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

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.
Death at Dawn: painting by Victor Spink of WW1 fighters

Runnymede Remembered

  • 5 August 2014 — 1 August 2015 *on now

The exhibition details the effect the Great War had on the Borough of Runnymede through articles published in the Surrey Herald newspaper at the time. Borough residents were amongst the first to volunteer to fight, and their stories are told through the writings of the local journalists. At the outbreak of the war there were somewhere in the region of 3,300 men of fighting age living in the Borough of Runnymede, approximately 760 of whom fought for King and Country and never came back.

The exhibition is dedicated to those men and their families.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Salmon pink stretch satin corset dress by Jean Paul Gaultier, c.1988

Fashion Statements

  • 20 September 2014 — 5 September 2015 *on now

Our new fashion exhibition identifies important fashion themes using stunning pieces dating from the 1780s to the 1980s. The themes are Romantic, Outrageous and Classic dress, and the garments have been selected from the Olive Matthews Collection of costume, housed at the Museum.

To give just a taster, the Romantic theme includes beautifully feminine clothing such as flounced day dress from the 1840s and a luxurious ‘New Look’ evening gown from the early 1950s. Amongst the highlights of the Outrageous section is an iconic corset dress by Jean Paul Gaultier, and the Classic category incorporates the ultimate in timeless style – a ‘Delphos’ gown by Mariano Fortuny.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Magna Carta: Freedom under Law

  • 31 January — 31 December 2015 *on now

With loan objects from the National Portrait Gallery, the British Library and the National Trust, together with video interviews with prominent experts, the exhibition explores the history behind some of our liberties and the myth of Magna Carta.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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

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://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/leisure/indoors/chertsey/kids/default.htm

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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