Wandsworth Museum, 2014
Wandsworth Museum, 2014
The museum during redevelopment in 2009
The museum during redevelopment in 2009

Wandsworth Museum was a local museum in the London Borough of Wandsworth, southwest London, England.[1] This community museum covered the cultural and social history of Wandsworth, especially artefacts 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.[4] It was registered as a charity in 2008 until removal in 2017.[5] The Wandsworth Museum was folded into the Battersea Arts Collection to form the BAC Moving Museum.[6]

Battersea Arts Centre gave the collection back to Wandsworth Council in 2021 saying "Along with many arts organisations, we lost 50% of our annual income due to the pandemic, and this period has had a significant impact on our available resources, including our ability to successfully fundraise for the Wandsworth Borough Collection." [7]

Building and exhibits

Elizabeth Clasper. "Vase of Lilies"
Elizabeth Clasper. "Vase of Lilies"

Wandsworth Museum was based at the low-rise but tall-storied Victorian stone-embellished public building — the former West Hill Reference Library — 38 West Hill, Wandsworth between 2010 and 2016.[1][8] The museum was a function of the local authority.[9]

The museum displayed 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. For a few years until 2014 it featured the De Morgan Centre, with exhibits of the ceramics of William De Morgan and of the paintings of Evelyn De Morgan.[citation needed]

See also


  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. ^ "Wandsworth Museum". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Wandsworth Museum Company Limited, registered charity no. 1126383". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  6. ^ "Battersea Arts Centre seeks new artistic director after David Jubb stands down". the Guardian. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  7. ^ "THE WANDSWORTH BOROUGH COLLECTION IS MOVING ON". Battersea Arts Centre. 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ Mason, Ian (25 August 2010). "Wandsworth Museum to reopen in new West Hill home". Wandsworth Guardian. Your Local Guardian, UK. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  9. ^ Smith, Charlie Mason (1 September 2010). "New Wandsworth Museum opens". Wandsworth Borough Council, UK. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
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