Friends of Tate South Lambeth: free film screening of ‘Revolution’

RevolutionThe Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are screening at the Tate South Lambeth Library as part of their free monthly (every 3rd Wednesday) film night.

Revolution is an award-winning documentary by young Cuban Director Mayckell  Pedrero looking at the lives and struggles of the highly acclaimed Cuban Hip Hop group Los Aldeanos. Shot in Havana and told principally through the words of united healthcare viagra the two group members, Aldo and Bian; Revolution offers a fascinating insight into modern day Cuba.

Rhodri Holtham, who has written a postgraduate dissertation on Cuban Hip Hop and is a personal friend of the Director, will give a short introduction and will be on hand to answer any questions after the screening.

Wednesday 18 July 2012, 6.45 for 7pm
Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1QP.

Light refreshments available with suggested donations to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.


Two important library meetings: Wed 23 and Mon 28 May

Here are two important events coming up via the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

Wednesday 23 May 2012, 6.45pm for 7.00pm
Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library AGM

at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Including an open discussion on the way ahead in the Cooperative Libraries regime proposed by Lambeth Council. New members and would-be members are very welcome – and especially if you are willing to join the buy pfizer viagra committee and get stuck in.

Monday 28 May 2012, 6.15 to 7.45pm
VNEB & Tate South Lambeth Library
Public meeting with Adrian Smith,  director of cultural services at Lambeth Council
at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Has Lambeth understood the impact of Vauxhall’s development on demand for our local library? That is the question that Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will put to Adrian Smith, the director of cultural services at Lambeth Council.

More details on the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library website.

The meeting on May 28th is your chance to raise these – and other – questions. Come along to Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Andrew Saint reviews Vauxhall Gardens: A History

Vauxhall Gardens: A History, David Coke, Alan Borg

David Coke and wow look it Alan Borg’s monumental work on Vauxhall Gardens has been reviewed by Andrew Saint for The Vauxhall Society. David Coke has curated The Triumph of Pleasure: Vauxhall Gardens 1729 – 1786, an exhibition opening at the Foundling Museum on 11 May. Drawing from the collections of major museums and galleries across the country, the exhibition will display works by Hogarth, Canaletto, Hayman, Rowlandson and Gainsborough. One of the last surviving supper box paintings will be on display alongside objects associated with the Gardens and the Foundling Hospital. The exhibition will also be the visit web site first time François Roubiliac’s three terracotta portrait busts of William Hogarth, George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Tyers have been seen together. In addition, David Coke will be giving a talk – ‘The delight of all persons of reputation and taste’ – an introduction to Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859 - at the Durning Library on Monday 21 May, 7pm.

Read the review here.

Start to grow your own fruit and vegetables – However small the space


Come and 5 mg cialis learn the basics and sow some seeds with Christine, Garden Organic’s local master gardener, and Sue, Lambeth’s Green Community Champions Officer
on Wednesday 28 March at 7.00pm
at Tate South Lambeth library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8
If you plan to attend, please email

Master Gardeners are volunteers managed by Garden Organic www.gardenorganic, offering growing advice and support.   They don’t offer a gardening service. Participation for all involved is free.


Libraries Campaign: Lambeth’s guide to how you can take part

Lambeth Libraries campaign

Thanks to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth, the Durning and other Vauxhall libraries and community groups such as The Vauxhall Society, Lambeth’s politicos and officials at last seem to have got the message that closing libraries is both a legal minefield and an election-loser.

Jo Cleary, who runs Lambeth’s Adults and Community Services, has now put together a useful guide on how you make yourself heard on the libraries issue between now and when consultation ends on Friday, April 20. From Ms Cleary’s officialspeak about ‘our journey to becoming a cooperative council’ being ‘about giving people the power to decide how things are run and who runs them’, could it be that on libraries, Lambeth would like to take a back seat, while of course continuing to collect the Council Tax? [Read more…]

Help Durning Library Friends – just fill in their quick survey

Durning Library Friends

Durning Library FriendsYour help is needed! The Friends of Durning Library have launched a survey to assess how best to plan for the library’s future. They say:

“Lambeth Council is currently considering the future organisation of its library service.  We know that there are to be severe budget cuts and if the community does not step in, our library may not survive.

“As the library’s Friends, we need your help to decide how best to plan for its future, and so we need to hear your views, whether or not you use the library.

“Please complete our short survey – available online on our new website and as a downloadable PDF. There will be a public meeting at the Durning Library on Monday 27 February to enable everyone to give us their views and the results of the survey will contribute to this discussion. The deadline is Monday 30 January.”

The website address is:

When history stops in Lambeth

lambeth archives entrance

Researchers beware – Lambeth Archives is closed for stocktaking from Monday 23 January to Saturday 4 February. Staff won’t be dealing with personal, phone or written enquiries – this is Lambeth, remember. Normal service (and history) resumes on Monday 6 February, and The Minet lending library in the same building will be open as normal throughout.

 Lambeth Archives




Libraries Campaign: now tell MPs what you think

parliamentary select

Like to put a spoke in Lambeth’s plan to sell off historic public library buildings like the Durning and the Tate South Lambeth and either move the libraries themselves to or merge them in some dreary municipal ‘space’?

You have until 12 January to post or email your point of view on the value of your library to the Parliamentary Select Committee on library closures. [Read more…]

Invitation to hear a talk on the history of Brunswick House

Brunwswick House
Brunwswick House

Brunswick House

An invitation from Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library to attend a talk given by Ferrous Auger about the history of Brunswick House.

Brunswick House Lassco is a Georgian townhouse in the middle of the gyratory system in Vauxhall.

In the eighteenth century Brunswick House (originally Belmont House) stood in five and discount viagra india half acres of parkland with its own jetty and a handsome frontage.

Now some two and half centuries later it casts a rueful glance at five lanes of traffic thundering past all hours of the day and night, a railway viaduct and a bus station, overshadowed and cut off from the river by the massive St George Wharf development.

The talk will be at
Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1QT (directly opposite the Estrela Café)

Wednesday 25 January 2012, 7pm

If you plan to attend, please notify or call 020 7622 867.

Libraries Campaign: time for some answers?

Reaction to the Libraries Commission report (read it here: is now coming in, and could be summarised as ‘could have been worse, but still far too vague’.

The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library tell us they’re relieved that their and other smaller libraries are not for the chop, or not yet. On the other hand, the report isn’t clear about how much money the TSL will have to work with, given the ‘massive’ development planned for its Vauxhall/Nine Elms catchment area.

What the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library say:

‘The report was very good in parts – the proposal to install Wifi at all libraries and, most immediately relevant to us, the recognition of the importance and relevance to the local community of Tate South Lambeth Library at its present location. But the report left certain key elements unclear – which could put at risk the nature of the library service Lambeth will provide. There are two areas where we need discussion and clarification.

What resources will be directed to each of the different library service points (a description we do not like) at the seven smaller libraries that are being reclassified as community hubs? How will this be determined?

How does the commission/Lambeth Council envisage that coproduction will evolve? What structure is proposed for governance, decision-making, control and management? What is the time frame?’

The Friends of The Durning Library, however, aren’t at all happy. They tell The Vauxhall Society that for individual local libraries like the Durning, the Libraries Commission Report – now Council policy – ‘offers at worst a stay of execution and at best an opportunity for local communities to work with officials and councillors to keep the libraries in operation’.

What the Friends of The Durning Library say:

‘There is a lot in the report that is positive and to be welcomed, particularly the general commitment to libraries and library-based services and the proposals for much-needed modernisation of those services in Lambeth. We also accept the recommendation that there should be two core libraries in the borough – Brixton and Streatham – with, in effect, ring-fenced financing.

For the individual local libraries, including the Durning, the report offers at worst a stay of execution and at best an opportunity for local communities to work with officials and councillors to keep the libraries in operation in the longer term. There will, however, be very much reduced resources available from Lambeth (and the ring-fencing of Brixton and Streatham will not help the local libraries). The report suggests that the libraries concerned will have to be ‘financially viable within new budgets’ and that is difficult to reconcile that with the declared desire of many that the libraries should carry on in their present buildings and with services similar to the present.

The Durning Friends’ committee has already had preliminary discussions with officials and councillors about producing, by the end of th  three-month consultation period, a proposal for how the Durning could be transformed into a financially viable library, co-produced, as the report envisages, by the local community and the council.

This will not be easy. The report has underlined that the Durning building presents particularly difficult problems because of the scale and cost of the work needed to bring it up to modern standards and secure its future. There are therefore some difficult choices to be made. We know that many users want the building to stay in library use but we have to explore all the possibilities and find out what sort of library service our users really want.

We are planning a detailed survey of our users and hope shortly to get our website up and running so that we can gather opinions on-line.’