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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At Your Leisure

  • 11 February 2017 — 2 June 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

Fashion and Freedom poster

Fashion and Freedom

  • 16 September 2017 — 1 September 2018 *on now

The garments displayed reveal how women’s bodies were initially restricted by their clothing. The exhibition demonstrates that, over time, women began to be freed from the fetters of long, cumbersome skirts, tight, restrictive bodices, corsets and headwear.
The display includes a small but important section on the history of the women’s suffrage movement. It also explores the fascinating stories of Elsie Duval and Olive Beamish, militant Suffragettes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry Tuesday to Friday 12.30 to 4.30 Saturday 11 to 4

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Liquid History

  • 24 March — 13 October 2018 *on now

This new exhibition takes a look at some of the Borough’s rivers; their history and their impact on the lives of those who live and work on them.

The Borough of Runnymede has a number of rivers, including the Chertsey and Addlestone Bourne, the River Wey and the Abbey River, all of which flow into the Thames within the Borough’s boundaries. However, a quick glance at an old map makes one realise just how many other rivers, tributaries and water run-off ditches have been built over as the Borough’s towns have expanded to meet the demands of population growth.

The exhibition looks at ancient settlements and archaeological finds from the rivers; bridges and ferries; weirs, locks and mills; river industries and leisure pursuits. Some of the finds on display in the exhibition, or elsewhere in the Museum, include a replica of the bronze Chertsey Shield found in Abbey Meads in 1985, the original of which is in the British Museum; a magnificent 10th century Viking sword found in 1981 during gravel extraction at Mixham’s Pit, now part of Penton Hook Marina; a late Bronze Age (c.800-600 BC) socketed axe head cast in bronze and an Iron Age cauldron from about 500 BC, both found at the Charlton pit on the Shepperton Ranges.

The exhibition is part of Runnymede Borough Council’s River Celebration Festival 2018. A specially commissioned film accompanies the exhibition and the film will be shown at various events taking place during the festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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.

Fashion and Freedom Study Day

  • 9 June 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

The day will include talks from Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume on Women's Emancipation and Dress and from Nicola Sowter on Madeleine Vionnet - Fashion Pioneer.

There will be the chance to view selected items from the Olive Matthews Collection and a tour of the exhibition, Fashion and Freedom.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15 (£12.50 Friends of Chertsey Museum)
Place are limited, so early booking is advised.
Tickets will not be issued. Refunds not available.
Booking form available on website or please telephone 01932 565764

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

Education @ Women's Suffrage

  • 23 June 2018 11am-1:30pm

Harriet Costelloe, Royal Holloway Colllege Archivist will look at the establishment of women's colleges in the 19th century, the colleges' experiences of the suffrage movement, and alumni of the colleges who went on to take an active role in the Suffrage movement, including Emily Wilding Davison.

After the talk join us for an Equalitea to celebrate Vote 100 with sandwiches, cakes and tea!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12.50 (£10 Friends of Chertsey Museum)

Must be booked and paid for by 16 June. Booking form available on the website or please telephone 01932 565764

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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