Friends Events


Dates for your diary:

13th November 2.30 pm in Whitehall
Illustrated Talk by Abby Matthews – ‘The Past in Glass.

Note, The emphasis of the talk has been changed.

The talk will still be given by Abby Matthew, Archivist, Sutton Cultural Services but her topic will have a different slant on the history of local people and events.
Abby has taken part in the ‘Past on Glass’ project which is based on the huge collection of glass plate negatives found in a Sutton shop Cellar.  Much research has been undertaken about the people and events recorded on these negatives and the stories have been recorded and catalogued.  Abbey will be talking about the project and the people photographed and will show images of the restored photographs.

Below is a note about the ‘Past in Glass’.

A vast collection of glass negatives were found in the cellar of a Sutton shop in 1988 when the building was demolished.
The collection, of over 10,000 glass plate negatives, had remained undocumented and unseen by the public for close to 100 years.   Heritage Lottery Fund grants in 2014 and 2016 enabled the collection to be  conserved, digitised and catalogued.” 

Come along and hear about a fascinating aspect of local history.

Tea and biscuits will be served in the tearoom after the talk. 

Donations welcome.

To register please contact:


November 30th Saturday Mistletoe Market

9.30am to 3.30pm

Cheam Parochial Rooms, Cheam Broadway SM3 8QD

The Final Friends’ Mistletoe Market

 Make this a special event

Support the Friends of Whitehall stalls and
all the stall holders who have supported
the Mistletoe Market over many years.



January 15th Wednesday  2.30pm Whitehall

 Queen Victoria – Work and Play

Talk by Eleanor Jackson

We all know about Queen Victoria, or do we? We think of her as dumpy, grumpy, frumpy and short, but she was so much more than that.  Her reign saw a revolution in technology and transport, in literature and the arts, in education and in the Empire.
Come and find out about Victoria’s role in society, her work and her pleasures. We shall be amused.

For details contact FoW Secretary:

Tickets Friends £5, Non-Friends £6



February 12th  Wednesday

 Discover Roman London – Guided Walk

Let’s ‘roam’ around the City and discover a history that dates back nearly 2,000 years.
Join Valary Murphy, a qualified City of London Guide, who will reveal the ancient city of Londinium that lies beneath your feet.

Learn why the Romans founded the City of Londinium, what they brought – and what they liked to export.

See the site of a Roman bathhouse that’s now a pretty garden (a model of it is in the Museum of London) and where there was a temple to Mithras that was only discovered after bombing in the Second World War.

Step into the Guildhall Art Gallery
and view part of the original amphitheatre where gladiators once fought and take in a view of the original Roman wall that guarded the City 1,800 years ago.

The walk ends up by the Museum of London where you can learn more about the Romans in London and see some of the amazing artefacts archaeologists have unearthed – and continue to unearth.

The walk will start at Tower Hill Underground  Station 

For details contact FoW Secretary:

Tickets: Friends £5, Non-Friend £7