Bourne Hall Museum

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Bourne Hall, situated in the heart of Ewell Village, is a remarkable modern building of unusual architectural interest, surrounded by beautiful grounds. Opened in 1970, it is well furnished, well equipped and flexible enough to accommodate most requirements.

With a variety of different sized halls and rooms, it is perfect for anything from a small meeting to the largest of receptions. It is used for conferences, weddings and wedding receptions, fairs, recitals, meetings and parties.

The landscaped gardens, lawns and lake, with a fountain, provide a wonderful backdrop for your events and are particularly impressive for photographs.

Bourne Hall has good parking facilities and is within easy reach of Central London and the M25. West Ewell British Rail Station is five minutes walk away and provides regular direct rail routes to Waterloo and Guildford. Local buses run to and from Ewell Village.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700
Sun Mornings

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History

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.
 The Lochnagar Crater

The story of the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme a talk by the owner, Richard Dunning MBE

  • 5 April 2017 7:30-9pm

The Lochnagar mine was an underground explosive charge, secretly planted by the British during the First World War and ready for 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme, the bloodiest day in British military history. The mine was dug by the Tunnelling Companies of the Royal Engineers under a German field fortification known as Schwabenhöhe (Swabian Height) in the front line. The mine was named after Lochnagar Street, the British trench from which the gallery was driven. It was one of 19 mines that were placed beneath the German lines on the British section of the Somme front to assist the infantry advance at the start of the battle. The Lochnagar mine was sprung at 7:28 a.m. on 1 July 1916 and left a crater 98 feet (30 m) deep and 330 feet (100 m) wide, which was captured and held by British troops. The crater is the largest one made in hate by man.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entrance is free but donations will be asked towards the upkeep of the Lochnagar Crater.

You to can make a tool like this

Flint Knapping, making Stone Age Tools

  • 5 April 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

There will be two sessions 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Learn to shape flints like the ancient Stone Age craftsmen and discover the lost art of making stone tools. As part of a small group enjoy the opportunity to make your own authentic Stone Age tool to take home. Learn some of the ancient survival skills needed to live in a hostile environment where woolly mammoth and sabre tooth tigers roamed freely.
There will be an opportunity to buy some replica tools so bring some pocket money if you wish. Children must wear trousers and closed shoes for protection during this activity.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Cost per child £15, payable in advance. This includes the cost of materials to make the tool which will be yours to keep. For pre-payment please make cheques payable to E&EBC and either post or hand deliver them to Bourne Hall Museum.
Places are limited to 12 children per session so pre-booking is essential.

Henry V111

An Audience with Henry V111

  • 6 April 2017 11am-1pm

Thrust into the forefront following the death of his brother, King Henry VIII became one of the most iconic of England’s monarchs. Enjoy an audience with the King and listen to his tales of court, politics, and his likes and loves. Discover the truth behind his 6 marriages and just how many people were executed in his reign. It gives a whole new meaning to five a day!

Learn about daily life in Tudor times. Discover what they wore and what they ate and decide if you would like to be invited to attend a banquet. Learn how and way football was outlawed.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Entry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

Titanic lease for its fatefull trip.

Titanic.

  • 8 April 2017 1-2:30pm

Plunging two miles to the ocean floor after sideswiping an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Rather than the intended Port of New York, a deep-sea grave became the pride of the White Star Line’s final destination in the early hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people lost their lives in the disaster. In the decades since her demise, Titanic has inspired countless books and several notable films while continuing to make headlines, particularly since the 1985 discovery of her resting place off the coast of Newfoundland. Discover what happened on that fateful night and learn about the local people who were on broad included one buried very near to Bourne Hall.

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Admission

Entry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

Website

http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

Gladiators fight to the death

Gladiator School

  • 12 April 2017 11am-3:30pm

Learn about the different types of fighting and weaponry. Witness as the resident Gladiators demonstrate their skills. Will it be thumbs up or thumbs down?
Are you brave enough to survive the arena? Come and learn how to be a gladiator and put your new-found skills into practice. Will you be a Murmillo, Secutor or perhaps a Provocator?
Was it really history’s most deadly sport?

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pmEntry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) per session

Roman ready for battle

MEET A ROMAN SOLDIER

  • 13 May 2017 1-3pm

Discover what it was like to be a Roman soldier, having to serve for 25 years before receiving your generous pension - if you survived!

Learn about the weapons and tactics that made the Legions so effective and so feared. Enjoy listening to tales from a legionary of how he trained and fought, and see all his armour and equipment.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

A Dingo

Discover life in World War 2 Echoes of the Past

  • 20 May 2017 10am-5pm

There will be military transport from jeeps and lorries to a Dingo! No, not the dog but a rare type of scout car. Fire engines from the period will be ready to put out the bombs of the Blitz. Meet the Home Guard and an air raid warden – hear about the risks of gas attack and what gas mask to wear. Find out how to put out a fire bomb and take the chance to see and handle many original items from the war. Make do and mend, and try the children’s craft activities. There will be displays of military cooking and somewhere to enjoy the music and dance of the war. Learn what happened in Epsom and Ewell during this turbulent period in history. Bring along your photos and objects from the time and our experts will help you identify them – but please don’t bring anything that explodes!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Rosebury Park
Ashley Road /South Street
Epsom
Surrey
KT18 5AT

Admission

Children under 12 FREE adults £5

Vicious Vikings

  • 23 May 2017 10:30am-12pm

Revealing why the Beserkers were so feared, he will show off his terrifying array of weapons. Would you be brave enough to defend your home against a Viking attack?
Uncover the culture of the Vikings, their craftsmanship and their trade. See how they made their own armour and how far they travelled in pursuit of gold, goods and slaves. Discover how to fight like a Viking and try to learn the skills of spear wrestling!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Entry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

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.

Bourne Hall Museum Club

http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

For children aged 8+ years with an interest in history. Join up for interactive games, exploration and investigation, dressing up and craft activities covering all periods of history. The club meets on the second Saturday of the month at Bourne Hall, from 13.00-14.30.

How to obtain

Each session carries a £3 charge. Contact 020 8394 1734 for more information and to join.

Bourne Hall Museum
Spring Street
Ewell
Epsom
Surrey
KT17 1UF
England

Website

www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/EEBC/Leisure+and+Culture/Bourne+Hall

E-mail

Bournehall@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Telephone

020 83941734

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.
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