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May 2019 Archive 1

Update on Museum Closure

The museum is still currently closed to visitors. We are waiting for a new wiring for our electricity system to be installed. The work has been surveyed by the Facilities Management Team at Merton Council and we understand, but not confirmed, that a contract has been placed for the work to be done. Hopefully the work will start shortly? So please continue to monitor this website and our Facebook page for updates.

Merton Heritage Centre Discovery Day

This event is taking place onSaturday 11th May from 12:30pm until 4:30pm at Morden Library, London Road, Morden, Surrey. There are displays from the many heritage and other organisations from across the London Borough of Merton, activities and fun for young and old, and a series of talks. What better way is there than to learn about the history of where you live.

The Canons Archaeological Dig

Fancy getting your hands dirty and uncovering a piece of history? Then why not join a team of people at The Canons, Mitcham is digging up parts of the East Lawn to see what is there. The dig is taking place on the 23rd, 24th and 25th May.

Secret Rivers

The museum is very excited about a new exhibition that is opening at the Museum of London Docklands on the 24th May. Covering the rivers of London it will include the River Wandle. Not that the Wandle is as secret as some other rivers around London. Want to know more than get along to what we are sure will be a great exhibition. To find more about the exhibition and what else is happening go to:

Merton Priory: The Chapter House

Our friends at The Priory Trust are opening the doors of The Chapter House to visitors on every Sunday until the 27th October. This is a gem of a piece of history. Home to England's first parliament, the crowning of Henry VI and where some of our laws were refined. Stand amongst the monks in the counting house of the richest priory in Surrey.

The Trust is also on the look out for volunteers to help it open. Even a couple of hours of your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in being a volunteer then send an e-mail to:

Did You Know?

The Ashby family who had mills at Carshalton and Mitcham Bridge also owned Brixton Mill.

April 2019

Update on Museum Closure

As you may be aware the museum is currently closed for visitors. This is because we have no electricity in the building. This is the result of squirrels eating our cables! All our other activities and outreach work is still continuing as normal. We are in talks with Merton Council and at the moment waiting for their proposals to resolve the situation. Do check back with us for the latest news.

Did You Know?

After the Second World War the Merton Board Mills took over the site of the Morris Works.

March 2019

Important Notice for Visitors

Due to issues out of our control the museum is currently unable to receive visitors. We are trying to resolve the situation as soon as we can. Once we are in a position to reopen there will information posted on this website and our Facebook page. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mrs Jacqueline Tucker

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Mrs Jacqueline Tucker (know as Jacqui or Mrs T), who was a long-time member, volunteer and friend to the Wandle Industrial Museum for a great number of years passed away in her sleep on 5th March 2019. The Museum offers their condolences to the family and friends of Jacqui for their loss. Details of the funeral service, for anyone would like to attend, is given below.

A cremation will take place on Tuesday, 26th March 2019, at 1.00 p.m. at West Chapel, Putney Vale Cemetery, Stag Lane, London SW15 3DZ. Please dress informally. There will be family flowers only as Jacqueline particularly requested donations to either Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) or The Royal British Legion.

A celebration of Jacqui’s life will take place after the funeral at: The Old Ruts Rugby Club, The Clubhouse, Poplar Road, Merton Park, SW19 3JS

Did You Know?

The saying "Tenter Hooks" comes from the hooks used to hang cloth from frames in the textile industry.

February 2019

The museum is currently offering our Textile Workshop for schools free of charge. Covering the 300 year history of the textile industry along the Wandle Valley children will learn about the art of block printing, and have the opportunity to make their own print. They will have the chance to handle objects used by the printers and learn about the patterns designed by William Morris and also those sold by Liberty's of London. For more information or to book a workshop e-mail: or call 020 8648 0127.

Melanie's New Walks Programme

Our volunteer Melanie has announched her new programme of walks for this Spring and Summer. To see what she is offering click here. Please note her planned walk for the 23rd Febraury has been cancelled.

Social Media Manager Required

The museum is looking for a volunteer to look after our Social Media activity including this website. The person will be expected to look after our website pages and run our Instagram feed along with our Twitter, You Tube channel, Facebook and FlickR pages. It may sound a lot of work but it isn't. Interested then contact the museum on 020 8648 0127 or e-mail


Did You Know?

That the name Watney, of Watney's Brewing fame, is associated with a number of the mills along the River Wandle.

September 2018 to January 2019

The archive for these months is not available.

July/August 2018

New Chair of Trustees

The museum is pleased to announce that Father David Pennells, vicar of Mitcham Parish Church St Peter and St Paul, has been appointed our new Chair of Trustees.

The Wandle Portrayed: Through Art and Literature

Our new exhibition “The Wandle Portrayed” is a selection of artistic and literary works depicting the river and what it has meant to those who enjoyed it or worked by it, over the years. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Merton Cllr Mary Curtin on the 16th June 2018 pictured here with our Chair of Trustees Father David Pennells.

Tesco Bags for Help

The museum has received a sum of £1000 from this scheme. Thank you to everyone who voted for us during May and June. The money will be invested in improving the external look of our building. Something that is greatly needed.

Celebrating the Wandle Trail

The first official walk of the Wandle Trail led by Colin Saunders took place on the 18th September 1988. To celebrate this event Colin will be leading another walk along the course of the river on the 16th September. In addition there are also a number of shorter walks planned on the same day. For full details click here.

First Audio Walk now available

The first of our planned audio trails is now available. 'Mitcham and Ravensbury Park' covers the historical area around Mitcham Tram Stop and through Ravensbury Park. The audio and map can be downloaded to your mobile phone or tablet. For this trail please go to

Further audio walks will follow shortly including Morden Hall Park and Merton Abbey Mills. So watch this page for further news.

Did You Know?

That in 1834 it was planned to use the water from the River Wandle to supply the whole of London.

June 2018

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.