Architecture and the Asylum – Stories from Springfield Hospital

Picture of Psychiatric Hospital Ward

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.

Wandsworth Heritage Service History Event At Tooting Library Next Tuesday 14th August

2-5pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543

Time Travellers

A living history event with the Wandsworth Heritage Service.

Find out what life might have been like in Tooting. Play with real archive toys from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s (leant to us by Wandsworth museum). Try out street games your grandparents might have played.

Tooting Library is at 75 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9PD.

Sadie Crawford Blue Plaque To Be Unveiled In Fountain Road

Sadie Crawford, Tooting-born jazz musician will be celebrated on Saturday with a plaque unveiling on Fountain Road. The youngest of seven children, Sadie was born Louisa Harriet Marshall  on 27 December 1885.  She became a jazz saxophonist and dancer and toured throughout Europe. In 1930, she moved to the US. The unveiling, organised by Summerstown182,  will be at 2pm, followed by a jazz parade to St. Mary’s Church, Summerstown. More details of Sadie Crawford here.

Poster For Sadie Crawford plaque unveiling

Balham To Tooting Bec Trail Evening Walk: Tuesday June 19th

Join Neighbourhoodnetworks.sw17 on the Balham to Tooting Bec Trail on Tuesday June 19th at 6.45 pm 

Download the podcast – bring your headphones and enjoy this interactive local walk.

 Meet us outside Irene House (next to St Mary’s church, by Balham Tube Station). Stop at the Wheatsheaf (or you can go on back to Balham to finish the trail)

 Podcast; access from or complete-trail or on iTunes

We wil have the maps or pick up at local shops or Balham library. #balhamtootingtrail on Instagram and Twitter

Image for promoting Balham To Tooting Bec Trail