The Lightbox

The Lightbox - view from the courtyard
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Study area icon Hearing disability facilities icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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.

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/wokings-story

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Holes

Henry Moore: Sculpting from Nature

  • 21 January — 7 May 2017 *on now

This new and unique exhibition will feature over 50 artworks by Henry Moore (1898-1986), perceived by many as the greatest British sculptor of the 20th century. The show will include drawings, maquettes, working models and monumental sculptures, plus prints and studio materials. The works are being generously lent by the Henry Moore Foundation, the charitable trust set up by Moore and his family in 1977.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/henry-moore-sculpting-from-nature

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Peter Freeman installation at night

Lightbox Lates

  • 6 April 2017

Explore The Lightbox by night every Thursday evening from April 2017 including the three gallery spaces, Woking’s Story museum, the arts and crafts Shop and new Seasons café.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

General admission including Shop and Café: Free entry | Suggested donation £2
Entry to Main and Upper Gallery exhibitions: £4.50 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/

Secret Woking

Marion Field Book Launch: Secret Woking

  • 20 April 2017 7-8pm

For this event join local writer and historian Marion Field for wine and canapés and hear her fascinating talk based on her new book ‘Secret Woking’ (2017). After the talk Marion will sign a complimentary copy of ‘Secret Woking’ for each guest to take home with them. Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£18 Adults | £15 Friends. Includes wine, nibbles and a signed copy of ‘Secret Woking’

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/marion-field-book-launch-secret-woking

Image of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen 200th anniversary: Regency Dinner and Pride and Prejudice Film Screening

  • 21 April 2017 From 7pm

As part of the Lightbox Literary Festival we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest literary minds, Jane Austen. Our resident chef will create a Regency inspired menu for this very special evening. Three indulgent courses will include Georgian-age gems like Black Butter, Mrs Martin’s mashed turnips and Regency roasted pork & apples. Guests will be invited to sample several dishes from the banquet table. After dinner, guests will round of the themed evening with a screening of the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightly as the popular heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. Every guest will leave with a Regency-inspired goody bag filled with a Jane Austen novel, Regency recipes and other literary goodies.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£49 Adults | £45 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/jane-austen-200th-anniversary

Nicola May

How I Became a Published Author

  • 22 April 2017 2-4pm

Join popular local author Nicola May in conversation and hear how she went from self-publishing her novels to being picked up by Accent Press who went on to publish all of her books. Now a successful writer of women’s contemporary fiction, Nicola will answer questions from the audience and give advice and guidance to anyone hoping to achieve publishing success or who has a general interest in the literary world.
Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/how-i-became-a-published-author

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy: The art of beautiful handwriting

  • 22 April 2017 2-4pm

Join Jan Rubin for an introduction to the art of calligraphy. You will learn different lettering styles and techniques and create a decorative box with your own calligraphy lettering.
Suitable for age 16+. Advance booking required. All materials included.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£25 Adults | £22 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/calligraphy-the-art-of-beautiful-handwriting

Poetry Open Mic

Poetry Open Mic

  • 22 April 2017 12-3pm

The team behind ‘Write Out Loud’ Woking will present a Poetry Lunch in Seasons Café and Kitchen at The Lightbox. Compere Greg Freeman will host three hours of open-mic poetry which will also feature four guest poets: Geoff ‘Speech Painter’ Allnutt; Alison Hill; Maggie Sawkins; and Racker Donnelly. Fancy joining in? Greg will be inviting anyone who considers themselves a budding poet to take to the mic to share their literary musings.
A free drop-in event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry | £2 suggested donation

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/poetry-open-mic

Shakespeare in Swahililand

Edward Wilson-Lee: Shakespeare's World

  • 23 April 2017 2-3pm

In this talk author of ‘Shakespeare in Swahililand’ (2016), Edward Wilson-Lee, will tell some of the extraordinary stories of how Shakespeare's works found a new home in Africa, among explorers, freed slaves, railway labourers, emperors and independence fighters. Each of these stories sheds new light on what Shakespeare's plays have meant to people in unexpected places, and help to ask the perennial question about Shakespeare: is he for all times and all places?

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/edward-wilson-lee-shakespeares-world

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

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/loanboxes/historyboxes

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 education@thelightbox.org.uk.

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.

Creator

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

Publisher

  • -

Languages

  • -

How to obtain

The exhibition will be viewable without booking or charge.

Oral History Box

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/loanboxes/historyboxes

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 education@thelightbox.org.uk.

Tours of the Lightbox

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/about/toursofthelightbox

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

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/schoolvisits/schoolvisitactivities

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 education@thelightbox.org.uk.

The Lightbox
Chobham Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 4AA
England

Website

www.thelightbox.org.uk

E-mail

info@thelightbox.org.uk

Telephone

01483 737800

Fax

01483 764369

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
advertisement