Wandsworth Museum

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Wandsworth Museum is a local museum in the London Borough of Wandsworth, southwest London, England.[1] The museum is a community museum, covering the cultural and social history of Wandsworth, especially with respect to contemporary and traditional skills of local people, using artefacts and artworks.

In 2007, Wandsworth Museum was in danger of permanent closure, although there were objections by the UK Museums Association.[2] However, the museum reopened in September 2010 after a three year closure period and with the promise of £2 million of funding by local philanthropists.[3] It is now located on a new site at 38 West Hill in Wandsworth.[1][4] The museum is operated by Wandsworth Borough Council.[5]

The museum displays the history of Wandsworth through the ages, with exhibits including an ornate Iron Age shield recovered from the Thames. It also houses the De Morgan Centre, with exhibits of the ceramics of William de Morgan and of the paintings of Evelyn De Morgan.

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

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