Lambeth Heritage Festival

The Lambeth Heritage Festival is back in September with more exciting events than ever. Thoughout the month there will be events all around the borough celebrating our great local heritage. There are many in and around Brixton being put on by us and other groups. The Local History Fair will be on Saturday 2nd in […]

Stockwell Brewery

The latest article on our Local History page is by John Sheridan and tells the story of Stockwell Brewery. Find it here.

Local History Walks are Back!

We are expecting to be able to run a full programme of walks from the beginning of April this year. Deatils of our walks and how to book are on our Events page, here. Other walks in Lambeth may be found alongside ours in a leaflet produced by the Lambeth Local History Forum.


Once again, the Lambeth Heritage Festival will run throughout Lambeth, throughout September. See the full programme here: As usual, it includes many events in, or near, Brixton; and the Brixton Society will have a stall at the Local History Fair on 4 September in St Mark’s Kennington church. After last-year’s online-only offering, this year’s Lambeth […]

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: 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 drinking 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 […]