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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

Ariel photograph of Connolly's Leather Works on the River Wandle

This aerial photograph shows the extent of the Connolly's Leather Works on the River Wandle at Colliers Wood.

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

Bank Holiday Closures

The museum will be closed on the following Sundays during April and May:
Easter Sunday 16th April
May Day Holiday Sunday 30th April
Spring Bank Holiday Sunday 28th May

Exhibition by Turf Projects

Our friends from the Turf Project in Croydon currently have an exhibition in the Stable Block at Morden Hall Park. Weft and Warp is inspired by the textile industries of the River Wandle and runs until the 16th April. To learn more about Turf Project and their work go to

Poster about Weft and Warp exhibition

Mapping the Mills Project

We are pleased to announce that we are working with the Living Wandle Partnership and The Building Exploratory on a project to locate all the mills and works that have existed along the Wandle Valley. There has always been debate about the number of mills that were on the River Wandle. Some estimates have put it at over 100, our map at the museum shows 49 and Braithwaite in his report in 1853 listed 38 mills and 5 other works. A team of volunteers is being put together to work on the project. If you are interested in joining this team then please e-mail the museum.

Photo of volunteer doing research

Melanie's Walks

Our volunteer Melanie Nunzet has announced her Spring and Summer programme of walks. The walks take in much of the River Wandle. For details click here.

Mills of the River Wandle Talk

There will be a talk by our volunteer Mick Taylor to the Merton Historical Society on Saturday 8th April at 2:30 in Christ Church Hall, Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood. Non-members are welcome to attend for an entrance fee of £2.

Image showing a mill on the River Wandle

Merton Heritage Centre

Sarah Gould from the Heritage Centre has arranged a number of talks at West Barnes Library, Motspur Park for the year. The museum is pleased to have been invited to give some of these. Full details of the talks can be found on here.

Did You Know?

That there were five overshot waterwheels on the River Wandle. Three of these were at Waddon Mill.