We Don't Need No Education!

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The display


This temporary display looks at the history of Southwark schools up to the rise of the Bermondsey Lamp Post Free School in the 1970s

Date & time

Ongoing from 31 October 2022 to 23 December 2022

We Don't Need No Education!
Day Date Start & end times

Event Details

Address:Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
147 Walworth Rd

Post code:SE17 1RW


Book tickets:Free

Open hours:Monday 10am to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 12pm to 4pm


Come to the Southwark Heritage Centre and see the new display We Don't Need No Education!, showcasing the history of education in this borough up to the establishment of the free school, the Bermondsey Lamp Post in 1972.

From the back rooms used as ad hoc schools to a national system that set up schools throughout the borough, this display looks at how children have accessed education in Southwark through history.

A highlight of this display is the story of the Bermondsey Lamp Post, a free school started in the 1970s by a former teacher, Loïs Acton, which provided local children with access to education when they felt left out by the state school system.

This display incudes:

  • Objects and images provided by Loïs Acton
  • Images and material from Southwark Archives
  • Objects from the Cuming Collection
  • Films from the Southwark Film Collection



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