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.
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.
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.
- Any age
Free entry Tuesday to Friday 12.30 to 4.30 Saturday 11 to 4
- 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.
- Any age
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
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
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.
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.
33 Windsor Street