Culture 2020

A paper is to go to Lambeth’s cabinet meeting on 12th October 2015 in response to the consultation “Culture 2020”. It is available here.
The headline outcome for the archive is that it is to remain in the Minet Library building while an “options appraisal on the future location of the borough archives is be undertaken and completed no later than September 2016.” The submission of the LLHF is noted in the cabinet report and parts of it are quoted.

Archives Stocktaking Closure

Lambeth Archives will be closed for stocktaking from Monday 26 January to Saturday 7 February 2015 inclusive. The Archives will be unable to deal with personal, telephone or written enquiries during this period. The service will reopen on Monday 9 February 2015.
The Minet lending library will be open as normal during this period.

Third Lambeth Architecure Book Published

Following the great success of Lambeth’s Edwardian Splendours and Lambeth Architecture 1914-1939, the third in the series of books written by Edmund Bird and Fiona Price, Lambeth Architecture A Brave New World 1945-65, has just been published. This 172 page book, lavishly illustrated with photographs by John East, chronicles new building in Lambeth in the first two decades after the Second World War: public, commercial, housing, ecclesiastical and more are all covered. The book is available at Lambeth Archives for £10.

Lambeth Heritage Festival

The programme for the 2014 Lambeth Heritage Festival, which will run throughout the month of September, has just been published. Copies will soon be available in libraries and through many of the members of the Forum. You can also download a pdf version from here.

Lambeth Local History Forum

The next meeting of the Forum will be on Monday, 28 July 2014 starting at 8:00 pm in Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library. This meeting is not open to the public but if there is something you think the Forum should consider, raise it with one of the member organisations (see the Members page).

Pub Protection Seminar

On Saturday 31 May, CAMRA’s Greater London Region will be holding a seminar on pub protection. The venue is the Melton Mowbray, High Holborn, from noon until 5pm. Anyone who cares for London’s pubs and wants to get more involved in saving them is welcome to come along.

Bill Linskey, Chair of the Brixton Society, is one of the guest speakers.

There is no charge but you are requested to register here.

Royal Mail Memorials

To celebrate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Royal Mail has created a searchable database of all known memorials in their care. It is on this website: The site has a very good interactive map showing the location of approximately 300 memorials. Clicking on a location brings up an image of the memorial; another click takes you to a full transcription and details. What makes this particularly valuable is the fact that many of them are in places inaccessible to the general public. For example, the one in the Camberwell Delivery Office is in the staff canteen. There are many more in our borough – do have a look.

Lambeth Heritage Festival 2014

Following the success of the inaugural Lambeth Heritage Festival last year, the Lambeth Local History Forum and Lambeth Archives are pleased to announce that that the Festival will be held again this year. It will again happen during the month of September and will culminate with the Archives Open Day on Saturday 27th September. Naturally, it is likely that many of the Festival events this year will have a World War I theme; but not all. If you have ideas for events, do get in touch with your local society: see our Members page.