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Exhibition – The Golden Age of Communication (check with venue for times)

March 6, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm


A postcard showing the bandstand in Southwark Park with lots of Edwardian children gathered around

Starting in March and continuing throughout the spring and summer in various venues around Rotherhithe & Bermondsey is a free exhibition that celebrates the Golden Age of Postcards with a look behind the postcards sent to and from Rotherhithe & Bermondsey in the Edwardian era in the early 20th century, curated by Michael Holland.

Research has been done on the senders and receivers of those postcards from a hundred years ago to form a picture of the life and times of those who could very well be our ancestors; who lived in the streets that we now walk down; who lived in the houses that still stand today. We get an insight into the local work of that period, with many people working in the leather or brewing industry and many in domestic service. The exhibition gives an understanding of health problems before the safety net of a Welfare State and how children would be torn from the family to be placed in homes to train up as servants; we follow romances that play out over time via the postcards they sent to each other, and of those that fell in The Great War. There are hints at domestic violence, lack of work and an itinerant community flocking to London to find employment. The exhibition shows that the ‘good old days’ that some people crave for were were filled with the aroma of horse dung, illness and far from good.

The exhibition has been put together from various local postcard collections and can be seen at these venues where there will be an opening event with refreshments for each one:

  • Time & Talents, The Old Mortuary/St Marychurch St, London SE16 4JE
    • Opening 6th March 6.30pm. Exhibition runs until 20th March. (Please note, exhibition access is limited by use of rooms for groups and activities – please check with Time & Talents to avoid disappointment)
  • Beormund Centre, 177 Abbey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 2AN
    • Opening 27th March 6pm. Exhibition runs until 10th April
  • Docklands Settlement, 400 Salter Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5AA
    • Opening 18th April 2pm. Exhibition runs until 28th April
  • City Hope Church, 121 Drummond Rd, Bermondsey, London SE16 2JY
    • Opening 1st May 6.30pm. Exhibition runs until Friday 15th May
  • Lewington Centre, 9 Eugenia Rd, London SE16 2RU
    • Opening May 29th 6pm. Exhibition runs until 12th June
  • Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7LL
    • 20th June 12pm. Exhibition runs until 4th July


March 6, 2020
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Event Category:


Time and Talents Centre
The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch Rd
London, SE16 4JE United Kingdom
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Closure of the Time & Talents temporary COVID-19 emergency relief food hub


The pandemic forced harsh choices on us all. For Time & Talents, it meant having to stop being a place where people could meet and enjoy the chance to be part of their community.


In partnership with Southwark Council and a network of other community organisations, last May we found a new role as a temporary food hub, storing and distributing food to local households in crisis to support them through the various lockdowns. It was always intended to be an emergency response to an emergency situation.


Fortunately, with the rate of vaccinations continuing to progress well and restrictions gradually beginning to ease, we can see there is light at the end of the lockdown tunnel when we will be able to reclaim our Old Mortuary building as a meeting place and community centre, rather than a food store.


We have been in touch with the households currently receiving food support to offer guidance and advice they may need from April onwards once our food hub closes on Thursday 25 March.


We do want to go on helping to address issues around food poverty and will continue to collaborate with local partners to explore sustainable solutions such as community pantries.


In the meantime. the good news is that, in line with the Government’s roadmap, we hope to start to reopen our doors from April over the coming months to the local people who rely on us for friendship, support and community.

We’re very grateful to our staff, volunteers, community partners and Southwark Council for a fantastic collaborative response over the past 11 months.


For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:

  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3


As always, we welcome volunteering applications

You can contact the team as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at

With our very best wishes

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

17 March 2021