The film Stan & Ollie, now on general release, is set in Laurel & Hardy’s tour of Britain in 1953-54. At the beginning, they were not to know that this was to be their final tour anywhere. One of their engagements was at the Empress Theatre, Brixton, for the week beginning Monday, 16th November 1953. […]
Our photograph shows the Quin & Axtens building before its 1926/7 rebuild. The “new” building was largely destroyed by wartime bombing in 1941. It was rebuilt from the remaining shell after the war with offices above shops – the building we see today. Now known more prosaically as 414-426 Brixton Road, it is facing another […]
Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador is remembered locally in the name of Romero Close, off Stockwell Road, and in the plaque to his memory installed there. He was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980 and has now been declared a saint by Pope Francis. The plaque is listed with others in our local history […]
Our next event in the Lambeth Heritage Festival programme (bit.ly/2MDaGoM ) is a talk about “Windrush Square” by our Secretary, Alan Piper. It is tomorrow, Thursday 13th September at 7:00 pm in the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road (opposite the Town Hall).
Our latest local history publication is The Tate Library, Brixton. It tells the story of how the library came to be built and the benefactor, Henry Tate, who caused it to happen. For more details, please go to our Publications page.
We will have a stall at this year’s Lambeth Local History Fair on Saturday 1st September. It is being held in the Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW from 10:15 to 4:15. Do come and see us there. There will also be many other stalls; refreshments available; and the Clapham Old Town Fair […]
As part of the ongoing campaign to save the Cinema Museum, they are holding a public meeting to update everyone on developments. It is on the evening of the 3rd September; details here: bit.ly/2w1849T
What is happening in Somerleyton Road? It is almost four years since the short-life housing co-op was evicted from Carlton Mansions as part of the plans for the comprehensive redevelopment of the land between Somerleyton Road and the railway line, from Coldharbour Lane to Somerleyton Passage. What has happened since? In 2015 Lambeth council submitted […]
The London Forum has just published the latest edition of its newsforum available to read or download here. It contains a great deal of news on planning, transport and environmental matters in London.
Some would say that printing made the modern world, which would make the Type Archive one of the most important collections in the area, if not the country; but perhaps it is also one of the least well known. Starting today and continuing until Monday 16 July, it is hosting an exhibition of lettering prints by […]