Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

We are the friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. For official information about the library, including opening hours and contact details, please visit the library’s own website here.

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A festival to celebrate English heritage and history

English Heritage Festival 2To mark St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare – both on April 23rd – Tate South Lambeth Library, backed by local businesses, organisations and  volunteers, is putting on an English Heritage Festival, over the period April 22nd  to April 29th.

The presentations, workshops and activities are all free of charge.Here’s the programme.


Saturday April 22nd

Activities in Wilcox Close

Displays in the arena (to be temporarily roped off) include demonstrations of skill at arms in a tournament, the training and arming of knights and –weather permitting – medieval dancing

11.30am -12 am Punch and Judy puppet show

11am-4pm Games – Medieval stocks , Skittle alley and Throw the hoops

2.00-2.30pm Morris dancing

2.40-3.05pm Punch and Judy puppet show

Performances, competitions and games inside the library

11am-1pm Facepainting

11am-11.20am In-Harmony Ensemble

12 -12.30 Kennington Community Choir

12.30-1.30pm Passamezzo (Shakespeare’s music)

2-4pm Facepainting

2-2.15pm Guess the name of the dragon

2.15-2.35pm Medieval fancy dress competition

2.40-3pm Shakespeare Readings

3.05-3.25pm Limerick competition announcement

Guess the weight of a cake

3.30-4pm  A capella performance

Exhibitions inside the library

Four displays are planned – on St George (the English, Portuguese and Polish  versions) and  on Shakespeare

Activities in the neighbourhood

Sunday April 23rd

 A Vauxhall riverside guided history walk, led by lcal historian, publisher and activist, Sean Creighton  (organised by the Vauxhall Society in cooperation with Friends of TSL) – 10.30 am sharp at the library.

This walk will centre on the St George Wharf/ MI6 stretch of the Vauxhall riverside and cover local history, past and present, in particular the question of local identity.

Monday April 24th

Classes from two local primary schools will be attending a presentation – with participation – on three famous Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Saturday April 29th

Tea and a tour of Brunswick House – 11am








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