The old Lambeth Workhouse where Charlie Chaplin spent some of his childhood has been home to The Cinema Museum for 20 years.

Despite numerous attempts to buy the building over the years and promises in writing from SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) that they would sell it to the Museum for a fair and independent price, they sold to developers (a company called Anthology – now called Lifestory), telling them our lease expired in March 2018, implying we can be easily evicted. Lifestory promised they would agree sustainable terms of ownership with The Cinema Museum by May 2018. However, we still remain on a short lease, due to expire on the 9th March 2020. We are calling out to Anthology/Lifestory; Lambeth Council; the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to work with The Cinema Museum and the local community to secure an appropriate and sustainable future for the site that will not result in the demise of the Museum.

Please help us to save the this wonderful collection by signing the petition at https://www.change.org/p/matthew-patrick-slam-nhs-uk-love-cinema-save-the-cinema-museum; by spreading the word through social media and by donating to our Save The Cinema Museum fund.

Thank you.

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