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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

Merton Board Mills at Merton Abbey

Merton Board Mills at Merton Abbey (Colliers Wood) built on the site of Merton Priory and the Morris & Co Works. It was replaced in the 1980's by the Sava Centre. In the foreground is the Tooting to Wimbledon rail line replaced by Merantun Way when the Sava Centre was built.

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

Museum Bank Holiday Closure

The museum will be closed on Sunday 29th May. We reopen on Wednesday 1st June.

Merton Heritage Discovery Day

This takes place on Saturday 28th May at Morden Library and Heritage Centre from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Along with many other organisations across Merton we will be there promoting and recognising the rich history and heritage of the London Borough of Merton. In addition it is an opportunity to learn more about Merton's involvement during the First World War through the Carved in Stone project.

Image of Merton Heritage Discovery Day poster

Wandsworth Heritage Festival

This festival starts on the 28th May and lasts until 12th June. With many activities and events there should be something to suit everyone. Visit Explore borough's past with Wandsworth Heritage Festival to see the programme and learn more.

Heritage Festival logo

The Calico People

We open our new exhibition about the calico industry and the people who worked in it on the 11th June with a private view event. Pictured here is William Kilburn. The exhibition will be open to the public from Sunday 12th June. Join as a member and you will be invited to private views and other events at the museum. See the membership section of our website.

Painting of William Kilburn

Did you know?

Connolly Leather Works imported its hides from Scandinavia as the cattle roamed free so would not get cut by barbed wire which was used in the UK to contain cattle.