The Lightbox

The Lightbox - view from the courtyard
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The Lightbox is the award winning gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey, where there is something for everyone. Whether you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities and fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox.

The stunning building designed by Marks Barfield Architects boasts two spacious galleries and a number of side galleries, hosting a wide range of free exhibitions, changing regularly. The Lightbox is also home to Woking's Story, the interactive museum of the town's history from the 19th Century to the present day. If you’re visiting with children you’ll find plenty to keep them occupied and entertained.

Enjoy the changing displays around the building from the prestigious Ingram Collection of Modern British Art , which is on long-term loan to The Lightbox from Woking businessman, Chris Ingram and includes works by Anthony Caro, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth.

In addition to the changing exhibitions and displays, The Lightbox runs an extensive education and events programme, meaning there is always something different to experience.

A visit can be completed with a delicious meal or coffee at the canal-side cafe, or browsing for that special gift in the gift shop which stocks a wide range of beautiful gifts including handmade work by local designer-makers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues - Sat: 10:30am - 5.00pm
Sun: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

Free entry, donations welcome

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of woman and young boy in the Woking's Story gallery at The Lightbox

Woking's Story

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Woking's Story is a permanent museum at The Lightbox which explores the town's fascinating history covering themes such as the 'mad, the bad and the dead'. This family friendly space has something for everyone, from a fun children's dressing up box to the moving stories of local people.

The museum has eight main displays which are interactive and some have oral history listening points. You can discover people’s personal memories of life in the town and watch historic films. Have you ever wondered about what life in Woking used to be like? Or how the town came to be the way it is today?

Tours of Woking's Story can be arranged if booked in advance.

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image of screenprinted skull

Damien Hirst: New Religion

  • 28 March — 5 July 2015 *on now

‘Damien Hirst: New Religion’ brings together a body of work formed in 2005 that deals with issues such as belief, mortality, love, seduction and consumption.

The exhibition includes a series of silkscreen prints, paintings and sculptures that address Hirst’s belief that “science is the new religion for many people.”

Hirst’s work portrays the Creation of the World, through the Stations of the Cross and towards the Last Judgement. Featured in the exhibition will be a crucifix inlaid with pewter pills and silkscreen prints depicting biblical chapters with images of corresponding medication.

Suitable for


Entry with a £5 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free


Taste of Art, Kate Buchanan

  • 14 April — 24 May 2015 *on now

Kate Buchanan is a textile artist who works in mixed media. She lives in Harpenden with her husband and two children. As a child herself and then with her own children, she has spent many of her holidays in the beautiful countryside, combing the beaches and walking the coast. Her work has been greatly inspired by the natural sunlight, the rugged beaches, and at home her delightful hens.

Kate’s main passion is for her small but beautifully formed textile pictures which demonstrate well her love of textiles and colour. These range from beaches and seascapes to rolling landscapes and her feathered friends. Kate not only makes and sells her own custom designs to a wide range of clients, but hosts workshops for other local creatives, to inspire and teach her techniques, exchange ideas and share life. Kate’s work often reflects a contemplative thought, using carefully chosen words to add meaning and depth to each piece.

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Richard Batterham: Potter

  • 15 April — 24 May 2015 *on now

This exhibition will showcase the work of Woking born craftsman, Richard Batterham, a towering figure in the narrative of British studio ceramics.

After working under both Don Potter and Bernard Leach, Batterham established his own studio in Dorset where he continues to make a range of stoneware pottery in his unmistakable personal style. His work, with its subtle wood ash glazes, takes influences from both Korean and English pottery.

The selection has been brought together from a local collection as well as the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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The Ingram Collection: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

  • 21 April — 28 June 2015 *on now

From poster designs to prophetic visions of the future, the show will explore this rich source of inspiration for artists who are constantly fascinated with the world that surrounds them. The movement, speed and intensity of modern life are brought to bear in this exhibition. Planes, Trains and Automobiles has been specially curated by The Lightbox Young Curators. The works have been brought together from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art and feature artists, Andrew Johnson, Eric Ravilious, John Bratby, Mary Fedden, Eduardo Paolozzi, Reg Butler, John Bellany and Peter Howson.

This stunning exhibition has been curated by our brilliant Young Curators, who are all aged between 13 and 19 years old. The next Young Curators Project will take place in June. In this next project, the Young Curators will work with artist Stuart Simler to create some exciting and original artork which will be displayed alongside the Main Gallery exhibition 'Warhol and the World of Pop Art'. Find out more by following the link below.

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Entry with a £5 annual pass.


Bank Gallery 'Below the Surface'

  • 2 — 28 June 2015

This exhibition features selected members from the Chobham-based artists co-operative in their sixth show at The Lightbox. Featuring a range of styles, the work shows the richness of imagination, skill and experience of the ten artists: Elaine Coles, Simon Dray, Paul Flint, Hildegunn Gradval, Prue Robinson, Mary Hayward-Smith, Angelika Steiger, Eva Swiderska, Ann Marie Whaley and David Wilson. All the artwork on show is for sale.

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Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Brookwood Hospital: A Victorian Community History Box

Specially designed to introduce visitors to Woking's story, this History Box explores how the hospital worked and how patients were treated in Victorian Woking. It contains a pack of suggested activities to do with the objects included. Due to its sensitive subject matter, this box is suitable for pupils aged 11 and up. It contains a pack of suggested activities to do with the objects included.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email

Frames of Refuge

An exhibition being put together by 30 young people, focusing on the experiences of refugees. The presentation incorporates a film using video interviews of refugees carried out by the students, and also students' artwork in response to those interviews. The exhibition, designed by the students, will be shown at the Lightbox in July 2009, at Surrey History Centre in the autumn of 2009 and at the production of 'The Vision', Woking's new community play about refugees and displaced people, in April 1010. It will also be made available as a DVD and on The Lightbox's website.


  • Students at Winston Churchill School, Woking, with the assistance of Rib Davis from The Lightbox.


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How to obtain

The exhibition will be viewable without booking or charge.

Oral History Box

Specially designed to introduce visitors to Woking's story, this History Box includes wartime and childhood memories of Woking on CD, together with recording equipment for pupils to carry out their own oral history interviews and a pack of suggested activities. Suitable for all ages.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email

Tours of the Lightbox

Take a close-up look at the architecture of the building, enjoy views of Woking from different angles, and find out why certain design decisions were taken.
Discover Woking’s Story and marvel at the design features incorporated to make the 2000sqm space an excellent display area for a personal collection of modern British art, including renowned sculptures.
Visitors will see why the stunning building has been highly acclaimed in the media and was voted Museum of the Year and won the prestigious Art Fund Prize 2008 as well as the RIBA SE award.

How to obtain

The 30 minute tours, held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, are hosted by one of The Lightbox’s team of dedicated volunteers and begin at 11am. Numbers are limited, but although the tours are free, pre-booking is required through reception or on the booking line: 01483 737837.

World War II in Woking

Learn about what life was like in Woking during World War II and take part in a WWII themed workshop activity.

How to obtain

This activity session costs £60 and will last approximately two hours. It includes a hands-on creative workshop in our education studio and a visit to the relevant exhibition. If you would like to discuss your individual requirements then please contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email

The Lightbox
Chobham Road
GU21 4AA




01483 737800


01483 764369

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