Throughout 2014 – 2015, The Building Exploratory worked alongside 28 local volunteers to research and map over 60 historical, industrial and natural treasures of the River Wandle.
Along with visiting all of the Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and Sutton borough archives and heritage centres, the treasures team gathered information from the V&A Museum, William Morris Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Wandle Industrial Museum and Merton Priory Chapter House. Treasures include William Morris’s “Wandle Print”, an 18th Century Snuff Mill in Morden Hall Park and a Grade II listed brewery at the Wandle delta.
Following talks at Wandsworth and Croydon Heritage Festivals in 2014, a celebration was held in August 2015 at the Wheelhouse in Merton Abbey Mills, where a beautiful hand-drawn map displaying the treasures was presented. The Wandle Treasures map was re-launched at Wimbledon Arts Space during the 2017 Merton Arts Festival before going on a tour of public libraries, art spaces and museums across Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth for the remainder of the Living Wandle Partnership (March 2018.)
This project was part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.