Chair of the Streatham Society and Lambeth Local History Forum, the umbrella body for all groups in Lambeth active in this field. He had also been a leading member of the Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society (SLAS) since its formation in 1965, and was a regular speaker on local history topics. Many of us first came to know him as a lecturer at various adult education institutes, including Morley College, South Lambeth Institute and latterly Lambeth College.
These interests were in addition to his career as an analytical chemist in local government, pursued from 1957 until Southwark Council closed its analytical service in 1991.
Brian actually grew up in Stockwell, originally in Combermere Road and then Hubert Grove. He attended Santley Street School in 1944-50 and then Henry Thornton Grammar School in Clapham in 1950-57. It was only in 1976 that he moved to Woodmansterne Road on the Norbury fringes of Streatham. Building on his experience in archaeology, he was soon involved in the Streatham Society’s local history group and helped organise the local history walks which have since grown into a borough-wide programme.
Brian was the author of several publications for the Streatham Society, and his research helped protect several landmark buildings, notably the Streatham Silk Mill, Henry Tate’s old home at Park Hill, and the facades of the Streatham Hill Theatre and former ABC-Regal Cinema. (Source Alan Piper, Brixton Society)