Merton’s war stories to be told in commemorative event at New Wimbledon Theatre


Residents are invited to shate their memories.


By Ellie Pipe

Merton residents are being invited to share a slice of history as the New Wimbledon Theatre marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

In partnership with Age Exchange, the New Wimbledon Studio will be opening its doors on February 4 from 10.30am-4pm to display photos and share local stories.

The collaboration is part of a London-wide project on family memories of the First World War conducted by the Reminiscence Arts organisation, Age Exchange.

Andrew Alty, Project Manager at the theatre, said they have already received stories from people across the borough.

We hope to hear many more like these over the coming weeks and, of course on the day itself. These are the untold stories of Merton’s War and we are keen to collect them all for the International Archive before they disappear.

“You can phone us on 0208 545 7909 to book an appointment time to share your memories and photos. No story is too small…”

The organisation will be recording, photographing and digitising memories and memorabilia from people in the borough to share with the community.

Participant stories will be added to the Europeana 1914-18 International Archive, telling stories of World War One and how it affected the lives of people in Merton.

Material will be used to inspire a major new theatre production performed by local young people at New Wimbledon Theatre in August 2014, exactly 100 years after the outbreak of war.

It will also be included in a touring exhibition and a documentary film.

Visitors on the day can view a photographic exhibition of Merton’s war memories as well as enjoying music from the 1900’s accompanied by plenty of tea and cake.

Residents are welcome to come along on the day with their memorabilia.

Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museums, with thanks.

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