Combination of outdoor and online events ensures event is accessible to all
The Stephens family in their Ravenslea Road home, 1910
The Wandsworth Heritage Festival starts on May 29, and this year to make sure it is accessible to everyone events will be either outdoors on online.
The festival will consist of a combination of guided local history walks and a series of on-line talks both live and pre-recorded.
The theme for 2021 is Home, reflecting the fact that home a place in which all of us have spent a great deal of time over the past year. Many events need to be booked in advance.
The events have been organised by the many local groups, societies and individuals who help to document and protect Wandsworth’s heritage. The festival provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work and recruit new members.
The festival is run by the Wandsworth Heritage Service, part of GLL which runs library and heritage services on behalf of Wandsworth Council.
There will be guided walks of:
Roehampton House, 1870
There will be live online talks about the Totterdown Fields Estate, inspirational local women, 18th century houses and their occupants, sites associated with Caroline Ganley CBE, the Battersea Riverside and the transformation of the Springfield Hospital site.
The Black Heroes Foundation will host a weekly workshop to sing, dance and learn about our heroes, and will give two online performances of music, dance and drama.
There are also several pre-recorded talks available via You Tube and online self-guided walks from the Putney Society and Summerstown182.
Online children’s activities include a workshop on how what we dig up from the ground can teach us about local history, a talk and craft session on the Great Fire of London, craft sessions on bugs and paper dolls and a Wombles story time.
Speke Road, Battersea
Cabinet member for Community Services and Open Spaces, Cllr Steffi Sutters, said: “The pandemic has shown how important our homes and communities are to us so do take a look at what is an impressive list of events this year. They can all be enjoyed safely and tell us so much about the history of our borough.”
See full details of what's on. Copies of the Festival programme are also available from local libraries.
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May 21, 2021