Kingston Museum and Heritage Service

Kingston Museum and Heritage Service
Kingston Museum
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 2PS
England

Website

www.kingston.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

Kingston Museum

kingston.museum@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Local History Room & Archives

local.history@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Telephone

Kingston Museum

020 8547 6460

Local History Room

020 8547 6738

Archivist

020 8547 6735

Fax

020 8547 6747

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.
View of Kingston Museum, a red brick building.
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Kingston Museum was built in 1904. The building and its galleries were restored between 1992 and 1997 and include a Lottery-funded 'Town of Kings' Gallery, telling the story of the Borough from Saxon times.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Museum: Mon-Sat 10.00 to 17.00 Closed Wed and Sun

Local History Room: Mon, Thu & Fri 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00; Tuesday 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 19.00. (10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 21.00 during adult education term time, see website for term dates). Closed Wed, Sat and Sun

Museum closed Wednesday and Sunday

Local History Room closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Admission charges

Entry to the Museum and Local History Room is free.

Additional info

The Museum and Heritage Service operates on two sites and comprises a Museum, Local History Room and an Archives Service.

Local History Room and Archives Service is situated at:

Local History Room
Room 46, North Kingston Centre
Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT2 5PE.

The Museum has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Town of Kings and Eadweard Muybridge. There is also an Art Gallery for special exhibitions. The Local History Room holds a large and growing collection of local history research material.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • King Aethelstan
  • The Brill Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Members of Royal Army Medical Corps standing in front of horse-drawn Red Cross ambulance

1914: Remembering Kingston at War

  • 16 May — 16 August 2014 *on now

The exhibition will tell the often forgotten stories of the war: including those of men and women working long hours to produce planes used on the Western Front, young soldiers who enlisted to fight in Europe despite being under age, those who spoke out against the war and the nurses and doctors who cared for the injured returing from the Front to recuperate in Kingston. This exhibition is a result of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
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.
photograph of ww1 biplane

Sopwith Aviation and the First World War

  • 2 August 2014 12:30-1:15pm

One of a series of lunchtime lectures held at Kingston Museum. David Hassard discusses Sopwith Aviation and its role in the First World War. Followed by discussion.

Please book beforehand by phoning 020 8547 5006.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/events/event/1090/kingston_museum_lunchtime_lecture_sopwith_aviation_and_the_first_world_war

photograph of soldiers praying

Spiritualism and the Soldier

  • 7 August 2014 6-6:30pm

Lucy Harris discusses spiritualism and the soldier in the First World War. Followed by discussion.

Please book beforehand by phoning 020 8547 5006.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/events/event/1089/kingston_museum_lecture_spiritualism_and_the_soldier

New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

The East Surrey Regiment in the First World War

  • 18 September 2014 7-8pm

Friends of Kingston Museum talk by Ian Chatfield, curator of the Surrey Infantry Museum, Clandon. Followed by discussion.

Talk starts at 7pm with tea and coffee served from 6.30pm. Contact the museum to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/events/event/686/the_east_surrey_regiment_in_the_first_world_war

photograph of ww1 burial

Kingston's Fallen in the First World War

  • 20 November 2014 7-8pm

Friends of Kingston Museum talk by Graeme Hodge, Head of Library Services at Nescot College, Ewell. Followed by discussion.

Talk starts at 7pm with tea and coffee served from 6.30pm. Contact the museum to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/events/event/687/kingstons_fallen_in_the_first_world_war

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.

Kingston Museum Schools Service

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/museum

Kingston Museum runs a varied and exciting programme of sessions, events and workshops for schools. We offer National Curriculum-linked sessions about Settlers and Invaders, Local History, the Victorians and many more.
We also run a programme of workshops alongside the temporary exhibition programme, ranging from sculpture walks to rangoli workshops to art & craft in all shapes and sizes.

How to obtain

Please contact Caroline Burt, Learning and Access Officer on 020 85476754 or caroline.burt@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Kingston at War: World War Two online resource

http://www.rbksch.org/museum/

Kingston at War is a website full of resources from Kingston's archives, designed to support teaching History at KS2 with links to Literacy and ICT.
Photographs, newspaper cuttings, bomb maps and oral histories have been digitised for classroom and/or project use.
Kingston at War is part of the Their Past Your Future project 2005, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

How to obtain

This is a free resource accessible through the Kingston Museum website.

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