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The Friends of Honeywood Museum
Registered Charity No. 1067131

We are a charity formed to raise funds to support the work of the staff at Honeywood Museum and to encourage as many people as possible to take an interest in our local history.

We help to pay for many items; for Sutton's heritage collections, for the Museum's collection, and for the Museum's schools programme
We publish books that offer a wide-ranging insight into local history
We produce a selection of popular greetings cards that reflect our heritage, and that of Carshalton and surrounding areas
We sell popular publications, including historical maps, that give an insight into the history of the area
We have a friendly Book Club that meets regularly
We offer free Film Shows for our Members only
We have a Garden Club
that is planning and implementing the restoration of Honeywood's wonderful Edwardian garden
We organise talks and events throughout the year that are associated with both our local history and other interests
We publish regular Newsletters for our members throughout each year
We offer our Volunteers a huge range of activities that involves them in the working and development of the Museum
We receive our funding from membership subscriptions, donations, sales of publications and events
YOU? We would love you to join us, support our wonderful Museum and help increase awareness of our local heritage

Membership of the Friends gives you a 10% discount on purchases of all items not produced by the Friends from the Museum's shop on production of a valid membership card, as well as discounted ticket prices to most of the Friends’ and the Museum's events.

The current Subscriptions are:

£7.00 for single membership per annum       £11.00 for a family (up to 2 adults and 2 children) per annum
£30.00 for group membership (up to six people from the same group/establishment) per annum


Special Friends' Events                                               Regular Friends' Events

Friends of Honeywood Museum Film Club
Saturdays and Sundays 2.30pm

Open to members of the Friends of Honeywood Museum only. Current Membership cards will be required for entrance

Please note that the billiards room will be closed to visitors for this event. The rest of the museum will be open as usual

Vintage Sundays
5th March

Saturday Family Matinées
18th March

Please contact Sue Kelsall on 020 8241 5679


Honeywood Book Club
Sundays 2.30-4.30pm

12th March  The Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy

Admission and refreshments free. Please bring a copy of the book with you

If you are interested in joining, please contact Sue Kelsall on 020 8241 5679 or

Weather Lore – Fact or Fiction?
Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm

Well-known local weatherman Ian Currie returns to Honeywood for this talk looking at this country's rich store of weather saws and sayings

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends). Please phone
020 8642 4778 to book


The Return of Alfred & Salamanda
         Music for Stage and Screen (by arrangement)
Thursday 27 April 7.30pm

Bart, Berlin, Bernstein, Gershwin, Porter, Purcell, Rodgers, Schonberg, Sullivan, Verdi - just a few of the composers of music for plays, operas, musicals, film and TV to be included in this concert of arrangements made for the saxophone quartet

Wine and nibbles included in the ticket price!

Tickets are £6 (£5 Friends). Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book

The Friends of Honeywood Museum
                                                Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th May 7.30pm

Open to Friends of Honeywood Museum only

John Phillips will give a talk after the business of the AGM entitled A 'fair house (or palace rather) at Beddington'
The present building at Carew Manor is probably only a small part of the Tudor house and, apart from the hall roof, all the interior has gone. What was the house really like in the Tudor period? The talk will seek an answer to this question

The Great Unwatched - Wit and 'Wisdom' on the Radio

Thursday 22nd June 7.30pm

Broadcaster Bob Sinfield affectionately nibbles the hand that fed him for 35 years: the radio

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends)
Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book


Victorian Leisure – and Pleasure!
Thursday 27th July 7.30pm

An illustrated talk from Ian Bevan, City of London Guide and Lecturer, looking at the many and varied ways in which the Victorians enjoyed themselves

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends)
Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book


Pre-Raphaelite Painters & Poets
Thursday 28th September 7.30pm

This illustrated talk by Pete Smith, London City Walks, traces the development of a movement that revolutionized the nineteenth-century art scene and initially scandalized conventional Victorian society. While concentrating primarily on the paintings and writings of the Pre-Raphaelites, it will also deal with the colourful lives of the artists who produced them, and tell stories of drug abuse, sexual intrigues, suicide and even gruesome graveyard goings-on

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends)
Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book


Is Sutton Part of Black History?
Thursday 26th October 7.30pm
A Black History Month Event

The baptism in Sutton on 15th April 1677 of John Sango, ‘a Moor’, in Sutton is a reminder that Africans and people of African descent have been living and working in Britain for centuries. Most came here because of Britain’s involvement in the slavery business and colonialism. As across the rest of the country there were many involved in the slavery business and then colonialism who lived or had family connections with Sutton. Sean Creighton, an independent historian of slavery, abolition and British Black history, will discuss these connections and the lives of the people involved

Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 Friends). Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book

Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession
Thursday 23rd November 7.30pm

We are delighted to once again welcome back the renowned local author Alison Weir to Honeywood Museum

Fresh from the sophisticated palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks.  And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil.

Alison Weir weaves new research and theories into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife - a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.

Mulled wine and mince pies included in the ticket price!

Tickets are £6 (£5 Friends). Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book

Recent Acquisitions bought by the Friends for the Museum

The Marion Chair

At the beginning of October 2014 The Friends were contacted by an antique furniture dealer about his acquisition of what he described as an oak Hall chair. He noticed that the chair was stamped Marion & Co, the leading photographic supply company of the late Victorian period, and whose managing partner John Pattison Kirk created and lived in the Honeywood we know today. He wondered if as well as the photographic business, Marion & Co also stamped furniture at their Soho premises.

The answer seems to be in the books published by Marion & Co in the late 19th century, in which they refer to providing a bespoke service to equip and furnish home studios for their clientele. As Marion & Co did not trade in furniture it seems evident that this chair was part of their studio range of accessories.

The committee of The Friends thought the Studio chair would make a fine addition to our Marion collection and after a helpful and fruitful negotiation with the dealer, the chair was acquired and is now at Honeywood.

'Robert Burra of Carshalton' - artist unknown

'A chance discovery by Jane Howard, the curator of Honeywood Museum, resulted in the Friends of Honeywood acquiring for the museum a portrait of Robert Burra of Carshalton. It is a sensitive oil on canvas, dating from circa 1790. There are very few portraits of local characters from the past in the borough’s art collection, so the painting marks an important find.

Burra set up a textile business with Thomas Rowlandson, in Watling Street, London, near St Paul’s. They were known and traded as Manchester Warehousemen, a term given to those who traded in cotton goods and calico.

Robert probably chose to raise his family in Carshalton because the village was a most desirable suburb for city businessmen and merchants. Although Carshalton and the Wandle were renowned for their calico enterprises, this was probably not an important factor in his choice. You can see two monuments to members of the family in All Saints Church, Carshalton.

'Olympic Celebrations' - John Stillman

'Bought by the Friends for Honeywood, this charming painting by John Stillman of 2012 Olympics celebration. The painting shows the elegant Swan stage on the pond with Honeywood in the background.

We can’t think of a better way to commemorate such a special occasion than with this painting which the Friends bought for Honeywood Museum.

The Marion 'Perfection' Full-Plate Camera

In the mid nineteenth century the science of photography was taking huge steps forward and beginning to have an impact on everyday lives.

One of the great pioneers in the field of imaging was the firm of Marion & Co. founded by Augustin Marion in the early 1840s. From 1846 their premises were in Regent Street before moving to much larger facilities in Soho Square, where a long association saw 22 & 23 Soho Square evolve into the home of modern photography.

In the twentieth century, amalgamations and the development of the business saw Marion evolve into the Ilford photographic empire and ultimately Rank.......
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The members of the committee are:

Chairman: Sue Kelsall, MBE: Secretary: Lucy Kelsall: Treasurer: Chris Cartwright: Membership Secretary: Tony Price
Committee Members: Margo Cartwright, Jo Corkett, Jeannette Crosier, Susan Hoskin (Talks Organiser), Steve Morris, John Phillips
Co-opted Member: Elizabeth Price (Heritage Assistant)
Peoples Directorate Advisor: Jane Howard (Curator)

You can contact us: by post to The Friends of Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX
or by email through our Contact page on this Web site

Paul Williams 1946 - 2016
A Tribute
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Peter Davalle 1925-2013
A Tribute
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Joan Davalle 1926-2011
A Tribute
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Stan Coleman 1933-2010
A Tribute
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