Travel Back to Wandsworth’s Past

At the ninth annual Heritage Festival from May 26 to June 10

Wandsworth Heritage Festival
Above: A 1960s funfair in Battersea Park

The 2018 Wandsworth Heritage Festival celebrates the borough's open spaces and features walks, workshops, exhibitions and talks including one about the wartime MI5 London Reception Centre on Wandsworth Common.

Highlights include: 
• A talk on the life and times of Tooting jazz pioneer Sadie Crawford
• A scything taster session
• A talk on the wartime MI5 London Reception Centre on Wandsworth Common
• Art and photography workshops
• A talk and workshop on textile printing in the Wandle Valley
• Talks on growing up in wartime Battersea, Thomas Cromwell in Putney, the story of Tooting Bec Lido and pets in the lives of 20th Century Londoners
• Family drop-in sessions on local history and family art
• A guided walk on the notable graves at Putney Vale Cemetery
• An open weekend at the Wandsworth Prison Museum
• Several walks exploring some of Wandsworth’s most appealing parks and gardens.

Many local groups and societies help to document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage and the festival provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work and recruit new members. 

The festival is organised by charitable social enterprise GLL, which runs library and heritage services on behalf of Wandsworth Council. 

See full details of what’s on. Copies of the programme are also available from local libraries and other public buildings in Wandsworth.

You can also view the Heritage Service's online archive catalogue, at



May 14, 2018