Herne Hill Station, a local landmark and a historical treasure trove

Herne Hill Forum and the Station Hall team are delighted to be hosting a local history exhibition exploring the history of Herne Hill Station itself. Here's a bit more information from the curator and creator of the exhibition, Sarah Waite:

'When I first heard that Station Hall was going to be opened up and transformed into a community space back in Autumn last year, I immediately thought of how wonderful it could be to have a local history exhibition to occupy it. Fast forward to June 2019 and I've been able to make it happen with the help of some passionate local residents who have kindly shared their knowledge and their time.

The display explores the history of Herne Hill station, which in my opinion, is the neighbourhood's most important local landmark. The arrival of the station in 1862 changed the face of area beyond recognition. It brought hundreds of new residents, who in turn established businesses, schools, churches and lives here. To this day the station acts as community hub. Not only are many of us obligated to pass though the building on our daily commute, but it has fast become a place where we actively want to go: to see the beautiful mural, to find out about and engage with local projects, and to connect with others over a shared sense of belonging.'

- Sarah Waite: MA Museum Studies Student at UCL, life-long resident of Herne Hill and local history enthusiast.