Free Craft Classes

Free craft classes are now running in the Tate Library Brixton. The  sessions cover both soft wool knitting, crochet and paper crafts and will develop as instigated by participants. They are suitable for all ages: free and inclusive. They are volunteer-led, supported by the Friends of Tate Library Brixton. They are every Wednesday afternoon from […]

Money for Brixton Streets

Atlantic Road has always been busy, as our Edwardian photo shows. It may at last be improved as Lambeth has been awarded money from Transport for London’s “Liveable Neighbourhoods” fund to transform Atlantic Road “putting people before traffic”. ( On the other side of the railway, Brixton Station Road is set to get a facelift […]

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 […]

Windrush Square Greening Workshop

Friends of Windrush Square (FoWS) and Friends of Tate Library Brixton (FoTLB) join forces to work around Windrush Square and the Library premises behind the railings.  Our volunteers partake in useful workshops that include weeding; litter picking; maintaining planters; and the areas around the famous Brixton Plane Tree and the lovely oak trees by Saltoun […]

Brixton Society Newsletters

Our Newsletters are published quarterly and the most recent was distributed to members by a dedicated team of volunteers in Brixton or by post to members further afield. We also distribute our newsletter electronically by email. Electronic distribution saves us printing (and, in some cases, postage) costs. It also means that members can receive a […]

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and give something back to the community. Two local groups are currently looking for new volunteers and both will provide the necessary training. The Friends of Windmill Gardens is looking for volunteers for a variety of rôles and the number of opportunities will […]

Somerleyton Road update

Archaeological work by Historic England is about to start in Somerleyton Road prior to building works. A copy of the “Written Scheme of Investigation” may be downloaded from here. This gives interesting background information and an outline of the digs that will be undertaken.

Stan & Ollie

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. […]

Quin & Axtens

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 […]

plaque for Archbishop Romero

Archbishop Óscar Romero canonised

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 […]