28 September 2012

Lambeth Archives Open Day this Saturday, Minet Library

This Saturday, 29 September 2012, the Lambeth Archives, located at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be holding an open day.


The theme of the open day is local government. There will be talks, film screenings, an exhibition, local societies' stands and bookstalls and fun children's activities all centred on the question What has local governemnt ever done for us?

In this current period of "austerity" council services are going through some extraordinary challenges and changes and any previous certainty about who should run and fund them no longer exists. So this year the Arhcives are taking a long view of local government in Lambeth and considering its versatility, the services which it has provided and the impact it has had and continues to have on local people's lives.

Highlights include
10am - Vocation to Serve? Setting the scene. From the Elizabethan poor law to the big society - Len Reilly

10.15am - The measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of it's spaces, Lambeth's parks and and open spaces - Dr Iain Boulton

11am - To sweep, flush and collect. Sewers and waste disposal - Fiona Price

11.45am - Civic architecture in Lambeth - Edmund Bird

12.30pm - The battle of the books: the free Public Library movement in Lambeth - Jon Newman

1.15pm - Films from the archives 

2.15pm - The health of the people is the highest law. Hospitals and health on the rates - Len Reilly

3pm - The rise and fall of council housing - Brian Bloice

3.45pm - Reflections on Lambeth Council and community action since the 1970's - sean Creighton