Get Ready For Lambeth 5th Heritage Festival

Photo: David Tett

“The festival offers the opportunity to explore some of the more unusual places in this amazing borough that we all live or work in and know. This year there will be tours of Lambeth Palace, Brixton Windmill, and Henry Tate’s gardens in Streatham as well as guided walks that uncover very different and parts of our history: the radical history of the South Bank, the ancient ‘village’ of Lambeth, the ‘Front Line’ along Railton Road, Brixton’s history of music hall, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, or John Ruskin’s Herne Hill.You can help celebrateBrockwell Lido’s 80th birthday, visit Brixton’s Chocolate Museum or have your say at Brixton’s Digital Soap Box. Lambeth Heritage Festival really does showcase some of the best things that are taking place in Lambeth…”

Councillor Sonia Winifred

Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Lambeth Council

Lambeth Heritage Festival returns for the fifth time to delve into the exciting history of our borough’s people and places with special talks, walks, films, music, theatre, exhibitions and workshops covering a range of interests. The festival started at the beginning of September and will continue until the end of the month.

There are over 60 events this year. Too many to choose from? Don’t worry – here is our guide to help you decide what to go to…

New Event


Brixton Windmill Talk: The second Annual Windmill Lecture given by a family descendant, recounts the history of the Ashby family that built Brixton Windmill in 1816 and worked there until 1934, their Quaker beliefs and their determination to continue to produce stoneground flour in the face of the industrialisation of flour production in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

27 September, 7.15pm, St Paul’s Community Centre, Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5BZ

Research & Libraries


Documenting Lambeth: Wikipedia Workshop: Come and get practical tips and experience in improving and creating content for Wikipedia…

23 September, 12 pm – 4 pm, Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PN

Culture & Recreation

Brockwell Lido, 1937-2017: 80 Years Young Talk: There is a Lido in Brockwell Park because locals were already swimming in the big lake there from the 1890s. Celebrating the Lido’s 80th birthday, year-round daily swimmer and local historian Peter Bradley looks at 120 years of swimming in Brockwell Park.

25 September, 7 pm, The Lido Café, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA

Hot Chocolate – An Introductory History Talk: An introduction to the history of hot chocolate with a focus on the relations between Britain, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Jamaican cocoa tea will be served…

24 September – 1 October, 3 pm, The Chocolate Museum, 187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA



Dead Bodies Can’t Lie – Poor Yorick: a moving tale of burials at Norwood Cemetery: This talk by Colin Fenn to the Norwood Society delves into the story of the clearing of the churchyard of St George’s Hanover Square, the mass-exhumation of corpses, and their reburial in West Norwood cemetery.

21 September, 7.30pm, Upper Norwood Library, 39-41 Westow Hill, SE19 1T

Architecture & Landscape

250 Years of St Andrew’s Stockwell Talk: By the middle of the 18th century, the good burghers of Stockwell Green were tiring of their long, Sunday journey to the parish church of St Mary, Lambeth. Their solution was to build a Chapel of Ease… An illustrated talk, given by Bill Linskey, a local historian, and resident.

23 September, 2.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Landor Road, Stockwell, SW9 9JE.

Vauxhall: a nice place in the country?A guided walk led by Lambeth archivist, Len Reilly, posing and answering the question, ‘Could Vauxhall have ever been a suburb?’

28 September, 12.30pm, Vauxhall Park, Fentiman Road, SW8


Time-lining the Front Line: Railton Road, aka The Front Line, is an address rich in local historical association. This walking tour, organised by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, looks at the earlier history of the road as well as its association with the 1981 Brixton Riots/Uprising.

23 September, 12.30pm, Meet at the Commercial Gastro Pub, 212 Railton Road SE24 0JT

Local Heroes: The Brixton Local Heroes project is all about celebrating and commemorating local people. This evening event presents a list of suggested names and culminates with a film screening and discussion of recent ‘local heroes’ who have contributed to society through arts, science, entertainment, and politics.

27 September, 7 pm, Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1AS

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