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Visits to the Museum:

Magical History Tour

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The main visit to the Museum was on May 11th when 48 visitors on the Borough's "Magical History Tour" came to the Museum for the first visit of their day.

They were all extremely interested in the exhibits and displays and wished us good luck in our future plans to move to Ravensbury Mill. The tour was moving on to Merton Heritage Centre, Southside House in Wimbledon and Wimbledon Tennis Museum. The Coach Tour is organised each year during Museums Month in May by Sarah Gould, Merton's Heritage Officer. Thanks to all Volunteers , who helped to make this visit a great success, and to Sarah for organising the day and including our Museum in her itinerary.


Morden Hall Park

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The Countryside and Crafts Comes to Town May Fayre at Morden Hall Park was once again a very successful event with the Museum raising over 300 from sales and donations.

Thanks to all volunteers who manned the stalls and helped to make this event a great success. Special thanks to volunteers Meg Thomas and Stephen Ashcroft for designing and mounting our display William Morris - Homes and Gardens which created a lot of interest.

William Morris Day at Merton Abbey Mills: as part of the celebrations for William Morris' birthday, volunteers Mary Hart and Auriel Glanville held a printing workshop at Merton Abbey Mills at which adults and children had ago at doing their own printing.

William Morris Day

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William Morris Day

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William Morris Day

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Members Events:


Unfortunately the visit planned to Honeywood Heritage Centre in Carshalton had to be cancelled and may be rescheduled in the autumn.


The next members' event will be on Saturday 29th June when we shall go on a Wandsworth River Wandle Walk and make a visit to the new De Morgan Centre at West Hill [see article). For this very interesting afternoon we shall meet at 2.00pm on the Wandle Bridge at Wandsworth opposite the Arndale Centre. Please ring Mary Hart on 8542 7534 if you would like to come.

For the Wandsworth River Wandle Walk we shall be following the new Wandsworth Town Heritage Trail recently published by the Wandsworth Challenge Partnership. The De Morgan Centre was officially opened on 1lth April to critical acclaim. So do come and visit these two new Wandsworth attractions.


The Annual General Meeting has been planned for Thursday 26 September, so put this date down in your diaries now.

Dates for your Diary:

Mitcham Carnival Saturday 8th June from 10.30-5.00pm.Helpers needed please.

Wimbledon Village Fair Saturday June 22nd, 10.30-5.30pm. It has been decided to book a pitch at this event for the first time this year. This will be a new venue for the Museum and a chance to meet a new audience. Helpers welcome.

Investing in Volunteers:

All the Policies and Procedures needed for our assessment have now been completed by Nicholas and put into a very large Evidence File. We are now waiting to hear from the Assessors who come to the Museum to see this file and to meet the Administrator and various Volunteers, and to see how our Policies are put into practice. We have held our first Quarterly Volunteers' Meeting in April which was held at lunchtime with refreshments provided. Twelve volunteers attended and Nicholas explained the purpose of the meetings.

Then Volunteers were able to put forward suggestions to go onto the agenda for the next Management Committee Meeting.

To celebrate our participation in the Investing In Volunteers Project we are having a Volunteers' Outing to see a Music Hall Matinee at Wimbledon Theatre.

There are still some people who have not yet renewed their subscription for 2000-2001. Prompt payment would be appreciated.

Sunday Openings Roster:

We need more volunteers for Sundays from July-December. Please phone the Museum if you are able to help.

S.Harris 11/5/02

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