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News Archive

January – March 2021

The Museum is currently closed.

As a result of the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and Government restrictions the museum is currently closed. We are still able to deal with any enquiries and in research. Please e-mail the museum (office@wandle.org) or telephone 020 8648 0127 where you can leave a message. Information about reopening will be shown here when the situation changes. In the meanwhile, please keep safe and follow the rules.

December 2020

Additions to our shop range

                 

      One of our new fridge Magnets                                        One of our new coasters


Ready for Christmas and want something different for a stocking filler or small present we are pleased to announce a number of new items to our shop range. Now available is a range of coasters, new fridge magnets, a Wandle Quiz book, two Wandle Word Search books, Lavender greeting cards and Lavender Water. Check out our shop page.


The museum is pleased to be able to supply copies of the Friends of Mitcham Common 2020 calendar. The calendar includes a number of images of the common including a piano in the woods! It is available at £10 plus £1.50 postage. Local delivery within Mitcham and Morden is free or can be collected from the museum once we reopen. To order the calendars please send a cheque to the museum with your name and address.

New Film and Presentations 

We’ve added some new films and presentations to our You Tube channel . Learn about the Art and Literature of the River Wandle, take a trip to visit William Morris and revisit the River and Cloth project. You can find the full list of titles in our Photo Gallery page

Walk in Lockdown 

If you are missing walking the Wandle Trail then visit the walks we have on the IZI Travel app. These walks can be used when you are physically out and about or be viewed from home. There are three Wandle Trail walks available and another from Merton Heritage Service that covers the mills along the Merton section of the River Wandle. Find these all at IZI Travel).

London Sound Survey 

Missing the sounds of the Wandle? Then why not visit this map from the London Sound Survey and listen to the sounds of the Wandle. Click on the map to be able to access the sounds.

Volunteer Needed 

The museum is looking for a volunteer who has some knowledge and experience in working with Gift Aid. The volunteer will be required to set up the system, make a gift aid claim on behalf of the museum, and show existing volunteers how it works. This may suit someone who is on furlough or someone who is looking for a short term volunteer role. 

For more information e-mail the museum at office@wandle.org or telephone 020 8648 0127 and we will get back to you.  

November 2020

Museum Reopening

Should the Government restrictions, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, be lifted on the 2nd December the museum will be open on the following days in December:
Sunday 5th and 12th December
Wednesday 9th and 16th December
Normal opening will apply Wednesday 1-4pm and Sunday 2-5pm.

Annual General Meeting

The museum is required by its constitution to hold its AGM annually, and under current rules that means within nine months of its financial year end on 31st March. Under our constitution only the Trustees are required to vote. To enable the AGM to take place, in line with our constitution, it will be held by the Trustees on the 3rd December 2020. Whilst this is not our normal AGM event with refreshments and a speaker it will enable us to meet our rules. Members and volunteers will receive all the normal information presented at the AGM prior to the 3rd December.

New Accreditation Mentor

The museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Harper of Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service as our Accreditation Mentor. She has much experience in the museum sector with a wide range of skills and knowledge. We look forward to working with her. Emma replaces Chris Taft of the Postal Museum who worked with the museum for over ten years. We would like to express our thanks to Chris for the excellent work and advise he has given the museum in that time.

Additions to our shop range

                 

      One of our new fridge Magnets                                        One of our new coasters


Ready for Christmas and want something different for a stocking filler or small present we are pleased to announce a number of new items to our shop range. Now available is a range of coasters, new fridge magnets, a Wandle Quiz book, two Wandle Word Search books, Lavender greeting cards and Lavender Water. Check out our shop page.


The museum is pleased to be able to supply copies of the Friends of Mitcham Common 2020 calendar. The calendar includes a number of images of the common including a piano in the woods! It is available at £10 plus £1.50 postage. Local delivery within Mitcham and Morden is free or can be collected from the museum once we reopen. To order the calendars please send a cheque to the museum with your name and address.

New Film and Presentations 

We’ve added some new films and presentations to our You Tube channel . Learn about the Art and Literature of the River Wandle, take a trip to visit William Morris and revisit the River and Cloth project. You can find the full list of titles in our Photo Gallery page

Walk in Lockdown 

If you are missing walking the Wandle Trail then visit the walks we have on the IZI Travel app. These walks can be used when you are physically out and about or be viewed from home. There are three Wandle Trail walks available and another from Merton Heritage Service that covers the mills along the Merton section of the River Wandle. Find these all at IZI Travel).

London Sound Survey 

Missing the sounds of the Wandle? Then why not visit this map from the London Sound Survey and listen to the sounds of the Wandle. Click on the map to be able to access the sounds.

Volunteer Needed 

The museum is looking for a volunteer who has some knowledge and experience in working with Gift Aid. The volunteer will be required to set up the system, make a gift aid claim on behalf of the museum, and show existing volunteers how it works. This may suit someone who is on furlough or someone who is looking for a short term volunteer role. 

For more information e-mail the museum at office@wandle.org or telephone 020 8648 0127 and we will get back to you.  

September/October 2020

Merton Discovery Day 26th September 2020


The Merton Discovery Day this year is a series of online activities, talks and much more. Learn about the heritage and history of the London Borough of Merton from the mills along the Wandle, the history of the buildings on Mitcham Cricket Green and the Merton’s Lost Pubs. There is something for everyone with quizzes, virtual walks, talks and much more. Visit this link from 25th September to take part and find out more.

Did You Know?

That Evelyn De Morgan, wife of William, didn’t like living in the country when they were based in Merton Abbey (Colliers Wood).

August 2020

Museum Closed 30th August

As usual on a Bank Holiday weekend the museum will be closed on Sunday 30th August. We reopen again on Wednesday 2nd September at 1pm.

Mitcham Heritage Day 12th September


This annual event is going ahead. More details can be found on their website.
The museum, depending on the weather, will be holding a series of talks outside. These will take place at the rear of the museum. Seats will be available and socially distanced. There will also be displays outside the front of the museum along with a ’shop’ selling items associated with the heritage and history of the people and industries of the Wandle Valley.

Wandle Fortnight


The Wandle Fortnight has a number of events taking place along the whole of the Wandle Valley. There should be something for everyone. For full details visit their website.

Merton Discovery Day 26th September

This annual event, which normally takes place in May, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In its place Sarah Gould Merton Heritage Officer is pulling together a series of activities and events to take place on Saturday 26th September. The museum will be hosting a heritage walk from Mitcham Tram Stop to Morden Hall Snuff Mills between 10:30 and 12:30. Booking will be necessary and full details of how this is done along with everything taking place will be available shortly. Watch this page!

Did You Know?

That the Lower Green West, where the museum is situated, is part of Mitcham Common.

July 2020

Museum Reopening and Staying Covid-19 Secure

The museum will be reopening its doors to the public on Wednesday 5th August 2020. A full Risk Assessment has been made in line with Government Guidelines. Please check our list of frequently asked questions . More details on Contact Tracing Information can be found here.If you are unable to find the answer please contact the museum. As a museum that relies upon its volunteers, there may be days when we may not be able to open due to staffing issues. This may, in particular, affect Sunday opening. So we would advise checking before visiting.

April-July 2020

Museum Closure

In line with the Government guidelines we have taken the decision to close the museum until further notice. The health and welfare of our volunteers, as well as that of the public, is important to us. Our outreach activities have also been suspended.

Activities such our social media activity, website and news bulletin will continue. We are also looking at other activities that we can do remotely.

The museum can still be contacted by telephone or e-mail. Thank you for your understanding in this difficult period.

Free Online Books Available

To help you with the current lockdown and the government Stay At Home advise we have produced to booklets to help keep you busy. These are a Colouring Book based on images we use for our Stained Glass sessions and a book of Word Searches based on the people and industries of the Wandle Valley. Both are free to download. Please have fun. Click to download.
WIM Colouring Book
WIM Word Search Book

History and Heritage Fix

Are you missing getting your history and heritage fix? Do you have a smart phone? Then start to follow the museum on Instagram (wim_wandle). Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday we post a picture with information about it from our archive so why not join those from around the world who follow us.
If you don't have an Instagram set one up by downloading the app. Once done you can access your account on your PC as well as your phone.

Shop Orders

Orders are currently delayed due to the museum closure. All orders will be fulfilled once we are able to reopen. In the meanwhile please accept our apology.