Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre

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Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre tells the story of Merton and its people through a changing programme of exhibitions and events. The Centre also provides access to a wide range of local history resources from maps and photographs, to period newspapers, the census and a large collection of genealogical material. Educational services are provided for schools and community groups including talks, resource boxes and project advice. A local history enquiry service is also available and the Centre has a small shop selling lassorted local history books, maps and postcards.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Open Monday to Friday: 9.30 - 7.00; Saturday 9.30 - 5.00

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges

FREE admission
Charges may be required for participation in some events

Getting there

By Tube: The Heritage Centre is part of Merton Civic Centre, a 2 minute walk from Morden Underground Station on the Northern Line ( Turn right on exiting the station )

By bus: The following buses stop near Morden Underground Station, 2 minutes walking distance from Merton Civic Centre:
80, 93, 118, 154, 157, 163, 164, 201, 493, 413, 470, K5

By tram: Nearest stop is Phipps Bridge followed by 8 min walk ( through Morden Hall Park, cross Morden Hall Road and walk down Aberconway Road to reach Merton Civic Centre. )

Alternatively use Morden South tram stop and take a 10 minute walk down Morden Road, turning right into London Road to reach Merton Civic Centre

Additional info

The Heritage and Local Studies Centre is on the 2nd floor of Morden Library at Merton Civic Centre. The floor can be accessed by stairs, or lift. In addition to exhibitions, visitors can also make use of a range of historical documents, genealogical material, reader-printers, free wifi and the Ancestry website. Toilets are situated on the first floor of Morden Library and the Civic Centre cafe is open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

The centre collections cover a variety of social history themes related to the London Borough of Merton, from period artefacts and local industry, to sports and archival material - poor rate books, local authority records, etc.

Collection details

Archives, Social History

Getting there

By Tube: The Heritage Centre is part of Merton Civic Centre, a 2 minute walk from Morden Underground Station on the Northern Line ( Turn right on exiting the station )

By bus: The following buses stop near Morden Underground Station, 2 minutes walking distance from Merton Civic Centre:
80, 93, 118, 154, 157, 163, 164, 201, 493, 413, 470, K5

By tram: Nearest stop is Phipps Bridge followed by 8 min walk ( through Morden Hall Park, cross Morden Hall Road and walk down Aberconway Road to reach Merton Civic Centre. )

Alternatively use Morden South tram stop and take a 10 minute walk down Morden Road, turning right into London Road to reach Merton Civic Centre

Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre
2nd floor, Morden Library
Merton Civic Centre
London Rd
Morden
Surrey
SM4 5DX
England

Website

Produced as part of a First World War centenary project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this site offers unprecedented access to a range of resources about Merton's wartime history. These include profiles of combatants commemorated on local war memorials and Commonwealth war graves, details of life in the Home Front and digitised records from Merton Heritage Centre and project partners. Visitors to the site can also access filmed interviews with the descendants of wartime combatants, plus Heritage trails showing sites with First World War associations.

www.merton.gov.uk/carvedinstone

Produced as part of a Heritage Lottery project, this website provides access to 15,000 images of Merton dating from 1869 through to the present day. The collection also includes some earlier sketches, prints and watercolours. Visitors to the site can use simple or advanced search options to find images. Material can also be browsed by location or collection. Volunteers and heritage staff are in the process of adding further images and historical information to the site and we are always happy to hear from people who may have other Merton images for addition to the Merton Memories collection.

www.merton.gov.uk/memories

E-mail

local.studies@merton.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8545 3239

Fax

020 8640 7266

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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