Aug 292016

The official launch of Vauxhall History, a free online community archive of eyewitness accounts, articles, images and original documents, backed by the Vauxhall Society.

Tuesday September 6th – 7pm (doors open at 6.30)

This is a get-together for anybody interested in Vauxhall Past. Join readers and writers of Vauxhall history and guests who include:

Vauxhall History talk

  • David Coke, author of Vauxhall Gardens: A History. David will talk about the first three Vauxhall Bridges (today’s is the fourth) and a treasure trove of 1815 Vauxhall Bridge Company share certificates that has just come to light.
  • Alex Werner, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London. Alex will go back to Victorian times when the Vauxhall manufacturer Doulton & Company turned from making sewer pipes to fine-art pottery, along the way making of Vauxhall a centre for creative artists, potters and sculptors.
  • Naomi Clifford, whose real-life Regency mystery and tale of Old Kennington, The Disappearance of Maria Glynn, has just been published by Pen & Sword History.

The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will act as host for this event. This library and the Tate Gallery are the gift of a Victorian resident of Streatham, the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. Both are the work of the architect Sidney Smith.

Edith Holtham, chairman of Friends of TSL, has written an account of Lambeth Council’s long history of trying to do away with TSL, a vital community resource, which will be’s September feature.

This event features in this year’s Lambeth Heritage Festival. Details of other events in this month-long festival can be found at

Admission free. Refreshments available

Aug 232016

Michelle Johansen, researcher and writer on Victorian public libraries, tells the forgotten stories of the pioneering generation of public librarians in London – who  helped create the “universities of the people”.

Among these was Frank Burgoyne who managed the newly established public libraries in Lambeth – including Tate Free Library in South Lambeth Road (our beloved Tate South Lambeth Library).

victorian libraries Sep 2016Michelle recounts how the first library managers took charge of their rate-supported institutions and  worked together to refine emerging library systems – arguing bitterly about best practice.

Many of them lived in residential quarters over or alongside their libraries. Most of them had moved to London from outside the city and were isolated from friends and family members. She traces their self-taught backgrounds, early career paths and friendship bonds, and describes their library living quarters.

Wednesday September 14th   7pm (doors open at 6.30)

Admission free. Refreshments available

Aug 102016

Tom Hughes, the new member of staff at Tate South Lambeth, will be running a Beginner’s Drawing Class on Fridays from 10:30am to 12 noon. This will involve drawing from  still-life with pencils and paper. The emphasis will be on basic traditional drawing skills rather than creativity, but the inner artistic genius in everyone usually […]

Aug 102016
Your Library needs YOU

The committee of Friends of TSL will have empty spaces coming up in the next six months, as some members leave the area or take on pressing family or work commitments. So we’re looking for volunteers to: develop and run our programme of talks (in cooperation with the Vauxhall Society) pursue fundraising opportunities run the […]

Aug 102016
Library Forum July 2016

The library forum reports no progress so far on renovation and repair… The public library forum held on July 30th 2016 reported no forward movement on the renovation of the library or the repair of the non-functioning public lavatory. However the head of library services, Susanna Barnes, was able to assure the meeting that some […]

Aug 102016
TSL’s very own carnival

The last Sunday and Monday of August is the date for the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party. Tate South Lambeth Library is to run its own version – a community festival on Saturday August 27th. The Tate Carnival, which runs from 10am to 4pm, will feature: Food and drink Live music Face-painting and […]

Jul 022016

Friends of TSL held their annual general meeting, at the library, on May 18th 2016. The chairman’s annual report highlighted the battle to save the library from Lambeth Council’s plan to convert it into a “healthy living centre” – a fee-paying gym with a small, undefined area dedicated to a few bookshelves, a few computers and […]

May 202016
On the Wings of Love? Fugitive marriage in the Georgian era

Wednesday May 25th 7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)  Naomi Clifford’s recently published book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn tells the true story of the mystery surrounding the abduction of a teenager in 1817. What seemed a simple newspaper report of elopement gone wrong turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, illusory triumph and […]

May 202016
Defending the Ten: 10 days of the #Carnegie occupation

Tate Local – the gallery space in Tate South Lambeth library – is hosting an exhibition of documentary photographs by Richard Baker about the occupation of Carnegie Library in Herne Hill in April 2016. After 110 years of library service at Carnegie, Lambeth Council closed this Grade II listed building on April 1st 2016 to […]

May 042016
Come and have your say at our AGM on May 18th

The annual general meeting of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will be held at the library on Wednesday May 18th , starting at 6.30pm The meeting starts with the standard “official” items: reports by the chairman and the treasurer for the past year (2015/16), followed by elections to next year’s committee ( for which […]

May 042016

The rise in the number of visits to Tate South Lambeth Library continues at the top of the league of Lambeth libraries – further confirmation of the immense popularity of our local library. In the 12 months April 2015- March 2016 visits to the library were up by a spectacular 65% (ie two thirds) on […]

Feb 072016
Covent Garden Nine Elms – then, now and in the future

Wednesday February 17th 7pm (doors open at 6.30) Covent Garden Market Authority’s Helen Evans gives an update on the explosion of activity that is Nine Elms/Vauxhall’s New Covent Garden Market. This talk is organised by Friends of TSL in cooperation with the Vauxhall Society Admission free. Refreshments available

Feb 032016

On January  27th Lambeth’s Labour councillors – who have an overwhelming majority on the Council – voted yet again to support the library policy set out in the Culture 2020 document. They approved an amendment, by Councillor Jane Edbrooke, to a motion supporting the mutual trust proposal from the head of Lambeth Libraries, presented by the […]

Feb 032016

During the Council session on January 27th Councillor Edbrooke stated that an independent expert would now evaluate the feasibility of the staff/community mutual fund proposal. That sounds encouraging. Deceptively so. Councillor Edbrooke gave no indication as to how long this evaluation would take. The suspicion of all the library friends groups campaigning to keep a […]

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