About the Society

The Society’s logo is the 12th-century arch found at Abbey House in 1914 and re-erected at St Mary’s churchyard in 1935

The Society is concerned with the history of the London Borough of Merton, England. It undertakes research and publishes books and booklets on the history of Merton, Mitcham and Morden. Founded in 1951 as the Merton & Morden Historical Society, it has always had a respected reputation for its publications.

Membership at present costs £12 a year (£5 for full-time students). Members receive the Society’s quarterly Bulletin, and are entitled to 20% discount on the Society’s publications.

The Society organises monthly lectures and talks of local historical interest during the winter months and arranges visits and local historical guided walks during the summer.

It also runs regular Workshop sessions to share current research.

Meetings are informal and do not pre-suppose a special knowledge of history, local or national.


Meetings and visits organised by the Society are suspended until further notice.

Meanwhile, we will be displaying a LINK OF THE MONTH to a virtual exhibition or talk.

Weather and Covid restrictions permitting, why not explore some of Sarah Gould’s guided heritage trails. Download the free app to your mobile phone and walk the trails or watch from the comfort of home – https://izi.travel/en/search/merton
You can generate your own local tree trails at www.treetalk.co.uk which will identify the public trees along your selected route, some of which are less common than you might expect.

BUT if the weather is not such as to tempt you outdoors
here are a couple of options to be enjoyed from the comfort of your computer screen:

Britain’s Treasures From The Air – a British Countryside documentary on National Trust properties – one of many free online videos from the Timeline Channel.

Virtual Museum tours and exhibitions at museumcrush.org (from a virtual recreation of The Lost Collection of Charles I at Whitehall Palace to the Saatchi Gallery Tutankhamun exhibition 2020)

You might also be interested in other local history events