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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

Banner image showing four photos from our new exhibition, 'Brewing along the Wandle'

Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Wandsworth Heritage Festival logo

As part of the festival the museum will be offering the following:

(1) Sunday 4th June – 11.30am

Talk and workshop: Textile Printing in the Wandle Valley

The textile industry along the Wandle Valley was introduced by the Huguenots in the 17th century and remained for the next 300 years. You will have the opportunity to learn about the traditional technique of block printing and the chance to produce your own print.

The session will last for about 90 mins and is FREE (donations welcome).

(2) Tuesday 6th June – 6.30pm

Talk: The Mills of the River Wandle

Mick Taylor will explore the River Wandle's long tradition of manufacturing and industry. In the early 1800s it was described as 'the hardest worked river for its size in the world,' with industries such as corn milling and calico printing punctuating the landscape.

Venue: Earlsfield Library, 276 Magdalen Road SW18 3NY

Talk will last about an hour and a half and is FREE.

Learn more about the Mills of the River Wandle

There is another chance to catch a talk on 'The Mills of the River Wandle' at West Barnes Library on the 20th June. The talk starts at 10:30 and is part of the talks programme at West Barnes that takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

Poster about a talk on the mills of the River Wandle

Volunteers Week

Logo for volunteers week

This takes place between the 1st and 7th June. We would to say thank you to all our volunteers who give their time in supporting our work to keep alive the rich heritage of the industries, and people of the River Wandle.

Did You Know?

That there was once a calico print works inside the grounds of Croydon Old Palace now Whitgift Girls School.