Old WandsworthThe terminus of the Surrey Iron Railway, by Wandsworth Dock, c.1825
The foot of West Hill, looking towards Wandsworth High Street, c.1900
The Hop Pole pub
We meet regularly on the last Friday of the month (but not in August or December) for an illustrated talk on either the history or archaeology of London. We meet at the Friends' Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, SW18, starting at 8.00 pm.
For full details of our forthcoming talks, please click here.
Membership of the Society costs just £10 a year for adults (with concessions) and £3 a year for students. In addition to the programme of talks, benefits of membership are:
The borough of Wandsworth covers 5 town centres:
It also includes Earlsfield, Roehampton and Southfields.
As a small voluntary organisation, we are unable to undertake any research for you.
For any inquiries about the work of the society, please contact the Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In terms of the Wandsworth Historical Society's publications activities this has certainly been an exceptional period. Firstly, the Wandsworth Historian, our journal which for over forty years has reported on the latest research into this area's past, has reached the milestone of its hundredth issue. Click here for details about some of the interesting articles it contains this time around.
Such an achievement is a cause for taking stock. The WHS has been publishing now for a full sixty years, and we have used the moment to update our Index [click here] to provide an easy starting-point for exploring those outstanding six decades of local-history writing.
Finally, the Society has updated its digital archive of all one hundred issues of the Wandsworth Historian (including any associated supplements) and the whole of this rich store of information is now accessible on a single DVD in an easily searchable format [click here]. In order to make it accessible to all history enthusiasts it costs just £5!
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For information on volunteering opportunities email Andrew Harby on
Some background to the project can be found here.
Wandsworth Museum and Battersea Arts Centre are to join forces to create a new centre for culture and history in the heart of Wandsworth.
From March 2015, the Museum team will be based at BACís Grade II* listed building on Lavender Hill, launching a year of exploring ways of interpreting the Museumís collections in a new way. The plan is that the two organisations should fully integrate from spring 2016.
Sue Walker, Director of Wandsworth Museum, said: 'In partnership, we can reach more people than we could do separately; engage them in our historical collections in unexpected and imaginative ways. We hope that this new collaborative model will be able to proceed and inspire other arts and heritage institutions across the country.'
Sheila Allen, Chair of the Friends of Wandsworth Museum, said: ĎThe Museum can at last look forward to a more stable future. Both are institutions we are proud of and together they will create a synergy of mutual benefit and give the community a greater sense of place and heritage.í
Then within days of the Museum moving into its new home at Battersea Arts Centre, staff faced a dramatic and wholly unexpected setback: a major fire broke out on Friday 13 March, sending flames and smoke billowing into the Battersea air, destroying the Grand Hall ... and the Museumís new office.
Although nearly all of the Museumís office equipment and teaching aids were destroyed, thankfully no historic artefacts were lost. Theyíre all being safely stored at the West Hill site. But what of the future? Any display from the Museumís collections has inevitably been put back while the building is refurbished. But, thanks to Michelle Welbourn, the Learning Programme Co-ordinator, the Museum has been able to continue to support local schools through its outreach programme.
The government has pledged £1 million towards the cost of restoring BAC and other substantial donations have come from Battersea Power Station and the general public. You can lend your support by making a donation, however small, to the Phoenix Fund. You will also be helping the Museum to rise again!
In 2013 the Wandsworth Historical Society celebrated 60 years as the leading voice of local history and archaeology in the borough. Our first talk was held on 8 December 1953 when the topic was 'Old Wandsworth and Putney'.
Click here for The Society's Achievements over those 60 years.
The Wandsworth Heritage Service can be contacted at:
265 Lavender Hill,
Tel 020 7223 2334
9am-5pm, Monday, Friday and Saturday
9am-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday
Closed Thursday and Sunday
The Heritage Service has its Archives Catalogue and a selection of historic photos available Online:
Australian war graves in Wandsworth Cemetery on Magdalen Road.
Last site update: 2 October 2015