What was life like in Waterloo in the 1930s and 1940s?
What was an "airy"?
How, where and when do you wash discreetly if you do not have access to a bath?
What qualifications are required before you are allowed to take a neighbour's baby out in its pram?
These are just some of the topics covered by Gwen Southgate in her fascinating memoir of growing up in Waterloo in the 1930s: Coin Street Chronicles: London's Vanished Old South Bank Area.
83-year-old Gwen returns to South London to read extracts from her book at a special event presented by The Vauxhall Society.
She is joined by Michael Bruce, whose acclaimed 1982 tape slide show A Story of Waterloo blends archive material with interviews with local residents.
Excerpts from the slide show will be shown, and the evening will conclude with a Q&A session with Gwen and Michael.