Final Monday of every month
27 Feb, 6pm
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Join us for a series of free talks inspired by the incredible history of our building and local area, from radical politics to art and architecture. Each event will feature two visiting speakers.
Tickets are free but advance booking is required as places are limited. Complimentary drinks will be provided.
27 Feb | The Grand Hall: A History of People Gathering
Two years on from the fire that destroyed the Grand Hall, we reflect on the history of large public gatherings and celebrations in our building - why do we gather in large groups, what brings us together and why do we continue to need large spaces to congregate?
Speakers on the night:
Allegra Galvin, Director of the Quarterhouse, an arts centre in Folkestone. Allegra will discuss her research into the history of celebration and gatherings in the Grand Hall, and explore the role of civic buildings in bringing communities together.
Anna Beecher and Kirsty Harris are both artists who create work with people at its heart. They have both been working on a creative community project, collecting an archive of memories of the Grand Hall and the fire it suffered in 2015. Anna and Kirsty will discuss their experience of collecting stories, participatory workshops, and the creation of poetry and a visual installation.
27 Mar | Cash, Capitalism and Corporations: Battersea and Beyond
Inspired by out theatre season of the same name, we will look back on the history of Battersea's relationship to capitalism and explore how the economic status quo is being challenged locally and further afield.
24 Apr | Crime and Punishment
April's talk will explore the history of the Criminal Justice system in Wandsworth and beyond. Are our prisons at breaking point and how can we look to our past to reinvent the future of our prisons?
31 May | Boom time: The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution in Wandsworth and Battersea
Around 200 years ago the village of Battersea was still considered rural. The population exploded from 16,000 to 168,000 in just 70 years. As part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, we will explore the phenomenal social impact of the industrial boom on the lives of the people of Battersea.
25 Jan Battersea: A Working Class History
27 Jan Lights, Camera, Action: Battersea on Film
24 Feb Root de Toot: Battersea’s musical past
30 Mar Hats, Huguenots and High Street fashion
27 Apr The Bard and Battersea
1 Jun Wandsworth’s Rural Past: Sheepscapes
27 Jul Poetry: Battersea Beats
28 Sep Battersea Town Hall's Heyday: If walls could talk...
26 Oct Women of Battersea: From Protest to Punk
30 Nov Made by Migrants: Battersea and Beyond
14 Dec Music and Melodrama: Festive Celebrations at Battersea Town Hall
27 May Town Hall Talks: Battersea’s Political Heroes
24 Jun Architecture: Our Building’s Past, Present and Future
29 Jul The Art of Mosaics
30 Sep Battersea’s Literary Landscape
25 Nov The Changing Role of Town Halls in the Community
2 Dec The Organ, An Instrument of Inspiration