This talk, organised by GLL/Tooting Library, is happening next Tuesday 16th July at Tooting Library from 6pm. You can book free tickets here.
Come visit Tooting Library and learn about the construction and demise of Springfield Hospital with Dr Khaldoon Ahmed!
Psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr Khaldoon Ahmed will take us on a journey of the construction of Asylums in the 19th Century, to their eventual demise to luxury housing.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Khaldoon and a team of volunteers looked at the history of Springfield Hospital, originally built in 1841, now being redeveloped into apartments and new mental health facilities. In this talk he will present his findings, and show a short work-in-progress film about the old psychiatric intensive care unit at Springfield that was demolished last month.
The talk will also include a discussion on architecture and the treatment of mental illness.
Layers of London is a map-based history website. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute their own stories, memories and histories to create a public social history resource about their area.
Come and hear Amy Todd from The Layers of London Project tell us how we can put Tooting on the Layers of London map.
In 1884, a very precise description was published of the boundaries of Tooting Graveney Parish. It details the boundary fields of the Parish,who owned them and what they were being used for. We are retracing the route again in July 2019 and hope to evoke some of the historical landscape of late Victorian Tooting, stopping at the historic buildings and boundary markers on the way.
Tooting Graveney was the smallest parish in Surrey so the walk is approximately 8 miles long. We will be taking a break half-way round and you can join us for the morning or afternoon session or preferably both.
The walk is on Saturday 6th July. We are starting at 10am at Amen Corner at the junction of Mitcham Road and Southcroft Road. We will be taking a break for lunch in Tooting and reconvening at 2pm outside The Selkirk Pub, Selkirk Road (Junction of Fishponds Road) ,SW17 0ES.
Last year we did the walk in baking hot temperatures so bring some water and wear suitable footwear, as they say in all the best walking guides!
Saturday 29th June sees an event to mark the 75th anniversary of a V1 Doodlebug landing on the Heaver Estate.There will be a walk around the estate (1pm), music and refreshments. The event is at Carnie Lodge, accessed from Manville Road SW17 8RF. Further details at the Eventbrite page here