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: local.studies@merton.gov.ukThe Big Screen

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