Explore The History Of The Local Press

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 26 months ago
Explore The History Of The Local Press
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An advert on Walworth Road. Photo by Glen.

150 years ago, Queen Victoria was on the throne and Viscount Palmerston was Prime Minister. 1865 was also the year that South London Press was born. The independently owned publishing company is still going strong, and celebrates its anniversary this month with local events to mark the occasion.

Shujaul Azam, assistant editor at SLP and journalist Steve Donnelly team up to run a public workshop on 15 September about the local press, and how valuable it can be, particularly for historical research.

There's a further chance to meet the SLP team and find out what they do at Lambeth Archives Open Day on 26 September. You can also see history day-to-day as it was reported 100 years ago and 50 years ago in the South London Press office window on Streatham High Road until 30 September.

These events are part of Lambeth Heritage Festival, a celebration of all things Lambeth, from the River Effra, to memories of Herne Hill. There's a talk about black Georgians in London, a silent film screening and an evening of Portuguese wine.  

Lambeth itself turns 50 this year (as do all the London boroughs) and this is celebrated with a guided walk on 11 September with Lambeth archivist Len Reilly that will visit some of the area's notable sites.

Lambeth Heritage Festival runs until 5 October. Most events are free, but some require booking. See full programme.

Last Updated 03 September 2015