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

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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.

Flavours of Surrey

  • 12 April — 18 October 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
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

Fshion Statements

  • 20 September 2014 — 5 September 2015

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
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.
photograph of poppy field

Re-Enactment Day

  • 20 September 2014 11am-4pm

To mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, we are holding a re-enactment day on the Abbeyfield opposite the museum. Just turn up; activties throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://chertseymuseum.org/?location_id=149&item=650&itemoffset=

photograph of poppies

Young Archaeology Club: Trench Life

  • 18 October 2014 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

Following our Great War theme, in this session we will be looking at what life was like in the trenches, having a chance to explore a kit bag and to make your own trench periscope to take home. For 8 to 16 year olds (must be booked in advance).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£4.50 per child.

Website

http://chertseymuseum.org/?location_id=149&item=648&itemoffset=

photograph of poppy

Young Archaeology Club: Remembrance

  • 15 November 2014 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

Every year we share two minutes silence on Remembrance Day. What started this tradition? In this session we will visit the war memorial outside St Peter's Church to study the memorial. We will then design our own memorials as well as making a poppy wreath to take home and place at a war memorial that has meaning to you. For 8 to 16 year olds (must be booked in advance).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£4.50 per child.

Website

http://chertseymuseum.org/?location_id=149&item=649&itemoffset=

photograph of British press chauffeurs drinking the King's health at their Christmas dinner

Young Archaeology Club: Wartime Christmas Party

  • 20 December 2014 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

Time for our annual Christmas party with a Great War theme. Was it possible to cook in a trench? What did they eat? Try a few trench food essentials and make some wartime biscuits to take home. For 8 to 16 year olds (must be booked in advance).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£4.50 per child.

Website

http://chertseymuseum.org/?location_id=149&item=647&itemoffset=

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

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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)

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

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

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 £4.50 made payable to Runnymede Borough Council to Chertsey Museum.

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