Circle Merton’s Financial Offer for Regeneration

Further to the recent exhibition of the draft Masterplan and subsequent forums, Circle Merton will be holding events to discuss with residents what this all means to them, financially.

If you are a resident on this estate then make every effort to attend these events, as your views count towards what you will be offered if the Regeneration goes ahead. Circle Merton need to hear what it is that you want, and, what you need.

see Circle Merton documents below :

HP Vision doc cover letter 071114

High Path A2 vision document FINAL

Wimbledon College of Arts/Wimbledon Space: The Olympics Drawn


There are many things in this area that we can be proud of, but sometimes, as in most things in life, exceptional things pass us by.

We walk past facilities we ought to be rejoicing about. And, far too often, we take a number of points of interest for granted.

Take for instance a local art college which many people know of as an associate of a much grander name: University of the Arts London.

The more informed of you will know of it’s more renowned sites such as: Chelsea College of Arts; Camberwell College of Arts, London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins and the London College of Communication. But how many of you will have heard of the Wimbledon College of Arts (WAC)?

As followers of culture and the arts, the fact that this institution is overlooked (unless you study there) and, slept on by its direct neighbours i.e. us, is a sad inditement to their hard work.


Rejoice then, at the current exhibition, The Olympics Drawn at the venue, Wimbledon Space.

Two months ago we tweeted pictures of their Masters show, which featured last years’s theatre, digital and drawing students. It was a humbling experience to see youthfulness in it’s element: brave and unabashed. And, creatively stepping into tomorrow’s world with their openminded vision.


This limitlessness was plentiful, as the current exhibition included a Study Afternoon, which was chaired by Ms Angela Brew. The panel included; Kevin Owens, the Design Principal with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, London 2012; co curators Dr Joanna O’Hara, post doctoral research fellow and Professor Stephen Farthing.


Their journey to this point was a long one. Professor Farthing worked with Dr O’Hara from 2009, and Kevin Owens had been involved with his partner since 2002. As a panel we had before us a wealth of experience on the art of drawing and they revealed to us the arduous steps it took to bring about these collected gems.


Professor Farthing said that when they initially looked for distant points of reference that they were told, “there were no drawings”. They then found pieces from 2002. In fact so remote had their research been, the British Olympic Association said that what was needed, was an archivist, “someone who could collect these drawings”. Tania Kovats said, “the rhetoric throughout was of the lasting’s strange that you should have to go through so much effort to gain information”.

Besides the great deal of work that went into finding these drawings and researching the little that was archived of previous Olympiads, we were in awe at what was before us.


On display is the Mary Poppins costume , incased in cabinets (borrowed from the Royal Academy of Arts) are drawings of ‘Movement Charts for the Opening Ceremony & Design Charts’, sketchbooks, animatics, storyboards for the Queen/James Bond film sequence and also background designs by the director Mario Cavalli. Honourable mentions must go too, to Tania Kovats, course Director for MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts, and Damien Duggan, for their insightful explanation on this epic contribution to the London Olympics 2012.

We’re fast approaching the end of it’s run (geddit?) as it finishes in a week (14th November). So, on your mark, get set..

A Bigger Picture: Merton’s Film Heritage

Join us to celebrate Merton’s Film Heritage : A Bigger Picture.

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Merton is one of 15 London boroughs working with Film London and the London Screen Archives on the Bigger Picture project. This is a 3 year Heritage Lottery funded initiative designed to engage over 1,000,000 Londoners with their film heritage. The project aims to increase understanding of the films made across the Capital, raising awareness of local film production, locations and the reasons why particular films were made. Film London is encouraging the public to unearth cine films made across London – whether by schools, companies or private individuals. These will be catalogued, preserved and digitised copies will be made available online and at local museums, archives and libraries. A specially commissioned Kinovan will also allow special outdoor film screenings to be held in hundreds of locations.

To celebrate the start of the Bigger Picture project, Merton Heritage Service will be staging a launch event at:

Saturday 22nd November at Morden Library1pm to 4.30pm 

If you would like to know more about Merton’s links to the British film industry, or you simply enjoy a trip to the movies, this FREE event will have something for everyone. The programme for the event will be as follows:

1.15 – 2.00pm: The Flickering Screen ( Morden Library, 2nd floor )

An illustrated talk about Merton’s film heritage – from the work of early silent film producers, to Merton Park Studios and the history of the borough’s cinemas.

2.00 – 3.00pm: Film Fun for Little Ones ( Children’s library, Ground floor )

Film-themed craft activities for children aged 6 – 10. Make your own cartoon flick book, design a movie poster, or create your own cut-out film star doll to dress in different outfits.

2.15 – 3.15pm: Discover the Bigger Picture ( 2nd floor )

Find out more about the Bigger Picture project and how you can get involved. Film London representatives will give an introduction to the project and there will be a special film screening to wet your appetite.

3.30 – 4.30pm : Movie Memories – A Film and Cinema Reminiscence Session ( 2nd floor )

Come and share your recollections of local cinema and the silver screen – from usherettes and Saturday Morning Picture shows, to the cheap seats and cuddling in the back row. A range of photos, newspapers and film memorabilia will be available to jog your memory.

The following will be available throughout the event – 1.00 – 4.30pm:

Photographic displays ( all floors ) –a range of film and cinema images will be on show, featuring the bioscope shows of Mitcham Fair, local film studios, cinemas and the stars of stage and screen.

The Big Screen Photographic Cinema – your chance to view our film show featuring images of Merton’s cinematic heritage, accompanied by extracts from the memories of local people.

Merton Memories – volunteers will offer guidance on the Merton Memories website and how to find material linked to the borough’s film industry

The launch event will take place at:

Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Rd. Morden. SM4 5DX ( a 2 minute walk from Morden Underground Station. )

For more information contact : Merton Heritage Centre Tel. 020 8545 3239 Email: Big Screen