Hetherington Road Tin Chapel folds

  It was sad at the end of February 2021 to see the long-awaited demise of the Hetherington Road Bible Truth Church of God corrugated iron chapel. This type of pre-pack temporary structure was all the rage in the 1890s, when the Hetherington Road chapel dates from, although according to Wikipedia’s detailed article on Tin […]

Lambeth Heritage Festival 2020

The Lambeth Heritage Festival is happening again this year throughout September. Because of Covid-19 it cannot happen live, but that is not stopping it: this year it will take place exclusively on-line. All events are free; all you need do is request log-in details. The programme is available here: love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-heritage-festival-2020. A number of events are […]

Percy Phillips: Adventures with Electricity

The Friends of Tate Library Brixton will be welcoming local musician and writer Peter Phillips to the library to give a presentation about the life and work of his Grandfather, Percy Phillips on Thursday, 26 March 2020 from 7:00pm

Rotimi’s work in Barbican “Masculinities” exhibition

Browsing through the plaques section on our website, you see a gold plaque at 151 Railton Road – former home of photographer Rotimi Fani- Kayode and his partner Alex Hirst. The Barbican as just opened an exhibition called “Masculinities – Liberation through photography” Some of Rotimi’s pictures are included, along with work from 55 others. […]

Pearl’s a Zinger!

Brixton in the 1970s had a very different atmosphere to now. In one respect we were unique. 103 Railton Road was Pearl’s Shebeen – an unlicensed club for┬ádrinking and dancing patronised by Caribbean gay men. Other regulars came from the gay squats nearby in Railton Road and Mayall Road. Pearl’s shebeen at 103 Railton Road […]

Markets, Megastructures & Motorways

What Brixton might have been turned into had the planners of the time had their way This illustrated talk will be given on Thursday, 12 September at 7:00 pm in the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP Part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival: bit.ly/HeritageFestival2019

Nellie Roberts – Gallery Opening

A new exhibition of the work of local artist Nellie Roberts (1872-1959) will open in the San Mei Gallery, 39a Loughborough Road Sw9 7TB on Thursday 5th September, 6-9 pm.

Local History Fair

Each year the Lambeth Heritage Festival takes places throughout Lambeth, throughout September. A full brochure for the Festival may be downloaded here: bit.ly/HeritageFestival2019. A one day Local History Fair is held as part of the Festival, and this year it is going to be in the Tate Library Brixton on Saturday, 7 September, from 10:15 […]

Layers of London

The Layers of London digital history map of London will be demonstrated in The Tate Library Brixton on Friday, 15th February from 7 to 8 pm (come along at 6.45 for free light refreshments and a prompt start). Learn about this wonderful free resource for anyone interested in London’s history and how you can pin […]