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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

Picture of The Grotto, a spring to the River Wandle by Peter Harris

The museum has a collection of drawings by the late Peter Harris. This is his picture of The Grotto in Carshalton Park. Built in 1725 it's spring was the Carshalton source of water to the River Wandle. It now rarely provides water to the river. The last occasion was in 2012.

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

Exciting new Wandle Valley project

Brewing Along The Wandle

Photo of Merton mayor opening our new exhibition

Our new exhibition was opened on the 10th June 2017 by the Mayor of Merton Cllr Marsie Skeete. Giving the history of the brewing industry along the River Wandle you will learn about the small, and not so small, brewers that used the river and populated its banks. Find out about how they slowly merged into the large companies that we know today. There is also a section on the growing number of micro breweries that are appearing within the Wandle Valley.

Volunteers Week

Photo of assorted volunteers

To celebrate Volunteers Week from 1-7 June our volunteers and their families were treated to tea and cake at Morden Hall Park Stable Block. This was followed by a walk across the new boardwalk over the wetlands. Without the support and help of volunteers the museum wouldn't exist. If you are interested in heritage and feel you could bring something to the museum then please complete our online application form.

We've Been Busy!

Photo of museum volunteer with schoolchildren

The last few months have certainly been a busy time for the museum. We have been out giving talks to a number of groups, demonstrating and talking about block printing to groups and schools, as well as leading walks looking at the history of the river. Other than the block printing demonstrations we do not charge for our activities. We do however always welcome donations. If your school or group would be interested in talk, walk or demonstration then please contact the museum. Visit our Outreach page for more information.

Mitcham Cricket Green

The annual 'Community on the Green' is due to take place on Wednesday 26th July 2017. To find out more visit their website at mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk.

Did You Know?

St Mary's Church in Merton Park has four stained glass windows made at the Morris Works.