Museum of Farnham
“The neatest spot on earth – all there is garden.” William Cobbett describing Farnham.
Farnham is a town of outstanding Georgian architecture and a designated town of craft with a lively and artistic atmosphere. The museum aims to reflect this in a varied programme of exhibitions and events for adults and children alike. The museum was founded in 1961 to provide the Farnham community with a collection dedicated to the history of the local area in an elegant Grade I listed Georgian townhouse which still retains many original features, including a beautiful walled garden perfect for picnics. Displays include items from a large and eclectic collection; from archaeological artefacts to nationally important artworks by local artists and an extensive costume collection. The museum holds three major exhibitions per year which aim to please and surprise, from artistic collaborations to exhibitions designed for children and families.
Five things to see and do at the museum
1. Discover the history of a beautiful Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and its many occupants
2. Try the children’s trail or one of the activity packs for all ages
3. Have a look at the exhibitions and find out if you are an adventurous archaeologist or a civil war buff
4. See the wonderful history garden spanning from Roman gardening to a working World War II allotment
5. Join in with brass rubbing or a crafty half-term activity for children or sign up for Museum Club
If you’ve got a bit longer…
6. Ask at the local studies library for assistance with your latest school project
7. Have a picnic in the garden
8. Enjoy one of the new temporary exhibitions
9. Join the hunt for the hundred year old biscuit!
Audio guides, tours and children’s guides are available.
The Garden Gallery
A modern community venue for the town. The beautiful garden gallery in the museum garden is available for parties, conferences, exhibitions and weekly courses.
Wheelchair access to ground floor, shop toilet, Garden Gallery and garden.
Closed: Christmas and New Year
Free admission to perminent galleries and all exhibitions.
The Museum of Farnham's collection illustrates the town's richly artistic and industrial heritage,through from the earliest geological period to the present day.
Important figures represented in the collection include W.H. Allen, Harold Falkner, Ernest Borelli, Stephen Elmer, John Henry Knight and George Sturt. There are displays of Farnham Greenware pottery, motororing history and the hop industry. Highlights of the collection include items belonging to Farnham's most famous son, William Cobbett, and a beautiful morning cap presented to Sir Charles Vernon by King Charles I.
Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- W.H. Allen
- Harold Falkner
- Ernest Borelli
- John Henry Knight
- William Cobbett
- Stephen Elmer
- George Sturt
- hop industry
- Willmer House
- Waverley Abbey
Time to remember: an event to mark the centenary of the first two minute silence
- 1 May 2016 10:30am-4pm *on now
We invite you to join us to remember the first two minute silence which took place in Farnham in May 1916.
Before a fair and auction organised by local farmers to raise funds for the Red Cross during WWI, the people of Farnham gathered and stood in silence and solidarity “as a token of respect to the memory of those who have fallen in the War, to the Wounded, to the Prisoners and to those who are fighting for their Country”. This was probably the first two minute silence in the world.
On Sunday 1 May Farnham will gather for a procession, music, re-enactment and May Day fair hundred years on. This special event will be marked with:
10.30am: A procession along Castle Street
10.50am: A short ceremony, a specially-commissioned performance by Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Band and local musicians, followed by a two minute silence
11.10am: Follow the band and process to Gostrey Meadow
11.20am–4pm: May Day fair on Gostrey Meadow featuring steam fairground rides, exhibitions, more music and a May pole. Light refreshments will be on sale and we encourage you to bring a picnic.
Come and find the Museum of Farnham's exhibition on Gostrey Meadow to find out more about the original event and to take part in a special oral history project.
As part of this event we are also inviting you to write your own poems on remembrance or to loan a photograph of men and women from Farnham who died in service, to be included in this special event.
For further information, or to drop off your photograph or poem, please get in touch with Farnham Maltings (01252 745444).
- Any age
Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7LS (10.30am - 11.20am)
Gostrey Meadow, Farnham Surrey GU9 7RH (11.20am - 4.00pm)
Public car parking is available throughout Farnham. Please note that there will be road closures in place in central Farnham for this event, so leave plenty of time to travel.
Both locations for the event (Castle Street and Gostrey Meadow) are a 5-10 minute walk from Farnham train station.
Services and facilities
Public toilets are available at Gostrey Meadow.
Light refreshments will be on sale at Gostrey Meadow, and we encourage you to bring a picnic.
For those with limited mobility, you may chose to follow behind the procession at your own pace. There will be a temporary road closure, but please feel free to take your time on the pavements.
This event is free.
At the May Day fair Gostrey Meadow there will be rides and stalls for the family to enjoy which will also be available free of charge, although may be ticketed.
Museum Club at the Museum of Farnham
Museum Club is for children aged 6-12 years who are interested in being creative,learning about history and the arts and making new friends.
Museum of Farnham
38 West Street