City & Guilds of London Art School: ends Sunday, a school and a show not to miss

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Do make some time between now and 5pm on Sunday 28 July 2015 to see for yourself one of the gems of the Vauxhall Society area, but one that apart from its imposing Georgian frontage is generally hidden from the public gaze. Architecturally, artistically and historically, the City & Guilds of London Art College at […]

Lambeth’s library closures to cause ‘immediate economic damage’

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Lambeth politicians will cause ‘immediate economic damage’ to the borough if they do not rethink their plans to cram the borough archives into Brixton Library in the rush to sell off the archives’ current home at the Minet Library in Stockwell. This is the charge made after an emergency meeting of the Lambeth Local History […]

‘Lambeth Libraries in Peril!’

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No, not The Vauxhall Society’s headline, but that of a press release by the Friends of Lambeth Libraries, who say they are ‘appalled’ by Council plans to halve the number of public libraries in Lambeth. Here is the press release: Friends of Lambeth Libraries speaks for libraries and communities all over the borough. We are […]

Judge Sycamore and the Friends of Durning Library’s hellish Tree of Heaven 

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There hasn’t been such a to-do about trees around here since the national press caught on to the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens support of Lambeth Council’s chopping down  of mulberry trees on the historic  site to make way for £300,000-worth of black concrete columns. The tangled tale of the Friends of Durning Library and their logjam […]

Does the way Lambeth’s handling our libraries suit your book?

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What the blue blazes are Lambeth councillors up to with our libraries? Lambeth people were asked to give their views by 26 January on where Lambeth Archives, presently crammed into Myatt’s Fields’ Minet Library, should be rehoused.  The Vauxhall Society’s response was to recommend Vauxhall Cross or Kennington. A second Lambeth consultation, on selling off […]

Vauxhall’s library again at risk of closure as Lambeth councillors are 3½ years overdue

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Vauxhall’s Tate South Lambeth Library is again at risk, three years after a campaign supported by The Vauxhall Society averted closure by Lambeth Borough Council. Closure would be ‘particularly perverse’ say The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, a TVS affiliate, because local property development backed by the council ‘will generate a massive rise in […]

An event a day and then some in Lambeth Heritage Festival month

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Lambeth Archives and Libraries have teamed up with the Lambeth Local History Forum and local groups to offer a programme of 40 events including talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops and guided walks. There’s a series of evenings with Lambeth archivists Jon Newman and Len Reilly, plus local speakers. On Thursday 26 September, there’s a festival event […]

Tate South Lambeth Library, the good news and the bad news

First, the good news: Lambeth Libraries managed to field a couple of councillors and a brace of managers at TSL on 20 April 2013 for what promises to be the first of a quarterly meet-the-suits evening. The audience was clearly in favour of libraries management and councillors facing the public so officialdom’s decisions and actions […]

Gabriel Gbadamosi launches his novel Vauxhall on Wed 1 May

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Vauxhall Society committee member Gabriel Gbadamosi, who grew up locally and used Kennington’s Durning Library extensively, launches his first novel. From his sister’s taunts to a series of house fires, from his parents’ crumbling marriage to police harassment and the realisation that the council intends to clear out the ‘slum’ he calls home, young Michael […]

20 April: want some straight answers on your public library?

Here’s some straight questions. Here’s a chance to have your say on your local library (while you still have one). It’s at a Lambeth Libraries public meeting between 2pm and 4 pm on Saturday April 20 at The Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road. Here’s some questions the Lambeth Libraries top brass would […]