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Our mission is to preserve, store, and interpret the heritage and history of the industries and people of the River Wandle.

Picture of the month

Pictured here is the works of Frys Metals known as the 'Tandem Works'. The works were located in Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood and occupied by Frys from 1925 until 1995. The site is now the shopping centre known as the 'Tandem Centre'.

We welcome pictures from our members, volunteers and the public as our picture of the month.

Celebrating 35 Years of Industrial Heritage

Those of you who are regular visitors to our website will see that we have added a banner below the museum's name. This month (June 2018) the museum celebrates our 35th birthday. We were formed by a group of local people who were determined that the heritage of the Wandle Valley should be retained. The aim of the Museum was to preserve, restore and interpret the Wandle and its industrial heritage something which we still do to this day. With sponsorship from Merton Community Trust and funding from Manpower Services Commission the first project meeting took place in June 1983 in Worsfold House, Mitcham. As they say the rest is history.

Talk and Workshop on Textile Printing

As part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival the museum will have a workshop on Sunday 3rd June from 11:30am - 1:00pm. The workshop is free. You will be able to see the method that was used to print material for 300 years along the Wandle Valley, learn about the many textile and calico works along the river including those of William Morris and Liberty's of London, and make and take home your own print based on the patterns of William Morris. All ages are welcome.

Talk on the Calico People of the Wandle Valley

As part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival there will be a talk by Mick Taylor at Earlsfield Library on Friday 8th June at 6:30pm on 'The Calico People of the Wandle Valley'. With a history that spans 300 years from the influx of the Huguenots to the last print works at Merton Abbey you learn about some of the characters and families that made the textile and calico industry in the Wandle Valley the envy of the country. The talk is free of charge.

The Wandle Portrayed - Our New Exhibition

Our new exhibition this year is about the art and literature of the Wandle Valley. With paintings and the written word you will be able to imagine a time when the River Wandle was much loved by artists and poets. Opening with a Private View on Saturday 16th June the exhibition will be open to the general public on Sunday 17th June. Normal museum entry charges apply.

Tesco Bags for Help

If you haven't already done so don't forget to vote for us at one of the following Tesco Stores:

Colliers Wood Express   High Street   SW19 2BN
Mitcham Express   Streathm Rd   CR4 2AJ
New Malden Extra   Beverley Way   KT3 4PJ
Tooting Express   London Road   SW17 9HP
Wimbledon Esso Express   Merton Road   SW19 1EQ
Wimbledon Hill Express   SW19 7QU
Wimbledon Metro   The Broadway   SW19 8YA
Wimbledon Express   Morden Rd   SW19 3BH

Help us make our museum building a place to be admired.

Did You Know?

That the organ loft at St Mary's Church, Beddington was decorated by Morris & Co.