable Trust in 1950 to be used for youth work. It was re-named Marlborough Hall.

Arts Council England awarded the council a £62,000 grant to refurbish the space. During the day there will be more space available for people to study in.

By night it will be transformed into a flexible space for performance suitable for seating 250 people or with standing room for 300. It will have a professional lighting rig, sound system and moveable stage.

To submit your memories, email or speak to a member of staff at Wimbledon Library by September 1.

July 11, 2016