10.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 8th September
Thank you to everyone who came along to Mitcham Heritage Day and helped make the day a great success.
We are still totting up the final figures, but we know that hundreds of visits took place across the participating venues.
People enjoyed exhibitions, guided walks, seeing buildings they’ve not had a chance to see before, and hearing about the great history and heritage of our area.
Below are just some of the things people enjoyed, plus a few photos from the day.
Mitcham Heritage day 2019 will be happening next September – date to be confirmed soon!
- Mitcham Parish Church opened its bell tower, gave guided tours of the historic 6.7 acre graveyard with notable headstones and tombs, and laid on special exhibitions for Mitcham Heritage Day (For King and Country about some of the men commemorated on Mitcham War Memorial, and Mitcham’s Architectural Treasures, showing some of the gems of the area) as well as an exhibition about local benefactor Mary Tate
- Wandle Industrial Museum waived its entry fee for the day and put on a special exhibition, Snapshots of a Bygone Age showing photos from the collection of local photographer Tom Francis as well as other exhibitions, interactive exhibits and working models
- Cricket Green School opened its gates for the day to allow viewing of the Grade II listed 14th Century arch of Hall Place, and set out drawing materials for children to get creative
- Mitcham Cricket Club Pavilion was open for people to take tea on the balcony, view cricketing memorabilia and see a special exhibition 150 Years of Aussies On The Green. There was also a special children’s quiz and a guided tour. Cricket was played too, of course
- Mitcham Methodist Church opened its doors for us to see inside this rare example of a Grade II listed post-war church. The choir sang in the afternoon
- The Canons House and Dovecote, beneficiary of a Lottery grant, offered children’s heritage activities, opened the dovecote (Mitcham’s oldest building), and gave information about the project which will restore the house and landscape over the next four years
- Mitcham Bowling Club, going strong since 1930, was open for people to learn more about the sport, have a go at bowls see the rink and support the club in a match in the afternoon
- The former Three Kings Pub, built in 1928 by a family of music hall artistes and now business premises, put on a special exhibition about its former owners, children could dress up as music hall performers and try their hands at programming
- Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage took people on a guided walk taking in the gems of the conservation area
The full details of everything that took place are on the Mitcham Heritage Day 2018 poster
Want more? Download our self-guided audio tour and take a tour at your leisure.
A big THANK YOU to everyone from the organisations that helped make Mitcham Heritage Day entertaining, informative and enjoyable, especially the volunteers who gave their time freely to plan, prepare and host on the day, and who baked cakes, made tea, staffed a barbecue, set things up, too things down, looked after visitors and generally mucked in.
Special thanks to
- Sarah Gould, Merton Council Heritage & Local Studies, for providing special exhibitions For King and Country, Mitcham’s Architectural Treasures and Snapshots of a Bygone Age.
- Merton Voluntary Sector Small Grants Development Fund for financial support
- The Canons Parks for People project for financial support