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Membership enquiries to Tony Price, our Membership Secretary, may be made through our Contact page

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 Events at the Museum
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 organise talks and events throughout the year that are associated with both our local history and other interests
We publish regular Newsletters and E-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 merchandise and 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

The Friends of Honeywood Museum need volunteers to help with events that they run, such as Carshalton-on-Sea and the Frost Fair and to help run their activities e.g. at the Environmental Fair.  If you would like to help the Friends raise money to support the Museum and raise its profile  then please contact the Chairman of the Friends, Sue Kelsall, at or phone 020 8241 5679

The members of the committee are:

Chairman: Sue Kelsall, MBE
: Lucy Kelsall
: Chris Cartwright
Membership Secretary
: Tony Price
Talks Organiser: Susan Hoskin

Committee Members
: Margo Cartwright, Jo Corkett, Jeannette Crosier, Steve Morris, John Phillips
Co-opted Member: Elizabeth Price

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


The Friends of Honeywood Museum
Annual General Meeting

Thursday 24 May 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event for Members Only

The AGM business will be followed by a short talk from John Phillips entitled

William Kilburn of Wallington

A look at the life of Kilburn who was one of the leading textile designers of the 18th century

Mini Honeywood Explorers  - '100 Year Vote'

Wednesday 30 May 11:00-13:00

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

Learn about the Suffrage campaign, how women earned the right to vote, who Emily Wilding Davison and Emmeline Pankhurst  were and their impact, look at the Dearlsey window and create their own, plus activities including making their own campaign flag

Aimed at children aged 6-10 years, the sessions are FREE, but must be pre-booked on 020 8770 4297

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Donations will be very welcome

Honeywood Book Club

Sunday 17 June 14:30-16:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

This month's book:
Margaret Atwood

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

William Morris: 'One Man, Many Lives'

Thursday 28 June 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

We regret that this event has now sold out



Saturday and Sunday 7 & 8 July 12:00-16:30

A Friends of Honeywood event

A weekend of seaside themed fun with traditional sideshows, sand pits, children’s magic shows and more!

Saturday 7 July

Saturday's featured magician is Steve Day
Magic at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (cost £2 per child)

14:00 Black Swan Border Morris
15:00 Zero Carbon Band

Sunday 8 July

Sunday's featured magician is Pauline's Puppets
Magic at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (cost £2 per child)

14:30 Penny Royal Clog Dancers
15:15 Wandle Ceilidh Band


More details to follow

Honeywood Book Club

Sunday 22 July 14:30-16:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

This month's book:
  How to Stop Time 
Matt Haig

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

Brewing Along the Wandle

Thursday 26 July 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

An illustrated talk by Derek Prentice, Brewmaster at Wimbledon Brewery

Derek Prentice, Brewmaster at Wimbledon Brewery, will present a short historical review of the history of brewing along the Wandle Valley. Derek will then talk about brewing at Young’s Ram Brewery, highlighting some of the historical methods and equipment as well as his experiences during his time there.

Tickets are £5 (£4 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form

Alfred & Salamanda - Live at Honeywood!

Thursday 27 September 19:45

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

Once again we are delighted to welcome back The Alfred & Salamanda Saxophone Quartet, whose popular concerts never fail to enthral us at Honeywood Museum. The quartet gives recitals, plays for weddings and at garden and birthday parties and has helped raise money for charities such as Save the Children, Macular Society and The Rotary Club. This evening’s concert will be an eclectic mix of music arranged for saxophone quartet. There will be no interval but refreshments will be taken after the concert in the drawing room. The concert will last for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

Tickets are £7 (Friends £6) - Includes post-concert wine and nibbles

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form 

Black British Civil Rights Heroines

Thursday 25 October 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

An illustrated talk by Tony Warner

The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles Black British people endured. This presentation will provide the names and achievements of those Black women born or resident here that fought against British racism over the last 300 years.

Includes: Florence Mills, Mavis Best, Adelaide Hall, Sybil Phoenix, Connie Mark, Linda Bellos, Will Brown and many others. Issues covered include; virginity testing at Heathrow, deaths in custody, Saturday schools, Educationally Sub Normal classes, theatre, the Royal Navy, politics and much more

Tickets are £5 (£4
Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form

Jane Seymour: the Haunted Queen

Thursday 22 November 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

We're delighted to welcome back Alison Weir for another of her popular talks

Against a backdrop of religious revolution, plague and insurrection, Jane, newly married to Henry, must bear the son he desperately needs - or face the consequences. Will she be able to give the King what he wants?


Tickets are £7 (£6 Friends) - Ticket prices include mulled wine and mince pies!

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form


Carshalton Frost Fair/Christmas at Honeywood

Saturday 1 December (EVENT TO BE CONFIRMED)

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

More details nearer the time

The Ponds - Houses and People 1860-1913

Thursday 28 February 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

The illustrated talk by local historian John Phillips covering the years 1890-1914, which sold out in 2018, is updated to cover 1860-1913

John Phillips will look at the people living in the large houses around Carshalton Ponds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a period when Carshalton was beginning to change into a suburb but much of the old village was still in place. It was a society shattered by the First World War and which disappeared rapidly thereafter

Tickets are £5 (£4 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book or simply print and return booking form

The Ramsden Theodolite that started it all

The History of Ordnance Survey

Thursday 25 April 19:30

A Friends of Honeywood Museum Event

Since the eighteenth century when English generals realised that available mapping wasn’t suitable for hunting rebellious Scotsmen across acres of wild Scottish Highlands the Ordnance Survey has been the country’s national mapping organisation, now responsible for keeping millions of pieces of data up to date for British business and citizens

John Dancy started work penning a black line on an enamel plate. He finished,
47 years later, in charge of the team that created Ordnance Survey’s classic paper maps from electronic data. His talk will be a very brief history of the development of this organisation, showing why it is still regarded as the world leader

Tickets are £5 (£4 Friends) - FREE tea and coffee from 19:00

Please phone 020 8642 4778 to book

Some acquisitions purchased by the Friends for the Museum for the Museum's collection

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, and may be found in the Billiards Room.

'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.

This picture is on display in the Carshalton Village Room.

'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 picture hangs in the hallway between the Billiards Room and the Drawing Room.

The Marion 'Perfection' Full-Plate Camera

The Marion display is to be found in the Billiards Room.

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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In Memoriam

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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