These resources have been created or recommended by organisations near you in Southwark, and are available any time.
For live on-line events visit the Southwark Presents what’s on diary.


Tunnelling through time – a virtual escape adventure with the Brunel Museum

Drawing inspiration from real moments in the history of the Thames Tunnel, this series of challenges will really test your brain - from arranging dinner party seating to a spot of internet sleuthing.

Southwark local history eBooks

Read the popular Neighbourhood Histories series and other local history books, published by Southwark Local History Library and Archive.  

Southwark heritage collections online

Explore the eMuseum, featuring the Cuming collection, the Southwark art collection and images from the Local History Library and Archive.

Behind the scenes tour of the Cinema Museum

An introduction to the museum and its unique collections, based in a former workhouse in Elephant and Castle. You might also enjoy this beautiful short film, combining photography by Francesco Zavattari and music by local composer, Neil Brand.  

Brunel Museum virtual tours 

Click on the pictures to explore a virtual model of the museum site at different points in time, and learn about some of its fascinating history.

Interactive old maps of Southwark

Explore the history of your area in house-by-house detail with these old maps of the borough. Just choose your base map (from 1818 to 2017), then search for your street. You can also download complete historical maps to study or share.

The Southwark Heritage blog

Become an expert on local history with some fascinating reading material. 

The Story of Sam King

Sam King MBE was a passenger on the Empire Windrush, one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, and the first Black Mayor of Southwark. This documentary by Black Heroes Foundation explores his personal story, featuring family photos and interviews. 

Voices of Tower Bridge

Interested in discovering more about Tower Bridge's history? This series of short podcasts explores the stories of the people, engineering and architecture behind London's defining Landmark. 

The Museum of Youth Culture

Use these resources to start conversations at home. From prompts to open up discussions to youth culture colouring in books and games for families.

Illuminated River in 360

Enjoy these immersive 360 photographs taken on a sparkling winter’s night. You can discover the story behind the artwork in this Channel 4 documentary, try some mindful colouring exercises or stream the free audio guide, which delves into the rich history of London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges.

London’s Screen Archives and Britain on Film

Two great resources for exploring local history through film. Look out for some Southwark gems.

Write a letter to the Mayflower

If you were writing a letter to the Mayflower passengers today, what would you want to say about their voyage? About living well as a community? About understanding and living with people who might be different from us? Send it to mayflower400@southampton.gov.uk.

More resources from around the UK

The BBC Reminiscence Archive

A selection of content from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence therapy.

Page last updated: 16 September 2021

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