Don't be put off by the scaffolding! We are still open.
No visit to Wimbledon Common is complete without also calling in at the Windmill Museum. There is interest for all ages, children and adults alike. And if you don't have time for the full tour, visit the shop for postcards, books, souvenirs and even Wombles!
The Windmill has been a distinctive landmark since it was built in 1817 to serve the local community. However it only operated until 1864, when the machinery was removed and it was converted to residential accommodation.
Currently the sails are being restored to working order after rot within the canister allowed on sail to fail, fortunately without much damage. The museum remains open and houses a fascinating museum of windmills, with exhibits on rural life and local history.
The museum also has a display of Scouting memorabilia, commemorating the writing of part of 'Scouting for Boys' by Robert Baden-Powell in the Mill House in 1908.
The museum is administered by a charitable trust and run entirely by volunteers, which allows admission charges to be kept down. It is open on summer weekends only, but school parties and group visits can be arranged at other times.
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The Windmill will be joining in the fun this year by offering FREE ENTRY. Come to our stall where we will be handing out free tickets.
The Wimbledon and Putney Commons Open Day has become established as one of Wimbledon's most enjoyable fun days for all the family. Information about the event can be found on the Conservators' website at http://www.wpcc.org.uk
At the Windmill we will be having children's activities as well as talks by our Curator, Norman Plastow. Norman's talks will be at 2.30 and 3.30 p.m. and will include explanations of the use of the hand tools used to construct the windmill.
The mill is still without its sails after one fell from the windshaft in August 2015. The museum Trustees have been working with the owners of the mill, Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators, to obtain external funding for the repairs, which will include necessary work on the tower and roof as well as the sails. The total project cost is budgeted at £138,000.
In March we were pleased to announce that an HLF grant of £100,000 had been approved for the project. Together with several generous donations from the local community and a commitment from the Conservators to use some of their own funds, the project has now been given the go-ahead.
Although the windmill looks somewhat forlorn without its sails, the interior of the museum is unaffected and visitors should be able to enjoy all the exhibits as usual.
See 'Recent News' for updates on progress.
Wimbledon Windmill Museum CIO is a Registered Charity, No. 1162544