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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sir Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom:An exhibition of his life

  • 4 October 2016 — 12 March 2017 *on now

For many years Sir Norman had a flat in Epsom, and was often seen shopping in the area or eating in his favourite fish and chip shop in Ewell, as well as being a cult figure in Albania!
Bourne Hall Museum has been most fortunate in being able to secure the loan of the official exhibition of his life and work from his family. The exhibition contains theatre posters, handwritten scripts, and film stills. His musical instruments will be here along with the original suit used in the Pinewood films and the Aladdin's lamp from the 1956 production The Wonderful Lamp. There’s also a chance to see his awards including the British Film Academy Award 1954 and New Musical Express 1954 Record of the Year.
For details of events and talks during the exhibition, you can email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

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.
Midnight in a graveyard

Body Snatchers

  • 18 February — 18 March 2017 *on now

Some broke the law just to survive, other became their victims — even though over 200 crimes carried the death penalty ranging from murder to minor offences like pickpocketing and being out at night with a blackened face, despite these harsh penalties the criminal elements of society were still determined to make their living by ill-gotten gains.
Medical science had progressed slowly since the discoveries of the Greeks owing to religious restrictions. However by the early 1800s the study of anatomy was again at the cutting edge of science and surgeons needed bodies to examine. The law of supply and demand led to the rise of the grisly trade of the body snatchers or the resurrectionists. Learn how and why these men crossed the boundaries of acceptability and what actions brought about the introduction of The Anatomy Act in 1832. Discover what was happening in Ewell on your very doorstep!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Entry £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult)

Website

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

Flower displays at the show

Herald of Spring It’s a Kind of Magic.

  • 11 March 2017 10am-5pm

There will be beautiful floral displays and a mystic garden from Ashtead Garden Nurseries along with the Mayday Flower Club, and shows by local countryside groups including the Beekeepers!
Children can cheer on the Hobbledown Puppet Show, be amazed by Close Up Magic, wonder at the Victorian traveling illusionist take part in feel-good kids’ activities from the Rainbow Centre.
Visit the What’s On In Epsom Spring Market with arts, crafts and Jam!
Remember to get your school or youth group to enter the Fantastic Scarecrows & Where to Find Them competition and win up to £100 in vouchers
Discover the magic of Epsom and Ewell’s parks and open spaces.
It’s all FREE – now that’s Magic!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Ready for the fight!

The Thin Red Line The Crimean War 1854-56

  • 22 March 2017 10:30am-12pm

Bourne Hall Museum Home Education Group

This was the first war to be brought to the general public’s attention by “live” reporting by W.H. Russell in The Times via the electric telegraph. It was the first war that utilised the railways and saw the introduction of modern nursing methods by Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.

Discover what life for an infantryman was like in extremely inhospitable conditions.
Hear about the extreme bravery of the common soldier which led to the introduction and awarding of the Victoria Cross for acts of extreme gallantry.
Learn how they were lucky to survive a war where more men died from disease than in battle, despite the best efforts of the generals!
See the weapons and try on some equipment used in the conflict.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

COST £5 PER CHILD with one adult FREE

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

  • 13 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

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

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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