Chertsey Museum

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We have fine collections, including history of the Runnymede area, local archaeology and history of Chertsey Abbey, fine art, decorative art, social history including many documents and photographs, local clocks and the nationally significant Olive Matthews Collection of dress and textiles.

Free Wi-Fi and smart phone gallery guide available.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Saturdays: 11 am to 4 pm Open at other times by arrangement
Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission charges

Admission Free. 10% discount on shop purchases for Museum Friends, Museums Association and ICOM members.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Additional info

Chertsey Museum has flat access throughout with a lift to access the upper floors. Adapted toilets offer baby changing facilities as well as disabled access.

Social history for the Borough of Runnymede, Thames Valley archaeology, horology, fine and decorative art and an extensive fashions from the Olive Matthews Collection.

Collection details

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

Key artists and exhibits

  • Art collection includes paintings by Edward H. Niemann, Edmund John Niemann, Robert Gallon, William Daniell RA, John Hassell RA and Edward Hassell RA.
  • Key exhibits include 13th century lead glazed tiles from Chertsey Abbey, a celtic sword, a 10th century Viking sword made by Ulfberht, an 1851 regulator clock displayed at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace and historic dress dating from the 18th to 21st centuries.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Waisted Efforts

  • 17 September 2016 — 2 September 2017 *on now

Cultural, social, and aesthetic attitudes towards waistlines will be explored through men’s and women’s clothing, both outerwear and underwear. Beautiful examples of fashionable garments which both freed and constricted the waist will be on show, as well as pieces of original foundation-wear essential for achieving the correct silhouette.

Highlights include a stunning ‘sack-back’ gown from the 1770s, a man’s suit from the 1780s, examples of women’s high-waisted Regency clothing, an exquisite girl’s dress from 1850, an 1880s day gown, a flapper dress from the 1920s and lovely examples of 1950s ‘New Look’ styles. The foundation wear includes corsets from a variety of eras, an Edwardian man’s corset, a 1920s bust bodice (designed to flatten the chest) and a ‘Waspie’ corset from the 1950s.

The majority of the pieces are selected from the Olive Matthews Collection of dress which is housed at Chertsey Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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At Your Leisure

  • 11 February 2017 — 20 January 2018 *on now

In the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century trade union power forced through industrial legislation resulting in half day closing on Saturdays. This combined with a rise in wages, and more disposable income, meant the workers had increased leisure time and more money to spend on it. This exhibition looks at the historical background to some of the activities taking place in Runnymede, which now form part of today's vast leisure industry.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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St Ann's Hill: From hill fort to country park

  • 5 May — 7 October 2017 *on now

A prominent feature on the landscape of Chertsey, historical evidence shows that St Ann’s Hill has been used by humans since prehistoric times.

Pride of place in the exhibition is a J M W Turner sketchbook on loan from Tate Britain which contains studies of St Ann’s Hill drawn to illustrate Samuel Roger’s Poems published in 1834. Sometime between 1827 and 1830 Turner came to St Ann’s Hill to sketch the “villa and garden” of Charles James Fox, perhaps the hill’s most famous resident.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry

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.
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Children's Holiday Activity

  • 17 August 2017 11am-12:30pm *on now

Find out all about Chertsey Abbey tiles, the famous tiles made by monks at Chertsey Abbey. Then have a go at making one yourself out of clay.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£4 per child 50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Museum. Visit the museum website for a booking form or telephone 01932 565764

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Children's Holiday Activity

  • 22 August 2017 10-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm

Create a wonderful beach hut picture using lolly sticks, paint and other sparkly bits — a great thing to do on a summer’s day!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per child 50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Museum. Visit the museum website for a booking form or telephone 01932 565764

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Family Drop-In Activity

  • 24 August 2017 1-3:30pm

Decorate a mini flower pot frame — perfect for putting a summer photo in!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50 per child. This is a family drop-in session, so no unaccompanied children, please.

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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.

15 Minutes of Fun

Free family craft activities
Join us for our monthly family drop-in craft activity.

How to obtain

First Saturday of each month: 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
It’s free and you don’t need to book just come along and join in!

Chertsey Museum App

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

Chertsey Museum, the museum for Runnymede Borough, presents a smart phone app that brings the past and present together in the streets and lanes of the Surrey town. The app brings to life the Museum’s collection of historic photographs of the town's shops and streetscapes. Using GPS and an interactive map, it creates a window on the past from the exact position in which you are standing. Launched to coincide with a previous exhibition “Shops and Shopping,” the images cover the period from 1880 to 1980. Over time the Museum has added further photos to the mobile exhibition.

Find out the history of the traditional, quirky or long-forgotten shops of Chertsey; zoom in to the fascinating photos; and follow a trail through this pretty market town.

How to obtain

The app is available as a free download from both Apple and android app stores.

Memory Box Cafe

People living with dementia and their carers are invited to join us for tea and cake, Make new friends and relax in a friendly, supportive environment.

How to obtain

Free! Just drop in. Third Friday of each month 2pm to 3pm

Museum Monkeys

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

Under 5s club monthly every first and third Friday morning

How to obtain

Cost: £5.00 per child, additional sibling £2.50 (1-5 year olds)
50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Museum
Siblings under 1 are free. Advance booking required.

Young Friends

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

Why not join our Young Friends club and attend half-term and holiday workshops and events at Chertsey Museum? Fun and practical activities are on offer relating to the museum collections and temporary exhibitions. There are also art and craft workshops which follow a seasonal theme. If you have any suggestions about ideas for activities you would like to do at the Museum, please email and let us know. Young Friends is suitable for children aged 6-12 years. Parents are welcome to stay to help in workshops.

How to obtain

Places are limited so booking and paying in advance is essential. Call the Museum on 01932 565764 to make a provisional booking, then print the booking form from the website and send this with a cheque for £5.00 (50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Musuem) made payable to Runnymede Borough Council to Chertsey Museum.

Chertsey Museum
The Cedars
33 Windsor Street
Chertsey
Surrey
KT16 8AT
England

Website

www.chertseymuseum.org

E-mail

enquiries@chertseymuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01932 565764

Fax

01932 571118

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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