Celebrate Lambeth’s 2023 Heritage Festival

8 September 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth’s Heritage Festival includes talks, music and films to exhibitions, walks and workshops all month long.

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Celebrate Lambeth’s 2023 Heritage Festival

The 2023 Lambeth Heritage Festival organised by Lambeth Archives and the Lambeth Local History Forum is live across the borough all through September.

Once again, there is a rich line-up of over 40 events, representing every aspect of the fantastically diverse history of Lambeth and its communities.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Donatus Anyanwu, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Leisure and Sport said:

“Preserving our heritage and using it to help connect local people with the opportunities and challenges in Lambeth today is something that I am very keen about, and so I am really excited that Lambeth Archives and the Lambeth Local History Forum have put together such a rich and innovative programme.

“I am passionate to ensure that the history of Lambeth’s people and places is shared widely with residents and other Londoners, and is preserved for generations to come. This year there are activities from talks, music and films to exhibitions, walks and workshops, uncovering local secrets and histories known often by few. The Lambeth Heritage Festival really does showcase some of the best things in Lambeth, and I look forward to celebrating our borough and its history with you. Once again, its varied line up and attractive mix of events tries to offer something for everyone and reflect our diverse community.”

Covering the ground

Lambeth’s heritage festival covers just about every geographical perspective: from talks about Charlie Chaplin and Lambeth Music Hall to tales of Victorian gardeners, the Great North Wood and Lambeth’s orchid growers. For the more hands-on, there is a paper-cutting workshop in the National Trust’s smallest (and only Lambeth) property on Wandsworth Road and an urban sketching tour of Brixton.  Alongside a series of Waterloo Cinema walks there is a fantastic opportunity to visit the BFI’s Mediatheque archive for a two-hour exclusive viewing of films about Waterloo and South London.

The Festival offers a chance to explore hidden corners of our extraordinary borough with tours of Brixton Market, St Leonard’s, Streatham’s graveyard, Norwood Cemetery, Kennington Park, Brixton Windmill, Henry Tate’s gardens in Streatham and the Clockworks museum. There are walks exploring nature and culture – a bat walk, botanical walks, walks along underground rivers, looking at Lambeth through the eyes of poet William Blake and walking in the footsteps of the Windrush generation.

More information

Find times and details for all the month’s events online or download the brochure.