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.
50 Years of Fashion
- 19 September 2015 — 3 September 2016 *on now
It is fifty years since Chertsey Museum first opened its doors in 1965. To celebrate this important anniversary, our new fashion display features fashionable women’s wear dating from the 1960s to the present days selected from the Olive Matthews Collection.
The display takes visitors on a journey from the tight waists and full skirts of the early 1960s right through to the darkly imaginative designs of Alexander McQueen in the 2000s. On the way it is possible to explore the futuristic styles of the mid-‘60s, the flowing skirts of the hippie era and power dressing from the 1980s. Assiduous collecting of key designers’ work from the second half of the 20th century has been undertaken in recent years by the Olive Matthews Collection trustees. This means we have been able to include important pieces by André Courrèges, Thierry Mugler, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Ossie Clark and Issey Miyake to name but a few.
- Family friendly
Wild about Runnymede
- 12 May — 1 October 2016 *on now
The exhibition also includes a section about the work which the Surrey Wildlife Trust is doing on the River Wey. Family events linked to the exhibition will take place during the summer holidays.
- 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