River & Cloth an 18-month project exploring the innovative textile industry of Merton from the 17th century onwards.  In particular, River & Cloth bought to life the stories of William Morris, who moved his workshops to Merton High Street in the late nineteenth century, Arthur Liberty who had prints and textiles produced at Merton Abbey Mills to sell in his famous Liberty store and the groups of Huguenot refugees who settled in the Wandle Valley area and became dyers, bleachers and print-makers.


The aim of River & Cloth was to get local people excited about craft and interested in the history of their local area whilst making connections to ensure that everybody involved in the borough finds a link to their own culture.