Discover the heritage of Merton
Merton has a rich and colourful past. The borough has been home to many famous people,
from politicians and military figures, to pioneering scientists, artists, writers and entertainers. Merton has played a major part in the development of new technology from industrial processes and horticultural advancement, to transport links and the media. The borough also has strong cultural associations ranging from theatre and the literary world, to fine architecture, music and sport.
Home of the Merton Memories project, the centre tells the story of Merton and its people through
a changing programme of exhibitions and events. It also provides access to a wide range of historical resources, help with local history enquiries and a range of educational services for schools and community groups.
For and about the people of Wimbledon, past and present, the museum cover 3000 years of local history. Knowledgeable volunteers can assist with local history enquiries, drawing on a rich collection of documents, objects and artwork. The museum website also provides access to over 3000 historic images of Wimbledon, Merton, Morden, Mitcham and the River Wandle.
The museum shows how the River Wandle powered much of the early industry in Merton from snuff milling and leather processing, to dyeing and fabric printing. Displays feature the famous Liberty and William Morris workshops at Merton, Mitcham's lavender industry and the Surrey Iron Railway.