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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 Croydon Old Palace, now Whitgift School, showing the River Wandle flowing past.

This is a picture of Croydon Old Palace, now Whitgift School, showing the River Wandle flowing past. The picture is available to purchase as a postcard.

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

Revd Andrew Wakefield

Photo of Andrew Wakefield

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of our Chair Rev Andrew Wakefield. Andrew passed away on Wednesday 26th October. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all those people he has touched.

A book of condolence is available for people to sign at the Merton Civic Centre.

His funeral takes place at St Andrew's Church, Herbert Road, Wimbledon on Tuesday 15th November at 11am.

Andrew's executors have asked people not to get flowers but would, instead, welcome donations in memory of Andrew to Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project ( You can donate online at

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is taking place on Thursday 10th November 2016 in the Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker this year is John Hawks on 'The Lost Railways of Merton.' The meeting is being attended by the Deputy Mayor of Merton Cllr Stan Anderson. If you would like to attend the talk please e-mail: with your request.

Photo of Vestry Hall

Eric Montague

The museum is sad to learn that Eric Montague has passed away. He was well known for his publications and research into the history and heritage of Mitcham. His books are greatly used at the museum when we require answers to many questions we have on the mills and industries around Mitcham. Our thoughts at this time are with his family, friends and colleagues.

Cover of book by Eric Montague

Map of the Wandle Valley

Our work on the relief map model we have at the museum has now been completed by our volunteer Martin Roberts. There will be an event to formally reopen the model in the near future. Invitations to attend will be sent to members and volunteers in due course.

Photo of Wandle Valley model

Administrator Required

We are on the lookout for a volunteer with administration skills to fill our admin post at the museum. The individual will need to be available to work on a Wednesday either a half day or full day (10am-4pm). If you are interested or know someone who may be then please contact the museum on 020 8648 0127 or e-mail us at

Did You Know

That children who attend The Bermondsey Poor Law Institution for Children at The Old Church House in Merton were occasionally sent out on 'perambulation day' hygienic excursion to the River Wandle. This was one of the few days that the children left the workhouse.