33 Windsor Street
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
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 Free. 10% discount on shop purchases for Museum Friends, Museums Association and ICOM members.
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
- British Association of Friends of Museums
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.
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.
- 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.
- Any age
- 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.
- Family friendly
Magna Carta: Freedom under Law
- 31 January — 31 December 2015
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.
- Family friendly
Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC)
The Runnymede branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club is hosted by Chertsey Museum. The Club is open to all those aged 8-16 years. It meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month and explores the world of archaeology through site visits, artefact handling and investigation, art and craft activities. Chertsey Museum on 01932 565764 during opening hours.
How to obtain
Membership of the Runnymede YAC is free but individual sessions cost £4.50 (£3 conc) per child. To find out more, contact Chertsey Museum on 01932 565764.
Chertsey Museum App
New smart phone app that brings the past and present together in the streets of Chertsey. There are currently 80 photos of historic Chertsey shops available to view. Coinciding with the Museum’s current exhibition Shops and Shopping, the images cover the period from 1880 to 1980. Over time the Museum will add further photos of shops from other towns in Runnymede and images on other themes.
How to obtain
The app is available as a free download from both Apple and android app stores.
Under 5s club monthly every third Friday morning
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 £4.50 made payable to Runnymede Borough Council to Chertsey Museum.