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August 2022

Merton Discovery Day 2022  

This annual event will take palce on Saturday 20th August. There will be lots to see, activities for all and talks to join in with. The museum will be there with a range of information and items to purchase. We are happy to answer any of your questions about the people and industries of the River Wanlde. Full details here

Mitcham Heritage Day  

Taking place on the 10th September this annual event is an opportunity to find out about Mitcham and it's wonderful heritage and history from the oldest cricket club in the world to the Mitcham Fair from Elizabethan times. The museum will be open through out the day from 10am.

Heritage Walks Programme 2022  

We are pleased to announce our walks programme for 2022. All walks are led by our volunteer John Sheridan. To book a place email john.sheridan08@gmail.com. Walks will take place as follows:

Sunday 21st August. From Earlsfield Station to Merton Abbey Mills. Follow some of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway, discover the location of former mills and end with a visit to the remains of the Chapter House of Merton Priory. Meet at Earlsfield Station at 11am.

Thursday 22nd September. From Mitcham Tram Stop to Morden Hall Park. Starting at the start of the remaining part of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway this walk takes in the rich heritage of the area through Ravensbury Park. Along the route of the walk, you will learn about the Wandle’s brewing past, it’s links to trout fishing and to the textile industry plus more. Meet at 11am on South Bound Platform of Mitcham Tram Stop.

July 2022

Wandle Art Festival 2022  

The Wandle Industrial Museum will be hosting the second Wandle Art Festival over the weekend of 9th and 10th July 2022. There will be artists displaying their work, music from The Dreaming River band and others, dance from the Madder Maids, poetry readings and more. Come along and enjoy a weekend of fun.

Croydon Green Days  

We will attending the Croydon Green Spaces event on the 2nd July. At the Central Library, Croydon it should be a great occasion to learnt about the wonderful spaces we have to enjoy in South and South West London. Pop along and enjoy meeting the many stalls at the event.

Heritage Walks Programme 2022  

We are pleased to announce our walks programme for 2022. All walks are led by our volunteer John Sheridan. To book a place email john.sheridan08@gmail.com. Walks will take place as follows:

Saturday 16th July. From Morden Hall Park to Merton Abbey Mills. Starting with the history of Taddy & Co you will learn about the links in this walk with the textile industry that existed on this section of the Wandle from the 1700s finishing at Merton Abbey Mills which was home to the last textile works on the river. Meet at the Snuff Mills at 11am. This is part of a series of activities taking place on the day arranged by the South East Rivers Trust.

Sunday 21st August. From Earlsfield Station to Merton Abbey Mills. Follow some of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway, discover the location of former mills and end with a visit to the remains of the Chapter House of Merton Priory. Meet at Earlsfield Station at 11am.

Thursday 22nd September. From Mitcham Tram Stop to Morden Hall Park. Starting at the start of the remaining part of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway this walk takes in the rich heritage of the area through Ravensbury Park. Along the route of the walk, you will learn about the Wandle’s brewing past, it’s links to trout fishing and to the textile industry plus more. Meet at 11am on South Bound Platform of Mitcham Tram Stop.

June 2022

Wandle Art Festival 2022  

The Wandle Industrial Museum will be hosting the second Wandle Art Festival over the weekend of 9th and 10th July 2022. Anyone who works in any art form, artists, photographers, sculptures, model makers and any other crafts are welcome to take part. We will also welcome music and dance groups as well as poets. To register your interest in taking part please email us at office@wandle.org with your contact details.

Heritage Walks Programme 2022  

We are pleased to announce our walks programme for 2022. All walks are led by our volunteer John Sheridan. To book a place email john.sheridan08@gmail.com. Walks will take place as follows:

Thursday 26th May From Colliers Wood to Earlsfield Station. On this walk you will hear about the well-known places that used leather produced on the Wandle. The history of Wimbledon Mill from its early history to its end days and about the paper worker’s strike. Meet Colliers Wood Station at 11am.

Wednesday 8th June From Earlsfield Station to the Thames at Wandsworth. This walk is part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival. On this occasion this walk will look at the links between sport, the festival’s theme for 2022, and the River Wandle. Meet at Earlsfield Station at 2pm.

Saturday 16th July. From Morden Hall Park to Merton Abbey Mills. Starting with the history of Taddy & Co you will learn about the links in this walk with the textile industry that existed on this section of the Wandle from the 1700s finishing at Merton Abbey Mills which was home to the last textile works on the river. Meet at the Snuff Mills at 11am.

Sunday 21st August. From Earlsfield Station to Merton Abbey Mills. Follow some of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway, discover the location of former mills and end with a visit to the remains of the Chapter House of Merton Priory. Meet at Earlsfield Station at 11am.

Thursday 22nd September. From Mitcham Tram Stop to Morden Hall Park. Starting at the start of the remaining part of the route of the Surrey Iron Railway this walk takes in the rich heritage of the area through Ravensbury Park. Along the route of the walk, you will learn about the Wandle’s brewing past, it’s links to trout fishing and to the textile industry plus more. Meet at 11am on South Bound Platform of Mitcham Tram Stop.

Open Talk  

On the 17th May there is a talk "The Changing Face of the Wandle" at West Barnes Library, Motspur Park from 10:30am. The talk looks at how the River Wandle has been used and changed over the years. Booking is necessary via EventBrite.

Wandsworth Heritage Festival  

We are supporting this years festival with a walk, see above,and a talk. The talk "Sport Along the River Wandle" looks at sporting activities from the past and present along the River Wandle. Some of which are more disturbing than others! Monday 30th May, 6pm at Earlsfield Library. Booking advised, contact Earlsfield Library on 020 8946 2088.

Oral History Project  

The museum would like to capture the memories of those who worked in the industries along the River Wandle. Did you work in one or have a relation who did? If you would like to share what you remember we would like to hear from you. Please call the museum (020 8648 0127) or send us an email (office@wandle.org) and we will get back to you to make arrangements to capture your part in history.

December 2021 to February 2022

Photograph by Alan Hutchings, Mitcham Camera Club.

Christmas and New Year Opening  

Our last day of opening for 2021 will be on Sunday 19th December 2021. We reopen on Wednesday 19th January 2022. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Gift Ideas  

Do you need a stocking filler or a small gift for someone then why not take a look at our shop range. We have bags, glasses cases, coasters and many other items. Call into the museum on a Wednesday or Sunday otherwise drop us your order form and payment and we are send the items to you.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles  

Getting bored over the Christmas and New Year period then why don't you try out our online jigsaw puzzles. Go to Jigsaws to enjoy over 100 images of the Wandle Valley.

William Morris and his Workers at Merton Abbey Talk  

As part of the Merton Historical Society programme Dave Saxby will be speaking about his research into the workers of Morris & Co on the 8th January 2022 at St James Church Hall, Martin Way, Morden at 2:30pm. The talk is open to non-members. Entry £2 free to members. Having worked on the Morris site at Merton Abbey Dave has a great knowledge of the site, its history and its workers.

Oral History Project  

The museum would like to capture the memories of those who worked in the industries along the River Wandle. Did you work in one or have a relation who did? If you would like to share what you remember we would like to hear from you. Please call the museum (020 8648 0127) or send us an email (office@wandle.org) and we will get back to you to make arrangements to capture your part in history.

October/November 2021

Talks, Walks and Workshops  

The museum offers a range of talks on various subjects that relate to the industries and the people of the Wandle Valley. We also offer bespoke walks along the River Wandle for groups. At these you will learn about the history and heritage of many of the places along the route. Our textile print workshop is always popular with groups and looks at the history of the textile industry on the Wandle including William Morris and Liberty of London. We are happy to visit your location to do a talk or run a workshop. If you have the facilities we are happy to speak using Zoom or other conferencing equipment. For full details of our talks click on the 'Outreach' link on the right.

Services To Schools  

We can offer help to schools in a number of areas. This can be looking at the creative art work of William Morris within our textile workshop, each student will get the opportunity to do printing using traditional methods, any aspect of local history, and the geography of the Wandle Valley. Sessions can be put together to suit your needs and requirements. We recommend that your classes visit to get an overall view of the industries and people of the Wandle Valley however we are happy, if required, to visit your school. If you interested please email us at office@wandle.org.

August/September 2021

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