Lambeth Heritage Festival September 2018: Week Three highlights 16 – 22 Sept

14 September 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

Week three of the month-long Lambeth Heritage Festival features 100 years of Black music and 10 years of community film making, music hall stars and social revolution, botany on the Common and tours of some of Lambeth’s most iconic places.

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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 include

Sunday 16 September

Brixton Sound Black Music in Brixton. Walk in the footsteps of musicians who brought jazz to the UK, to the record shop that was headquarters to the British civil rights movement, hear how the sound system changed British music forever. Booking essential.

Sunday 16 September

Special 10th anniversary FREE film making workshop by Clapham Film Unit at Pop Brixton. Come and learn drama, documentary and animation with our friendly tutors. For ages 8 – 80. Limited places.

Monday 17 September

Kennington and the Chartists – Learn more about the legacy of the 1848 campaign for democracy 170 years on at Durning Library.

Monday 17 September

Vesta Tilley and her world. Life of the ‘Burlington Bertie’ music hall star illustrated at Clapham Omnibus.

Thursday 20 September

Backstage Treasure National Theatre tour – scripts, costumes, photos and more guided by the head of the Archive. Booking essential.

Saturday 22 September

Discover what’s growing around you – free Tooting Common Plant Walk with South London Botanical Institute.


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
  • 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.