Wandsworth Museum

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Wandsworth Museum, 2014
The museum during redevelopment in 2009

Wandsworth Museum is a local museum in the London Borough of Wandsworth, southwest London, England.[1] This community museum covers the cultural and social history of Wandsworth, especially artifacts and artworks that show contemporary and traditional skills of local people.


In 2007 Wandsworth Museum was suspended, attracting objectors and renewed interest in its collections including objections from the UK Museums Association.[2]

The museum reopened in September 2010 after a three-year closure having gathered promises of £2 million of funding by local philanthropists.[3]

It closed again in 2016, and Wandsworth Council and the Battersea Arts Collection became custodians of the collection [1].

Building and exhibits[edit]

Elizabeth Clasper. "Vase of Lilies"

Wandsworth Museum, since 2010, is based at the low-rise but tall-storied Victorian stone-embellished public building — the former West Hill Reference Library — 38 West Hill, Wandsworth.[1][4] The museum is a function of the local authority.[5]

The museum displays the history of Wandsworth and in part of the rest of the borough through the ages, with artefacts exhibited including an ornate Iron Age shield recovered from the Thames and further collections in its catalogue available for inspection. It for a few years until 2014 featured the De Morgan Centre, with exhibits of the ceramics of William de Morgan and of the paintings of Evelyn De Morgan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Wandsworth Museum review". Time Out London. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  2. ^ Lewis, Caroline (18 January 2007). "Museums Association Objects To Wandsworth Museum Closure". Culture 24, UK. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Wandsworth Museum reopens after local donors pledge £2m". BBC News. BBC London, UK. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  4. ^ Mason, Ian (25 August 2010). "Wandsworth Museum to reopen in new West Hill home". Wandsworth Guardian. Your Local Guardian, UK. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  5. ^ Smith, Charlie Mason (1 September 2010). "New Wandsworth Museum opens". Wandsworth Borough Council, UK. Retrieved 30 March 2011.

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Coordinates: 51°27′26″N 0°12′02″W / 51.4571°N 0.2005°W / 51.4571; -0.2005