Photo Archive

A Greater London: The GLC Story 1981-86

IMG_9285On Monday 18 September 2017,as part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival we welcomed Natasha Nikonde, Deborah Grayson and Tanya who spoke about their history project: the GLC from 1981-86; something that is recent history for many of us!


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The presentation was followed by a lively debate as many people shared their (recent!) memories of the GLC.

For more information about this fascinating project, go to their website.





Monday 17 July 2017, Jocelyn Robson talked about her research into Joyce Oakeshott, an Edwardian South Londoner who staged her own death.IMG_4019











Monday, 19 June 2017 saw the Friends of Durning Library’s Summer Party. For this we enjoyed a virtual perambulation around Kennington Park in the Victorian era by Marietta Crichton Stuart and Rob Pateman.

Followed by an excellent raffle


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On Monday, 20 March 2017, local resident Prof. Charlie Harvey spoke about Seretse Khama and the making of Botswana.











We were delighted to welcome Prof. Clare Gerada on 23 February 2017 to the Durning to talk about medical myths. Clare provided a stimulating discussion dispelling some of the myths we’ve all grown up with.


From old wives’ tales about butter treating burns (don’t!) to the confusion caused by the way we comprehend risk and interpret the statistics that are thrown at us every day. The message? Be wary of unrealistic claims. Don’t assume all screening is harmless. Our bodies are able to repair and regulate. Eat healthily. Enjoy life.

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On Monday, 16 January, Neil Bright took us on A Wander Through Wartime Southwark.


Neil is the author of “Southwark in the Blitz,” an account using first hand stories, ARP reports and local newspaper coverage. If you’d like to know more about wartime Southwark and how to interpret the use of white blackout paint, he has produced a book, Southwark in the Blitz.



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