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December 2020

Additions to our shop range

                 

      One of our new fridge Magnets                                        One of our new coasters


Ready for Christmas and want something different for a stocking filler or small present we are pleased to announce a number of new items to our shop range. Now available is a range of coasters, new fridge magnets, a Wandle Quiz book, two Wandle Word Search books, Lavender greeting cards and Lavender Water. Check out our shop page.


The museum is pleased to be able to supply copies of the Friends of Mitcham Common 2020 calendar. The calendar includes a number of images of the common including a piano in the woods! It is available at £10 plus £1.50 postage. Local delivery within Mitcham and Morden is free or can be collected from the museum once we reopen. To order the calendars please send a cheque to the museum with your name and address.

New Film and Presentations 

We’ve added some new films and presentations to our You Tube channel . Learn about the Art and Literature of the River Wandle, take a trip to visit William Morris and revisit the River and Cloth project. You can find the full list of titles in our Photo Gallery page

Walk in Lockdown 

If you are missing walking the Wandle Trail then visit the walks we have on the IZI Travel app. These walks can be used when you are physically out and about or be viewed from home. There are three Wandle Trail walks available and another from Merton Heritage Service that covers the mills along the Merton section of the River Wandle. Find these all at IZI Travel).

London Sound Survey 

Missing the sounds of the Wandle? Then why not visit this map from the London Sound Survey and listen to the sounds of the Wandle. Click on the map to be able to access the sounds.

Volunteer Needed 

The museum is looking for a volunteer who has some knowledge and experience in working with Gift Aid. The volunteer will be required to set up the system, make a gift aid claim on behalf of the museum, and show existing volunteers how it works. This may suit someone who is on furlough or someone who is looking for a short term volunteer role. 

For more information e-mail the museum at office@wandle.org or telephone 020 8648 0127 and we will get back to you.  

November 2020

Museum Reopening

Should the Government restrictions, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, be lifted on the 2nd December the museum will be open on the following days in December:
Sunday 5th and 12th December
Wednesday 9th and 16th December
Normal opening will apply Wednesday 1-4pm and Sunday 2-5pm.

Annual General Meeting

The museum is required by its constitution to hold its AGM annually, and under current rules that means within nine months of its financial year end on 31st March. Under our constitution only the Trustees are required to vote. To enable the AGM to take place, in line with our constitution, it will be held by the Trustees on the 3rd December 2020. Whilst this is not our normal AGM event with refreshments and a speaker it will enable us to meet our rules. Members and volunteers will receive all the normal information presented at the AGM prior to the 3rd December.

New Accreditation Mentor

The museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Harper of Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service as our Accreditation Mentor. She has much experience in the museum sector with a wide range of skills and knowledge. We look forward to working with her. Emma replaces Chris Taft of the Postal Museum who worked with the museum for over ten years. We would like to express our thanks to Chris for the excellent work and advise he has given the museum in that time.

Additions to our shop range

                 

      One of our new fridge Magnets                                        One of our new coasters


Ready for Christmas and want something different for a stocking filler or small present we are pleased to announce a number of new items to our shop range. Now available is a range of coasters, new fridge magnets, a Wandle Quiz book, two Wandle Word Search books, Lavender greeting cards and Lavender Water. Check out our shop page.


The museum is pleased to be able to supply copies of the Friends of Mitcham Common 2020 calendar. The calendar includes a number of images of the common including a piano in the woods! It is available at £10 plus £1.50 postage. Local delivery within Mitcham and Morden is free or can be collected from the museum once we reopen. To order the calendars please send a cheque to the museum with your name and address.

New Film and Presentations 

We’ve added some new films and presentations to our You Tube channel . Learn about the Art and Literature of the River Wandle, take a trip to visit William Morris and revisit the River and Cloth project. You can find the full list of titles in our Photo Gallery page

Walk in Lockdown 

If you are missing walking the Wandle Trail then visit the walks we have on the IZI Travel app. These walks can be used when you are physically out and about or be viewed from home. There are three Wandle Trail walks available and another from Merton Heritage Service that covers the mills along the Merton section of the River Wandle. Find these all at IZI Travel).

London Sound Survey 

Missing the sounds of the Wandle? Then why not visit this map from the London Sound Survey and listen to the sounds of the Wandle. Click on the map to be able to access the sounds.

Volunteer Needed 

The museum is looking for a volunteer who has some knowledge and experience in working with Gift Aid. The volunteer will be required to set up the system, make a gift aid claim on behalf of the museum, and show existing volunteers how it works. This may suit someone who is on furlough or someone who is looking for a short term volunteer role. 

For more information e-mail the museum at office@wandle.org or telephone 020 8648 0127 and we will get back to you.  

September/October 2020

Merton Discovery Day 26th September 2020


The Merton Discovery Day this year is a series of online activities, talks and much more. Learn about the heritage and history of the London Borough of Merton from the mills along the Wandle, the history of the buildings on Mitcham Cricket Green and the Merton’s Lost Pubs. There is something for everyone with quizzes, virtual walks, talks and much more. Visit this link from 25th September to take part and find out more.

Did You Know?

That Evelyn De Morgan, wife of William, didn’t like living in the country when they were based in Merton Abbey (Colliers Wood).

August 2020

Museum Closed 30th August

As usual on a Bank Holiday weekend the museum will be closed on Sunday 30th August. We reopen again on Wednesday 2nd September at 1pm.

Mitcham Heritage Day 12th September


This annual event is going ahead. More details can be found on their website.
The museum, depending on the weather, will be holding a series of talks outside. These will take place at the rear of the museum. Seats will be available and socially distanced. There will also be displays outside the front of the museum along with a ’shop’ selling items associated with the heritage and history of the people and industries of the Wandle Valley.

Wandle Fortnight


The Wandle Fortnight has a number of events taking place along the whole of the Wandle Valley. There should be something for everyone. For full details visit their website.

Merton Discovery Day 26th September

This annual event, which normally takes place in May, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In its place Sarah Gould Merton Heritage Officer is pulling together a series of activities and events to take place on Saturday 26th September. The museum will be hosting a heritage walk from Mitcham Tram Stop to Morden Hall Snuff Mills between 10:30 and 12:30. Booking will be necessary and full details of how this is done along with everything taking place will be available shortly. Watch this page!

Did You Know?

That the Lower Green West, where the museum is situated, is part of Mitcham Common.

July 2020

Museum Reopening and Staying Covid-19 Secure

The museum will be reopening its doors to the public on Wednesday 5th August 2020. A full Risk Assessment has been made in line with Government Guidelines. Please check our list of frequently asked questions . More details on Contact Tracing Information can be found here.If you are unable to find the answer please contact the museum. As a museum that relies upon its volunteers, there may be days when we may not be able to open due to staffing issues. This may, in particular, affect Sunday opening. So we would advise checking before visiting.

April-July 2020

Museum Closure

In line with the Government guidelines we have taken the decision to close the museum until further notice. The health and welfare of our volunteers, as well as that of the public, is important to us. Our outreach activities have also been suspended.

Activities such our social media activity, website and news bulletin will continue. We are also looking at other activities that we can do remotely.

The museum can still be contacted by telephone or e-mail. Thank you for your understanding in this difficult period.

Free Online Books Available

To help you with the current lockdown and the government Stay At Home advise we have produced to booklets to help keep you busy. These are a Colouring Book based on images we use for our Stained Glass sessions and a book of Word Searches based on the people and industries of the Wandle Valley. Both are free to download. Please have fun. Click to download.
WIM Colouring Book
WIM Word Search Book

History and Heritage Fix

Are you missing getting your history and heritage fix? Do you have a smart phone? Then start to follow the museum on Instagram (wim_wandle). Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday we post a picture with information about it from our archive so why not join those from around the world who follow us.
If you don't have an Instagram set one up by downloading the app. Once done you can access your account on your PC as well as your phone.

Shop Orders

Orders are currently delayed due to the museum closure. All orders will be fulfilled once we are able to reopen. In the meanwhile please accept our apology.

March 2020

New Shop Items

We have a range of block prints available. All are framed. For full please see our Shop.

Also available are museum T-Shirts with our classic logo.

Frank Kitz

This gentleman was a block printer who worked at the factory of William Morris at Merton Abbey. The Summerstown 182 group have been looking into the history of Kitz and information can be found on their website at https://summerstown182.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/frank-kitzs-wandle-wake-up/ of a walk that took place and of a plaque in his honour.

January/February 2020

Free School Workshops

We offer free workshops to schools. Children have the opportunity to learn about the traditional art of block printing, look at the designs of William Morris and those sold by Liberty's of London and make they own print to take away. They also get the opportunity to handle objects used in the printing of textiles. There is also a tour of the museum to learn about the various industries and people of the Wandle Valley.

To book your school e-mail us at office@wandle.org or call us on 020 8648 0127.

Volunteers Needed

The museum is always pleased to welcome new volunteers. Volunteers are currently needed to help with managing this website and our social media activity, and to man our front of house on a Sunday. Knowldge of the River Wandle, its industries and people is not required. You will learn about these on the job.

If interested in joining us please visit the museum on a Wednesday afternoon, e-mail us at office@wandle.org or call the museum on 020 8648 0127.

Did You Know?

There were many disputes over water from the River Wandle between mill owners dating back to the 1500s.

December 2019

There is no archive information for this month.

November 2019

Changing the View

Portia Dadley, Councillor Edward Foley, Dominic Fagan, and Siobhan Kneale.

In 2018 the museum were awarded a Tesco Bags of Help award to change the view of the museum building. Along with funds from museum activities it gave us the opportunity to create mural panels for our previously vandalised windows and install planters at the front of the museum.

Artist Portia Dadley working with designer Dominic Fagan, supported by our volunteer Siobhan Kneale, created a design inspired by the William Morris “Wandle” pattern. The artwork was officially unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edward Foley, on 17th November 2019.

Trustee of the Year Award

The museum was delighted to learn of an award to John Hawks at the recent Merton Volunteer Service Centre Trustee of the Year awards. John walked away with the Silver Award. This is testimony to the amount of work and commitment John has made to the Merton Priory Trust and more recently the Wandle Industrial Museum.

Christmas and New Year Opening

The museum will be closed from the 18th December 2019. We will open again on Wednesday 15th January 2020. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Richard Bellamy

We were sad to learn of the recent passing of our member Richard Bellamy. Along with his wife Joyce he was a long time supporter of the work of the museum. Our condolences go to Joyce, the family and those who knew Richard. .

Did You Know?

That the bleaching channels, created by the calico and textile industry, were turned over to watercress when chemical bleaching was introduced in the 1860s.

October 2019

New Talks Now Available

The museum is pleased to announce that we now have two new talks available. Talks are given free of charge. Donations are welcomed. The two new talks are:

The Wandle Portrayed in Art and Literature

This illustrated talk looks at how artists and writers have been inspired to paint and write about the River Wandle. Looking back over the centuries it brings us up to date on how people today are still captured by the beauty of the Wandle Valley. The talk includes items from our archive and collections.

People and Families of the Wandle Valley

The River Wandle has long been an attraction to individuals and their families. Some have come to work and have their business on the banks of the river others have decided to live by the river. This talk tells the story of some famous names and those lesser known people who have lived and worked in the Wandle Valley.

Walks Available

The museum have organised a series of walks for groups over the last couple of years including two for this years Wandle Fortnight in September. A number of walks are available - see the Outreach section of our website - they can also be tailored to meet a groups needs. All walks are given free of charge. Donations are welcome.

For more information or to book a walk please e-mail the museum or call us.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019 in the Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham at 7:30pm. Our speaker this year Fiona McKelvie McBurney and Black who will be talking about “Textile Connections; Linen, Liberty and more.” Further information will sent to members and volunteers.

Mictham Common Leaflets Now Available

The Mitcham Common Conservators have produced a series of five leafets and maps outlining specific parts of Mitcham Common. Copies of these are available at the museum. More information on the leafets is available on their website click here.

Did You Know?

The museum moved into our temporary home in 1991.