Right by the Thames and also boasting its own common, Wandsworth is a bucolic little neighbourhood in south west London. It would be a shame not to make the most of that riverside location, so pull up a pew at one of many pubs or restaurants along the river. Alternatively, saunter around independent shops in Wandsworth Village or delve into the area’s rich past as a hub for artistic crafts and trades at the Wandsworth Museum or De Morgan Centre.
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This community museum celebrates the social and cultural history of Wandsworth, paying tribute to the traditional and contemporary skills of locals through artefacts and art works. Relaunched in September 2010, the museum features gallery and exhibition spaces, an audio-history archive, research library, community spaces, gardens and a café. Artefacts on show include the fossil of a woolly mammoth found at Battersea Power Station and a chieftan's shield, discovered in the Thames at Battersea Bridge.
De Morgan Centre
Re-opening after refurbishment on September 16 2011, the De Morgan Centre is dedicated to the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife Evelyn, a symbolist painter. There are around 250 objects on display including William De Morgan's 'Blackbird Bottle' (1888-1907), which reflects the Victorian fascination with the Middle East in terms of form and decoration, and his iconic 'BBB' thistle tile (1872-1904), which was produced in a range of colourways throughout De Morgan's career.