Lambeth Heritage Festival September 2018

7 September 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

The second week of Lambeth’s month-long Heritage Festival highlights the country roots, circus and music hall, social housing and multicultural aspects of Lambeth’s history – and much more.

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Lambeth’s Heritage Festival is bigger than ever this September, with over 90 events. We’ve everything from 200 years of theatre to key sites in the history of Black music; from the 70th anniversaries of the NHS and Windrush to the history of the circus. The Festival sets out to open up history and make it relevant now. Lambeth Archives has worked with the Lambeth Local History Forum to put together a rich and innovative programme with regular contributors and new partners.

Highlights of week two include

Sunday 9 September

Brixton Windmill Tours – Visit this wonderful reminder of Brixton’s rural past. Book in advance for 30-minute tour to the top or just turn up for a shorter guided tour from 2pm. Also on Saturday 8  Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September

Monday 10 September

Lambeth Palace Library – rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library, hear about the history of its collections, and its work today, and view items from the archives. Booking essential. Tours also Friday 14 & Monday 17 September

Wednesday 12 September

“Respectable Tenants Wanted” – In 1902 the Peabody Estate in Rosendale Road opened to its first tenants. Built away from smoky central London, near Brockwell Park, it was a pioneering venture in social housing.

Friday 14 September

To commemorate circus beginning in Lambeth 250 years ago, Charlie Holland, (formerly National Centre for Circus Arts) recounts the story of the Craggs of Kennington Road, the greatest acrobats of Victorian and Edwardian times. With magic lantern slides and early film. Booking via the Cinema Museum.

 Saturday 15 September

Poles in South London, Streatham Library – uncover community history, from WW2 until today with local residents  and  Polish artists. – illustrations, photographic portraits and workshops for all ages. Organised by Poles Connect and Stockwell Partnership in collaboration   with   the   Polish   Cultural Institute and Polish Embassy in London.


More information

  • For a full festival guide day by day or by theme, ask at your local library or get a downloadable guide from our information pages
  • Sponsors the Walcot Foundation make change happen for those affected by modern-day poverty and disadvantage in Lambeth. See how we’ve invested in long-term change er 10 years on our website
  • Lambeth Archives collects and preserves historic records relating to Lambeth and its people. Visit in person or online to trace family history, your home, how your neighbourhood has grown. Email the archives. Search photos from Lambeth Archives by time, place or subject on our images pages
  • The Lambeth Local History Forum is the umbrella body for local history and amenity societies. It runs the South London Summer Walks programme and works with Lambeth Archives to promote the history and heritage of the borough. See our information pages.