Bourne Hall Museum
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.
Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History
Discover Dad’s Army
- 30 May 2018 2-2:30pm
Many people feared that the Germans would soon invade Britain. To protect Britain, a new part-time force was to be set up, the Local Defence Volunteers. The Government made an urgent appeal on the radio to all men aged between 17 and 65 to become part-time soldiers. Within 24 hours of the radio broadcast a quarter of a million men had volunteered. Many of the men who joined the Home Guard were those who could not join the regular army because their day-time jobs were necessary to keep the country running. They included farm workers, bakers, teachers, grocers, bank staff and railway workers. Other men who joined were either too young or too old to join the regular army. They were given military style training, although at first they had no uniforms and little equipment. The public were invited to give shotguns and pistols and within a few months over 20,000 weapons were handed in. At the end of July they were changed from Local Defence Volunteers to the name we remember them by, the Home Guard.
£5 per child
Cow finds Epsom salts!
- 9 June 2018 1-2:30pm
This made the name Epsom known around the world and would lead to the Derby, a battle and England’s first Spa town. Hear how the spa took off as Epsom grew from a village to a town and was visited by the great and the good and the great and not so good! Find out what a good night out was like out at the height of the spa. Epsom salts has many uses even today – discover some of them.
£5 per child
A Day to commemorate the end of fighting in the First World War
- 23 September 2018 10am-4pm
10am to 1.30pm
A day at Bourne Hall in gratitude for those who fought in the First World War
In the morning Bourne Hall Museum will be using re-enactors to give some idea of what life was like for the men at the front including a cook with his working stove, Padre, officer and troops with a Vickers Machine Gun! There will be displays and talks on feeding the troops, gas training, infantry weapons and machine-gunning. Also a field hospital with four nurses.
2pm to 4pm
A Free Thank You Concert and Picnic organised by the British Legion, with performers including Oatlands Pipe Band, Ewell Castle School Choir, Epsom and Ewell Male Voice Choir and the singer Sandra Gaye. The concert will climax in a sing-song of the greatest hits of the time. Bring your picnic and join in with a big thank-you to the men and women who served in the Great War. There will be a stalls selling refreshments.
Do you have relations who lived in Epsom and Ewell and served in the Great War? We would like to hear from you – your family stories could form part of the day.
- Any age
In the Trenches
- 13 October 2018 1-2:30pm
Would you like to sit for hours in a muddy funk hole? Learn who or what was a Moaning Minnie or a Jack Johnson. What did it mean if you were chatting, and where was Blighty? Discover the answers to all of these questions and more, when we are visited by a British Army Officer and Tommy who will try and get you to join the army! Learn about trench warfare on the Western Front and how tough daily life was for the troops. See and have the opportunity to handle objects and weapons from the War to end all Wars. Try to understand the soldier’s experiences and how life in the trenches evolved through the duration of the war.
Price £5 per child 1 adult free
Bourne Hall Museum Club
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