Our monthly meeting on Tuesday November 12th will be about Sindy (the doll) and her genesis. Come and hear David Luff from the Merton Historical Society tell us about the family tree and how she begun life down the road at a toy factory in Merton. We meet at the United Reform Church in Rookstone Road (details here )
Janet Smith will be talking at our October meeting about John Hendry Anderson and his role in building Tooting Bec Lido. The meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th October and held at our usual venue here
As part of the Tooting Common Heritage Project, a special event has been organised at the Fossil Tree on Tooting Common for next Wednesday, 4 September, at 2.00 pm.
Dr Paul Kendrick from the Natural History Museum will talk about the science behind the tree and Janet Smith from The Tooting History Group will give a short account of its history and how it came to be on the Common.
This is a free event – come and join us if you can!
Were you evacuated from London during the war? Do you know someone who was? Next Wednesday, 21st August at 2pm, there is a talk by historian Peter Daniel at The Furzedown Project in Moyser Road about the evacuation of children from London during the Second World War. The Furzedown Project is at 91-93, Moyser Road, SW16 6SJ..
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.