Lambeth Town Hall and You

Written by Future Brixton team

November 30, 2015
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Lambeth Town Hall has been the focus of civic life in the borough since 1908 and is currently closed for refurbishment. We need your help for a new exhibition to celebrate the role of the town hall in our lives.

With its distinctive tower and prominent position in the centre of Brixton, the town hall is an imposing presence. It may represent government and bureaucracy, pomp and ceremony; but it also represents us – Lambeth’s residents.

The town hall is a place where our personal and public lives meet. What has taken place there reflects the spirit of the communities that live here and how they change.  It also shows Lambeth leading the way in changing social attitudes.

In 1955 Lambeth hit the news for holding a civic dance in the Assembly Room, known as the ‘No Colour Bar Dance’. The mayor welcomed immigrants from the West Indies and invited equal numbers of local residents to help new neighbours get to know each other.

In 1975 the South Lambeth Gay Liberation Front held a ‘Tango’ at the Town Hall in support of the Gay Times Festival, which was the precursor to Gay Pride.  Thirty-nine years later, Lambeth residents Ian Noonan and Thomas Alexander made history by becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in the borough.

For more inspiration you can visit the Lambeth Town Hall and You pinterest board.

Gay Times flyer

How you can help

Have you celebrated a wedding, a National Citizenship Ceremony or another event? Or been to meetings, the election count or a political protest?

We want to use some of your memories and experiences for an exhibition as part of the Your New Town Hall project.  We’re looking for your photos or other memorabilia as well as your memories in text format (140 characters). You can:

  • Tweet @FutureBrixton
  • Email
  • Post to Freepost RTTG-SZLT-RCZJ, Communications and Policy, Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RD
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin visits the Town Hall in October 1954 to present a cheque to help the poor in Lambeth.

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