The Directors of William Morris House were pleased that, despite the pandemic, an official opening of the Tom Braddock Room on the top floor of the House could proceed on 12 December in the presence of Tom’s two granddaughters, Josie Ballisti – who had come over from Switzerland with her husband – and Emily Braddock.
Tom Braddock (1897-1976) was a Labour Party election candidate in Wimbledon and served as the MP for Mitcham from 1945-50. He played a significant role in the life of Wimbledon Labour Hall Co-operative Society, the owners of William Morris House, and, in his professional capacity as architect, designed the hall on the building’s ground floor that now operates as the Tunnel 267 night club.
The Tom Braddock Room contains a number of pictures featuring Tom, his artwork and his manifesto on the last occasion he stood as a Labour Parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon in 1966. Josie (above left) and Emily (right) unveiled a photo of Tom to mark the room’s opening. We were delighted that the event could also be attended by Siobhain McDonagh, the current Labour MP for Mitcham & Morden, seen below with Josie and Emily.