News Desk

Visits to the Museum

Visitors to the Museum have been consistent over the winter period. We were pleased to receive a party from Cricket Green School in February. As part of the school's Art and Craft Week, they were keen to learn about the art of William Morris and Arthur Liberty, and try their hand at block printing. Meg represented us at their subsequent assembly, where their work was displayed. In March we expect two visits from St Teresa's RC Primary School for Textile Workshops.


Ellie on collection duty at Savacentre

Ellie on collection duty at Savacentre [Full image 29.5kb]

The Christmas Party - founder member Charles Ford, seen here with Mary Hart, and Mrs Ford

The Christmas Party - founder member Charles Ford, seen here with Mary Hart, and Mrs Ford [Full image 29.5kb]

- On Sunday 19 December the Museum held their annual Fund Raising Day at the Savacentre and raised 160 for the Museum funds. Thanks to all volunteers who helped on that day.

- Launch of the John Feeney Drinking Fountain at Wandle Park on January 15th.

Volunteers Marguerite Lee-Delisle and Eric Shaw attended the ceremony performed by special guest June Whitfield. Marguerite had kindly supplied the historical background information required for the drinking fountain. The whole project was organised by Groundwork Merton and we were glad to be of help.

The Museum on TV

See MAM update for news about our involvement in the Time team program broadcast earlier in February, and the Surrey Iron Railway Update for the TV broadcast on the Discovery Channel.

Investing in Volunteers

The last Volunteers lunch meeting was in February and was very successful with refreshments kindly provided by Mary Hart. Ideas for this year's Volunteers' Outing were discussed and another trip to the Theatre is hoped to be arranged in the spring.

Members' Event


A very successful Christmas Party was held in the Museum with mulled wine and mince pies provided by our Chairman the Reverend Andrew Wakefield and Mary Hart. With the Museum Office decorated with Christmas decorations and crackers to pull a great time was had by all!

A visit to the National records Office in Kew has been arranged for Saturday March 29th. Arrangements are that a minibus has been ordered, at a fixed price of 6 return, leaving from 100 Cannon Hill Lane at about 1.00 pm on the day. Please contact Ray Leyden (07956-683270) if you wish to book a seat (spaces are limited to 11, so book early!).

A visit to the Red House in Bexleyheath has been proposed. William Morris lived here for five years from 1859 and the house has recently been purchased by the National Trust.


Thank you to the many members who paid the subscriptions promptly after the November Newsletter. For those who did not respond we enclose a reminder form and payment form and payment would be very much appreciated.

Sunday opening Roster

Once again we call upon members and friends to help us man the Museum for our Sunday openings. It's only for three hours once a month and tea and coffee is provided, so please add your name to the list and send it back to us or telephone the Museum on 02086480127. We hope to hear from you!

Sheila Harris February 2003

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