Lambeth Libraries and Archives events September 2021


Lambeth Libraries and Archives events September 2021

The restoration of the Nuclear Dawn mural

The restoration of the Nuclear Dawn mural, originally painted by Brian Barnes (second right) is the subject of a film screening at the Ritzy

Library Services from September

Lambeth Libraries are putting in place plans to remove the need for appointments to visit your library. We have kept appointments in place as cases of Covid have been higher in Lambeth than neighbouring boroughs. We are also aware that many of our readers are still very cautious about visiting community settings and appreciate what we have done to keep your library as safe as we can. We hope to remove the need for appointments in early September and we will also be re-introducing many library activities during September and October. Thank you all for your patience during what has been a really difficult time for everyone. We appreciate your support and understanding in keeping all parts of our library community safe.

Lambeth Heritage Festival

If you think you know about the history of Lambeth, then think again. Lambeth Heritage Festival returns this September, bigger than ever with over 55 events catering for a whole spread of interests and heritages. After last-year's online-only offering, the festival this year will offer a mix of events including walks, talks, film screenings and exhibitions - alongside plenty of on-line activity for people who prefer not to venture out.

The festival, which has been organised by Lambeth Archives and the Lambeth Local History Forum, seeks to celebrate the extraordinary history of Lambeth, both recent and older. Most events are free, and the opening event is the welcome return of the Lambeth Local History Fair, which will take place on Saturday 4 September at St Mark's Church, Kennington, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Expect a mix of local society stands, bookstalls, talks and led walks.
There are also opportunities to get reduced entry during the festival to some of Lambeth's more established museums with open afternoons at the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the special exhibition at Van Gogh House. Find out more, download the brochure and start booking your events.

Discover Lambeth's hidden histories this September

Welcome to Lambeth's Annual Heritage Festival with events and activities throughout the month, and throughout the borough... Below are only a small selection of the 55 events happening during the month - for a full programme, download the brochure.

Local Heroes Craft-Connections Banner

Local Heroes Craft-Connections Banner

Thursday 2 September, 6pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking: Email:

Join Brixton Library Craft group presenting and discussing the making and meaning of the Local Heroes textile banner.

Seeing the Woods for the Trees

Seeing the Woods for the Trees

Friday 10 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

The Secret History of Lambeth's Parks and Open Spaces

Music and Lambeth: a historical review. Talk by Sean Creighton

Music and Lambeth a historical review

Monday 13 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Lambeth has a rich history of music activity: associations with composers, performers, singers and dancers, join Sean Creighton to discuss.

RuskinLand with Author Andrew Hill

RuskinLand with Author Andrew Hill

Tuesday 14 September, 7pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Book via Eventbrite

Join author Andrew Hill to discuss the relevance of Ruskin’s radical ideas today for how we live, work, and see the world. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Self-Publishing your History Book with Naomi Clifford

Self-Publishing your History Book with Naomi Clifford

Wednesday 15 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Naomi Clifford, author of two self-published nonfiction history books with Lambeth connections, shares self-publishing tips and experiences.

The Wood that Built London with Author C J Schuler

The Wood that Built London with Author C J Schuler

Monday 20 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Local author C. J. Schüler previews his latest book, The Wood that Built London. Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, he charts the fortunes of the Great North Wood that once covered much of what is now South London.

Radical Lambeth with Author Simon Hannah

Radical Lambeth with Author Simon Hannah

Tuesday 21 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Join Simon Hannah to discuss his newly published book that tells the story of Radical Lambeth, an inner London community that fought back.

Crime and Punishment in Herne Hill

Crime and Punishment in Herne Hill

Monday 27 September, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Join Laurence Marsh and Rebecca Tee from the Herne Hill Society to discuss the murkier side of Herne Hill life (1750 – 1900).

Heritage Festival

Check out the full programme which includes the first Lambeth Muslim History Walk, a celebration of the long presence of Lambeth’s Polish community through the work of a local portrait photographer, and by a children’s event discovering Secret Polish Places in South London. There are many Black History events, from Steve Martin’s Clapham 1807 walk, Kelly Foster’s talk on recent street naming in Lambeth, a screening of the work of local amateur film maker Sam Selven, Windrush drama and a selection of events re-examining the history and legacy of the 1981 Brixton Uprising.

Aspects of Lambeth’s more recent radical past are explored in the screening of a documentary film about the restoration of the ‘Nuclear Dawn’ mural on Coldharbour Lane... and so, so much more. For a full programme, download the brochure.

Other Library Events

Travel Things Museum

Travel Things Museum

Monday 21 September to Saturday 2 October. Visiting hours 11am to 6pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Travel Things Museum (TTM) is a London-based, non-profit organisation focused on travel, culture and discovery. This exhibition consists of curated artefacts presented via a range of analogue and digital media. The show at Brixton Library will display hundreds of diverse exhibits of curiosities from all corners of the world, from a Basothan mokorotlo (a traditional headdress from Lesotho) to an Omani camel muzzle. In addition, the exhibition will present 'Irie in the Sunshine', a special Caribbean showcase of everyday items from Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia.

Lambeth LGBTQ+ book club discuss The Times I Knew I was Gay by Eleanor Crew

The Times I Knew I was Gay

Friday 24 September, 7pm 
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Ellie always knew she was different. Contrary and creative, she wore black, obsessed over Willow in Buffy and somehow never really liked boys. As she grew, so did her fears and a deep sense of unbelonging. From her first communion to her first girlfriend via a swathe of self-denial, awkward encounters and everyday courage, Ellie's journey is told through tender and funny illustrations - a self-portrait sketched out from the heart.

Join Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ reading group to discuss this fantastic Graphic Novel. To collect a copy of the book with your Lambeth library card - contact Colette at

Lambeth Libraries Online Chatterbooks Group

Lambeth Libraries Online Chatterbooks Group

Wednesday 29 September, 4pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

This month we celebrate the work of Roald dahl . Tell us about your favourite Roald Dahl story , character or test your knowledge all Roald Dahl with our quiz.

Join Sandra and Angela for a fun filled afternoon. Ages 8 to 12 Years on Zoom.

For more info: Sandra

Lambeth Online Services still continue...

Libby MagazinesOxford Dictionary of National Biography

Whether its borrowing Books, Audiobooks, Magazines or Comics, we have an amazing amount available for free with your library card. If resources such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is your thing check out our extensive online resources.

From Our Friends

Before Them, We. Exhibition

Before Them, We

Photo Credit: Ruth Sutoyé

Exhibition on until Saturday 18 September. Times: Thursdays - Saturdays, 11:30am to 5pm
Fee: £3 entry. Children under 16 are allowed free entry.
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF

Before Them, We is a multidisciplinary project by artist and cultural producer, Ruth Sutoyé. It explores the lives primarily of grandparents and intergenerational relationships of African descent in the UK, and how we archive and preserve oral histories. The exhibition is curated by Natalie Fiawoo and produced by producer/artist, Ruth Sutoyé, and producer/writer, Tobi Kyeremateng.

The Purpose of Power: An Evening with Alicia Garza

The Purpose of Power: An Evening with Alicia Garza

Wednesday 8 September, 6.30pm 
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite

Join award-winning journalist Nadine Drummond as she discusses Alicia's book The Purpose of Power, the building of the most iconic and influential movement of modern times, Black Lives Matter, and find out how you too can create a movement in your own community.


Free e-book and e-audiobook, magazine and comic downloads

With your library card you can use our e-library for free, just go to When logging in use all letters in your library card number 'LMP'.

We've got thousands of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to download and they're all free. Get the Libby app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 

Libby App

New app for e-books and e-audiobooks

We've moved our digital library from RBdigital to the Libby app. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great e-books and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive.

Kanopy LGBTQ

Fantastic free online resources and free film streaming

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archive and PressReader app (Over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries. Great for catching up on the daily papers from around the world or brushing up on your languages if you are a student), and many more. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply register at Lambeth KanopyTake a look at what's available.

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Landmark is an online showcase of over 14,000 of the best images from Lambeth Archives’ collections of photographs, drawings, prints, watercolours, maps and documents. High quality photographic prints are available. To find out more contact or by Twitter @LambethArchives 

For family history enthusiasts, which is normally only available in the library, can still be accessed from home for the next few months. Log into the Lambeth Libraries Catalogue and find the link on the home page.

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at and contact the library you wish to collect your library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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