Camberwell Talks: A dive into Clubland’s history

Experience the enthralling history of Camberwell’s legendary Clubland at our next Camberwell Talk on Monday, 1 July, 7pm. In our latest series of fascinating talks by talented locals, journalist and filmmaker Michael Holland screens his documentary Clubland and leads us into the fascinating Camberwell club, which drew in royalty, top footballers, British acting legends and even a sprinkle of Hollywood, set up by the Rev. Jimmy Butterworth.


The event features an exclusive screening of Clubland, which explores the fascinating history of a local youth club that attracted royalty, top athletes, and famous actors such as Michael Caine. Meet Michael and enjoy a screening of this illuminating slice of SE5 history!

Clubland background: Founded in the 1920s by Rev. Jimmy Butterworth, Clubland was not just any youth club—it was a place where celebrities like Bob Hope and the Queen visited.From 1922 to 1976, Reverend Jimmy Butterworth transformed the lives of many young people in South London through his Methodist youth club, Clubland. Catering to boys and girls aged 10-18, Clubland became the UK’s leading youth club. It featured impressive amenities like a theatre, gymnasium, and library. These facilities reflected Butterworth’s commitment to providing the best for all members, regardless of background. His own tough beginnings inspired his dedication to helping disadvantaged youth, establishing Clubland as a beacon of hope and development in South London.

Michael Holland, a journalist and filmmaker, has captured the spirit of Clubland through interviews and rare footage. This is a unique chance to see a film that is shown only once a year, in the place it celebrates. After the screening, meet Michael Holland and learn more about how this documentary came to life. Don’t miss out on this captivating evening of film and local history in Camberwell.


Monday 1 July, 7pm

The Crypt*, St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB

Tickets £10/£7, including a free drink. Under-18s free.

BOOK TICKETS HERE or at SE5 Forum’s Saturday market stall on Camberwell Green. Some tickets will also be available at the door.

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*Apologies that this venue is not step-free.