I am delighted to welcome you to the Lambeth Heritage Festival, now in its ninth year, which is taking place throughout September. After last year’s online-only festival I am certainly looking forward to getting out and attending some actual events. But for those who still need to shield or who live too far away, there will be plenty of online events to enjoy as well.
Preserving and promoting our heritage, using it to help connect local people with opportunities and to address challenges in Lambeth today is something that I am passionate about, so I am really pleased that Lambeth Archives has once again worked with the Lambeth Local History Forum and many other partners to put together such a rich and innovative programme. It should offer something for everyone, and it clearly reflects our diverse community here in Lambeth.
This year, alongside a wide range of more traditional history, there is Lambeth’s first Muslim history walk, some events put on by the Polish Heritage Project and a great selection of Black history events put together by 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance and other organisers. Once again there are talks, films, exhibitions, walks and workshops covering a whole spread of interests: tours of John’s Waterloo, Brixton Windmill, Henry Tate’s gardens in Streatham, West Norwood cemetery and the Conyers Road pumping station; guided walks uncovering less familiar histories: Clapham’s links with slavery, the story of Stockwell Green, or the herbal heritage of Kennington.
Don’t miss the Lambeth Local History Fair at St Mark’s church Kennington, on Saturday 4 September. There are also opportunities to get reduced entry to some of Lambeth’s museums, like the open afternoons at the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the special exhibition at Van Gogh House.
Once again, Lambeth Heritage Festival showcases some of the best things that are taking place in Lambeth, and I look forward to celebrating our borough with you.
Cllr Sonia Winifred
Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture,