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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

In the mid 1980s volunteers from the museum undertook the removal of the last remaining gate to Merton Priory. Almost 900 years old the gate is now in storage at the museum.

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

30 Years of the Wandle Trail

In September this year we will celebrate the first official walk along the Wandle Trail that took place in 1988. The first Wandle trail map was produced:

Did you take part in the first walk which attracted over 200 people? Do you have any special memories of the Wandle Trail? What does the Wandle Trail mean to you?

Please let us have your thoughts and memories for a special edition of our quarterly bulletin later in the year. Send them to us in the post or e-mail them to us at

Melanie's Spring Walks

Our volunteer Melanie Nunzet has announced her new programme of walks. Including walks along the Wandle and over Mitcham Common there is something for everyone. Click here for full details.

Resources for Schools

The museum is pleased to announce that we have produced a number of information sheets for Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers. These include (1) Water Wheel and Water Mills, (2) William Morris at Merton, (3) Natural Resources for Dyeing and (4) The River Wandle.

The sheets may be found on our Outreach page.

Did You Know?

That Harland's, varnish makers based at Phipps Bridge, supplied several gallons of white enamel for use on board the Titanic.