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 new window on old Vauxhall

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






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