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News Archive

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

The News Archive for August and September 2021 is unavailable.

June/July 2021

The Wandle Industrial Museum is hosting the first Wandle Art Festival in the grounds around its building. A number of artists, photographers, craft makers and print makers along with other artistic people have joined together to celebrate the River Wandle and the Wandle Valley. The event will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th July from 12-5pm. Covid restrictions will be in place along Government guidelines. We hope you will be able to come along and enjoy some wonderful work.

Programme of talks and other sessions. 

 

Saturday 10th July 2021 

12:00               Opening by Mayor of Merton  

12:30               The Dreaming River Band Part One  

13:15               Talk: The Wandle Portrayed - Alison Cousins followed with                         Poetry readings by Jimmy Lin 

14:15               Talk: Fiona McKelvie – Textile Connections, Linen, Liberty and                         More. 

15:00               The Dreaming River Band Part Two 

15:45               Talk: Nicola Troll – Etchings and Printmaking 

 

Sunday 11th July 2021 

12:15               The Dreaming River Band Part One 

13:15               Talk: The Wandle Portrayed - Alison Cousins followed with                         Poetry readings by Jimmy Lin 

14:15               The Dreaming River Band Part Two 

15:00               Talk: Nicola Troll – Etchings and Printmaking 

 

The following artists, photographers, craft makers and organisations are attending. 

Joanne Sharpe - Mitcham Schools Mural Project⁠ 

Mitcham Camera Club⁠ 

Neringa Paulauhyte - Artist⁠ 

Nicola Troll - Etching and Printmaking⁠ 

Kevin Ireland - Artist and Photography⁠ 

Denise Rodley - Craft Work⁠ 

Portia Dadley - Made In Merton Project⁠ 

Dr Simon Joseph - Photography⁠ 

Ruta Astani - Artist⁠ 

May 2021

Museum Reopening 

The museum will be reopening its doors to the public on Wednesday 19th May at 1pm. Sunday reopening will commence from 6th June. Some restrictions will still be in place, face coverings and visitor details will be required. Numbers in the museum at any one time may also be limited. 

Mary Hart 

It is with great sadness to tell you that Mary Hart passed away on the 7th May. Mary was much loved by all who knew her. She was a great supporter of the work of the museum not only as a member but for many years as a volunteer. She had an in-depth knowledge of block printing and the textile industry and during her time volunteering at the museum she ran many workshops with school children and adult groups. Children would remember her, and she them, when she ran her block printing sessions at her other love the Merton Priory Chapter House. We are lucky that she passed on her knowledge to other volunteers who can carry on her work. Many will remember her catering skills including each Merton Mayor who attended our annual exhibition opening. They would receive a cake made by Mary celebrating the new exhibition. She was also crowned a marmalade world champion. 

A tribute page has been set up for Mary and this can be found at https://mary-hart-2021.muchloved.com/ Her funeral will be family only. A celebration of Mary's life will take place at a later date in The Chapter House. 

Our condolences are with her husband Nicholas, sons David and Michael and the rest of her family and friends. 

 

Thank you to all those people who have expressed an interest in taking part in this, the first Wandle Art Festival. We are currently putting into place the final activities to enable the festival to go ahead on the 10th and 11th July. In the mean while please put the dates in your diary. The festival will run from midday on each day. 

 

Wandsworth Heritage Festival 

The festival is due to take place from 29th May until 13th June. Our volunteer John Sheridan will be leading a walk along the Wandle from Earlsfield to Wandsworth on Thursday 3rd June from 11am. Booking is required. Please email John at john.sheridan08@gmail.com if you would like to join him. 

A recorded version of the walk is also available at https://youtu.be/GuIGmpUlszQ 

Another online talk from the museum ‘From Industry Homes’ is also part of the festival. This can be seen at https://youtu.be/fcNEqv6gr9I 

Full details of what is happening for the festival can be found at: 

https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/news/wandsworth-heritage-festival-2021# 

 

The Calico People  

Our volunteer Mick Taylor will be giving an online talk on this subject for The Friends of Honeywood House on 27th May from 19:30. Details of how to book can be found at https://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/events.html# 

April 2021

Wandle Art Festival

The museum is holding a art festival to celebrate the River Wandle, its people and its industries. We are inviting all artists, photographers or those who work in any other art form to take part. If you are interested in being part of this event then please complete this Notification of Interest .

The form should be returned signed by e-mail – office@wandle.org or by post to: 


Wandle Industrial Museum,
Vestry Hall Annexe,
London Road,
Mitcham,
Surrey
CR4 3UD 


Museum Reopening 

Given the government roadmap out of lockdown the museum is hoping that it will be able to reopen its doors to the public on Wednesday the 19th May 2021. 

 

Additions to Our Shop Range 

The museum has added the following items to its shop range. 

 

A Pouch for your Glasses 

These are handmade and feature the Liberty Hera pattern. They are available at £8 each. 

 

Canvas bags decorated with a William Morris Golden Lily pattern. They come with either a pocket on one side or a heart and bounder. 

Each version of the bag sells for £5.00. 

 

To order either item please visit our shop page and complete the order form. 

 

Museum Jigsaw Page 

Do you enjoy completing jigsaws then why on have a go at our online puzzles? These can be found by clicking on this  link

 

Oral History 

We have been adding to our You Tube channels. Check out the shirt oral histories that we have added. You will all these and more on our  You Tube Channel

January – March 2021

The Museum is currently closed.

As a result of the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and Government restrictions the museum is currently closed. We are still able to deal with any enquiries and in research. Please e-mail the museum (office@wandle.org) or telephone 020 8648 0127 where you can leave a message. Information about reopening will be shown here when the situation changes. In the meanwhile, please keep safe and follow the rules.