1. Local history in lockdown

Though there will not be the usual wide range of heritage events for some months to come, local societies, museums and archives are still functioning, often in new and inventive ways.
Wandsworth Historical Society has produced this helpful list of things for children to do and make, as well as educational resources for online learning for children and adults.
Most organisations are also managing to answer enquiries and help with research, though not as fast as usual.
Many local societies and organizations have publications for sale that can still be purchased online or in some cases downloaded – see for example Wandsworth Historical Society.
Many museums, archives and local societies are being very creative in their offerings
See what Wandsworth Heritage Service, Lambeth Archives and Merton Heritage Service are doing during Local History in Lockdown
Some publishers and archives are offering items that can be downloaded at little or no cost
Check the websites or contacts of those in our regular list below, but also see what others are also offering, e.g.
The British Museum
https://www.britishmuseum.org  has online guides for a range of collections and periods, and new time travel guides, for example just out the Young Explorers ‘The Maya’, ‘Ancient Greece’ and ‘Early Britain’.
The British Library 
https://www.bl.uk  also has online resources for the young and adults
The National Archives
The National Archives offers FREE access to digital records for as long as it remains closed, but you do need to Register with them. Go to  https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/digital-downloads  to see what is on offer.
They are also offering online learning for children ‘From Classroom to Kitchen’, ‘Boredom Buster’ activities, help with writing essays, plus games, and much more:  https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education , as well as offerings for adults with family history and research resources, and over the next months a series of online talks.
The National Library of Scotland has a wide range of Ordnance Survey maps digitised online spanning the approximate period 1840s-1960s  https://maps.nls.uk/os  [and many others too]
Kids in Museums  has a weekly posting of things for kids to do during lockdown: https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/2020/04/isolation-inspiration-10-fun-museum-activities-to-enjoy-at-home-this-week
Heritage Gateway  https://www.heritagegateway.org.ukegateway.org.uk/]  for access to Ancient Monument Records, Historic Environment Records (sites and monuments records), Listed Buildings, lists of historic parks, milestones etc. Easy to search by location, topic and the like.

Although meetings are restricted, the following contacts might still be of interest:

Battersea Society
Battersea Society holds regular meetings on local issues at St Mary’s Parish Church, Battersea Church Road SW11 3EN. For details visit the website: http://www.batterseasociety.org.uk/

Clapham Society
the Clapham Society holds a number of events:
For further details: http://www.claphamsociety.com

Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society
Lectures are held in winter months at The Housing Co-op Hall, 106 The Cut, at 7.30 pm. The hall is almost opposite the Old Vic Theatre, a short distance from Waterloo Station. Visitors are welcome, but are asked to make £1 donation. Enquiries by telephone 020 8764 8314 .

Wandsworth Heritage Service
Historic images of the Borough can be seen on the website:  http://boroughphotos.org/wandsworth/

Wandsworth Historical Society
Monthly Meetings  at the Friends’ Meeting House in Wandsworth High Street, opposite the Town Hall. Everyone welcome.
Visit their website at http://www.wandsworthhistory.org.uk/talks.htm

Wandsworth Society
see: http://www.wandsworthsociety.org.uk/

Wandsworth U3A
Wandsworth U3A organizes talks and events aimed at retired and semi-retired people looking to learn something new or develop old interests. A varied programme of meetings on all sorts of topics are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 pm at The Penfold Centre, Neville Gill Close, by Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth SW18.
To find out more call 020 8785 0949 or visit the website: wandsworthu3a.org.uk or email mailto:wandsworthu3a@hotmail.com

Wandsworth Prison Museum
This museum telling the fascinating story of Wandsworth Prison has re-opened, housed in a brand-new building. It is open for visitors by appointment.
Please email: wandsworthprisonmuseum@hmps.gsi.gov.uk to arrange visits.

Museum of Richmond
Exhibition: ‘Queens Road: 500 Years of History’ – from 1st February – 5th September The exhibition explores the 500 years of history of a single road in Richmond, from Tudor farmland to modern social housing. As ever, the Museum and special exhibition are free to visit.
There is always a very varied programme of events at the Museum of Richmond – movies, talks, walks and evening events, including activities for children, which can be found on the museum’s website – especially for half-term and school holidays.
For children’s and family workshops visit the website
Some events get booked up very quickly, so visit the website for further details. Booking for some events is essential.
Further details of events and booking from the Museum. Please contact:
Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP. Tel: 020 8332 1141 or email info@museumofrichmond.com.,  or for bookings learning@museumofrichmond.com, or go to the website  http://www.museumofrichmond.com

Fulham Palace Young Archaeologists Club
One Saturday a month, usually 10.30am-12.15pm during term-time – Booking early advisable
This club for 8-16 year-olds explores the fascinating world of archaeology through practical hands-on sessions with real archaeologists. £45 per child per term)

Visit the website to book: http://www.fulhampalace.org/events/young-archaeologists-club/   contact our Learning Department on 020 7751 2432 or email mailto:education@fulhampalace.org mailto:education@fulhampalace.org
The Club is affiliated to the Council of British Archaeology YAC scheme.

Fulham Palace
Exhibition – ‘Discovering the Bishop’s Palace at Fulham’ until November 2020 Admission FREE
Fulham Palace Historical Tours on various days each month, for dates and times, visit the website – £6 per person, no booking necessary. Meet at the Museum.
There are regular historical and archaeological events every month at Fulham Palace for all ages – visit the website for details.
Fulham Palace now produces a regular electronic newsletter of events – to receive a copy contact admin@fulhampalace.org
Fulham Palace Museum is open: Winter Sundays 12- 4 pm, Monday – Thursday 12.30-3.30 pm; Summer Sundays 12-5 pm, Monday-Thursday 12.30-4.30 pm
For more information visit http://www.fulhampalace.org or ring 020 7736 3233.
ADMISSION FREE.

Museum of Wimbledon
The Museum covers the history and natural history of Wimbledon, from geological beginnings to the present day.
The Museum of Wimbledon is at 22 Ridgeway, London SW19 4QN, telephone 020 8296 9914 – Admission FREE – Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 2.30-5.00 pm
Visit their website at http://www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk/
The Collections can be researched by appointment outside public opening hours. Please contact collections@wimbledonmuseum.org.uk

Eel Pie Island Museum
Now open! 1-3 Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 3AB. Thurs-Sun 12.00-6.00pm (last admission 5.30pm) – do come and see us! Celebrating all that has made this little island so famous – from its unique working boatyards to the part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the British Blues in the 1960s, Rock Stars, Trevor Baylis and more about this area of Twickenham.
£3 single visit admission (under 16s free) £5 unlimited visit Annual “Passport”.
http://www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk/

Honeywood Museum, Carshalton
The Honeywood Museum is located in a Grade II listed building by Carshalton Ponds
Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 3NX
Tel: 020 8770 4297 email: honeywoodmuseum@sutton.gov.uk mailto:honeywoodmuseum@sutton.gov.uk
Open Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Honeywood’s Tea Room is now open. Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm.
Monthly sessions for tiny tots too. Visit the website for further details: www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
The Museum of Brands is in W11 near Notting Hill Gate
Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT. http://www.museumofbrands.com/

The Antique Breadboard Museum, Putney
Putney has an unusual new museum, the Antique Breadboard Museum which has been open for just a year. The museum showcases an impressive collection of breadboards, knives and associated tableware, located in the late collector’s front room. The tours combine information provided by a long-standing cabinet-maker colleague, the collector’s own academic research and the collection itself. With 4 guests per tour, it is always very social, interactive and jolly, and personally curated by the collector’s daughter. It helps too that the collection is hands-on, and you get to choose your fave to present the scones. Cream tea is part of the package for a group rate of £60.
Booking by appointment: 020 8785 2464 theantiquebreadboardmuseum@gmail.com