Chertsey Museum

Chertsey Museum
The Cedars
33 Windsor Street
KT16 8AT




01932 565764


01932 571118

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Chertsey Museum housed in a Regency townhouse
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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

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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.


  • 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.

Shops and Shopping

  • 11 May 2013 — 30 April 2014 *on now

This new exhibition in Chertsey Museum’s Discovery Zone focuses on Shops and Shopping in the borough.

On display are over 80 images of retail premises dating from 1880 to 1980 in Chertsey, Addlestone, Ottershaw and Egham. There are also various shop related items from the Museum’s collections on view, including an 1834 £5 note from Chertsey’s Godley Bank and an aneroid barometer from Burgess & Sons’ bakers shop in Addlestone.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Farewell to All That 1901 - 1914

  • 14 September 2013 — 23 August 2014 *on now

As we move towards the centenary of the start of the First World War, Chertsey Museum’s new fashion exhibition looks back at a golden era.

On display from the Olive Matthews Collection will be garments worn in the years before the conflict, from iconic pieces of underwear, to sports clothing, daywear and dazzling evening dress. Items of particular interest are two diaphanous tea-gowns, rigidly boned corsets, a complete tennis outfit and a voluminous lady’s bathing costume. Eveningwear will include a lavish opera coat attributed to seminal designer Paul Poiret and a stunning salmon pink satin evening gown with a long, sweeping train.

The exhibition has an accompanying catalogue which will be available to purchase from the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Flavours of Surrey

  • 12 April — 30 August 2014 *on now

The display panels have been put together by Surrey Heritage and include food in the Stone and Iron Ages, Roman delicacies like milk fattened snails, early and late medieval farming methods and digging for victory.

Also on display are items from the Museum’s collections, including a 19th century white bone china tea set hand decorated with orchids adapted from James Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala. The tea set, from the Olive Matthews Collection, was last on display at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew during one of their annual orchid events.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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.

Go Barmy for Cloth Bunting

  • 25 April 2014 7-9pm

These tutor-led sessions offer a relaxed environment for adults to have fun with fabric in good company - you bring a bottle, we provide the craft!

Suitable for

  • 18+


£8.00 per person, £7.00 for friends of the museum. Materials provided - Must be booked in advance.


photograph of tailor at a sewing machine

Creative Craft for Adults

  • 25 April 2014 1:30-3pm

These tutor-led sessions offer a relaxed environment for adults to have fun with fabric in good company and with refreshments! Learn how to quilt or weave, embroider or stencil - all materials provided

Suitable for

  • 18+




Night at the Museum

  • 16 May 2014 5-10pm

Join us to celebrate European Night of Museums and International Museums Day. Free family event to celebrate European Night of Museums and International Museums Day.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The event is FREE but booking is essential so refreshments can be ordered. Please telephone 01932 565764 to book or email


photograph of forest path

Young Archaeology Club - Saxons Alive!

  • 17 May 2014 10am-3pm

We are going back to nature to visit Alice Holt Forest! We have a minibus going from Chertsey Museum leaving at 09:00 to the Forest, or you are able to make your own way there - it is only a few miles from the Museum.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£10.00 per child; £5.00 extra if minibus required. Prior booking required by 19 April.



Young Archaeology Club - The Big Dig

  • 21 June 2014 11am-3:30pm

Time for our annual dig on the abbey field opposite the museum. Come prepared for wind, rain or shine. All equipment will be provided. This workshop will run at: 11:00 to 12:30 or 14:00 to 15:30.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£4.50 per child.


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.

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.

Museum Monkeys

Under 5s club monthly every third Friday morning

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.

Young Friends

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.