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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

Painting of Middle Mill, an octagonal smock mill

Middle Mill at Wandsworth had the only windmill, an octagonal smock mill, along the River Wandle. It was in use for around 50 years from 1750.

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


Banner image for Wandle Fortnight

The Wandle Valley will be having a Super September. The Wandle Fortnight sees many activities, talks and events taking place. A full list of what is taking place can be found in the festival brochure.

The fortnight kicks off for the museum with the Mitcham Heritage Day on the 9th September. The museum will be open on that day from 10am until 4:30pm.

Poster for Mitcham Heritage Day

To see what is happening on the day click on the picture.

The museum will be at the Merton Priory Chapter House on the weekend of 16th/17th September giving demonstrations on Block Printing. Pay us a visit and produce your own print.

Photo of visitors at museum

The Merton Heritage Centre is supporting the fortnight with two displays and a talk on the 23rd September.

Poster for Wandle Fortnight at Merton Heritage Centre

Why not spend the last day of Wandle Fortnight with our volunteer Melanie who has arranged a number of walks and activities including stained glass colouring at St Mary's Church, Beddington Park.

Poster for Melanie's walksPhoto of boy taking part in stained glass colouring

Before all of this there is an exhibition 'Discovering the Source of the River Wandle' at Merton Heritage Centre running until the 5th September.

Poster for Discovering the Source exhibition

Did You Know?

That the mills that produced dye for the textile industry were known as Drug Mills.