Care to help honour Lambeth’s dead of the First World War?

There’s an hour-long get-together at Lambeth Archives on Tuesday 13 March, kick-off 6pm, on what you can do to help restore, research and display some long-unseen Victorian and early 20th century memorials. They came from churches demolished in the 1980s and have languished in the basement of the Carnegie Library ever since. Now there’s Heritage Lottery Fund to help you put that right.

Here Jon Newman of Lambeth Archives describes what’s involved.

An invitation to get involved in a local heritage project

The Friends of Carnegie Library and Lambeth Archives are working as partners on an important Heritage Lottery funded project to restore, research the history of and display a collection of Victorian and early 20th century stone and brass memorials, including two First World war memorials. Salvaged from the demolished churches of St Saviour’s Herne Hill and All Saints South Lambeth in the early 1980s, these have languished in the basement of Carnegie Library for over 35 years – until now!

Join us at Lambeth Archives in Minet Road on Tuesday 13 March at 6–7pm for an introductory workshop where we will be explaining how the project will work, showing some of the memorials and talking about the training and volunteering opportunities that the project will offer.

These will include:

  • Learning about conservation science chemistry and brass and stone restoration
  • Journalism and web design
  • Marketing and promotion using social media and print
  • Curating, mounting and showcasing an exhibition
  • Archive skills
  • Historical research and writing

Working with the City and Guilds Art School in Kennington and with a local restoration specialist, the project aims to fully restore these forgotten artefacts, to create an exhibition to showcase them in the centenary year of the end of the First World War, and to publish a book about the history behind the individual memorials.

If you are interested in finding out more then there is no need to RSVP, just turn up at Lambeth Archives.

A special project working with St Saviour’s Primary School, Herne Hill, led by Lambeth Archives and the Friends of Carnegie Library is working to restore 24 memorials to local people that have been lost to view for over 30 years.

Read more about the linked project we have already started with St Saviour’s primary school in Herne Hill.

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