Aug 152015

 Tuesday September 1st 7pm (doors open at 6.45)


We get ‘Vauxhall’ from ‘Falkes’s Hall’ – ‘Falkes’ being Falkes de Breauté, a strong-arm man for Bad King John. Falkes rose to rank, power and riches at the time of Magna Carta, 800 years ago this year. Violent and rapacious, Falkes could double for a character out of Game of Thrones – see which Gamester most resembles the knavish knight who put the Vaux into Vauxhall.

A talk by Ross Davies, author of Vauxhall: A Little History and chairman of the Vauxhall Society.

This talk is jointly organised by Friends of TSL and the Vauxhall Society, and forms part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival in September. You can pick up the brochure showing the full programme, at the library, or download it at

Admission free. Refreshments available.


Jul 052015

 July 29th 7pm (doors open at 6.45)

Sherlock Holmes2

Roger Johnson, expert on Sherlock Holmes and co-author of The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany, looks at Holmes’s excursions into Lambeth proper, Brixton, Kennington, Streatham, Herne Hill and parts of Norwood, together with Arthur Conan Doyle’s own connections with south London.

Admittance free. Refreshments available.


This talk is jointly organised by Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library and the Vauxhall Society.

Jul 052015

Saturday July 11th is the date of the next quarterly library forum – your chance to monitor and question our library’s performance, plans and policies, at a public get-together of library managers and local people. Friends will want to ask about the state of play on: the refurbishment of the library (long-planned and still only […]

Jun 132015
Opulence for Everyone: the story of Southbank Mosaics

Wednesday July 1st 7pm (doors open at 6.45)  David Tootill set up Southbank Mosaics art studio 12 years ago as a volunteer. It now employs six people and has over 250 public realm installations. It partners with community groups and is now working towards setting up the London School of Mosaic, offering the first applied […]

May 232015
Raising funds for the library in our annual book sale

 On Saturday June 6th, from 10am to 4pm, Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are running their annual book sale at the library, raising funds for extra resources there. We have over 1,000 books for sale, donated by the local community  or withdrawn from library shelves. All at bargain prices — £1 for most hardbacks, 50p […]

May 152015

This year’s annual general meeting of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will be held on Wednesday May 20th, at the library, starting at 7pm. We start off with the standard “official” items: reports by the chairman and the treasurer for the past year (2014/15), followed by elections to next year’s committee. Then we have […]

Mar 312015
Open Garden at Tradescant's Retreat

Starting in April and continuing through into August, the Friends gardening group is to run monthly Open Garden sessions in the Tradescant’s Retreat courtyard garden. Every second Saturday of the month (so April 11th is the first date), from 1.30pm, the garden will be open to the general public, with direct entrance through the garden […]

May 152015
Old Bird: The Irrepressible Mrs Hewlett

Tuesday May 19th 7pm (doors open at 6.30) Gail Hewlett talks about her book on Hilda Hewlett, the first woman to win a pilot’s licence (in 1911, at the age of 46). She ran a flying school and manufactured aircraft for the First World War. Known as “old bird” in her family, she was the […]

May 092015
An evening with a Portuguese novelist

Wednesday May 13th 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Gabriela Ruivo Trindade, a psychologist, wrote the novel Um Outra Vez, which was published in 2014 winning the Leya 2013 prize in Portugal. The book is based on the history of a member of her family and the village he helped develop into a city during the first […]

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