Bourne Hall Museum
Bourne Hall, situated in the heart of Ewell Village, is a remarkable modern building of unusual architectural interest, surrounded by beautiful grounds. Opened in 1970, it is well furnished, well equipped and flexible enough to accommodate most requirements.
With a variety of different sized halls and rooms, it is perfect for anything from a small meeting to the largest of receptions. It is used for conferences, weddings and wedding receptions, fairs, recitals, meetings and parties.
The landscaped gardens, lawns and lake, with a fountain, provide a wonderful backdrop for your events and are particularly impressive for photographs.
Bourne Hall has good parking facilities and is within easy reach of Central London and the M25. West Ewell British Rail Station is five minutes walk away and provides regular direct rail routes to Waterloo and Guildford. Local buses run to and from Ewell Village.
Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History
75th anniversary of D Day and Operation Epsom
- 13 July 2019 11am-4pm
Codenamed Operation Overlord the Allied invasion of France happened on 6 June 1944 after five years of war with Germany. It was a seaborne invasion, the biggest one in history.
By dawn, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, securing bridges and exit roads. The amphibious invasions began at 6.30am.
Thousands of ships set out from the south coast of England, in all over 6,000 vessels joined the attack. They were supported by over 11,000 planes. Throughout the day, some 156,000, British, American and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of Normandy.
The 'D' in D-Day does not stand for anything, it was just the initial the military used when planning the attack. Planning of the invasion was underway before the date it would take place was known. In order to organise things like when the troop ships should leave England the planners referred to it as D-Day.
Operation Epsom (also known as the battle of the Odon), took place at the end of June and was the first major British offensive to be launched after the D-Day landings.
The offensive was intended to outflank and seize the German-occupied city of Caen, an important Allied objective, in the early stages of Operation Overlord.
It was a successful attempt to force the Germans to concentrate their armoured units at the eastern end of the Normandy beachhead and to prevent Rommel from moving any of his panzer divisions west towards the American front, where preparations were underway for Operation Cobra, the main breakout from the beachhead.
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Bourne Hall Museum Club
For children aged 8+ years with an interest in history. Join up for interactive games, exploration and investigation, dressing up and craft activities covering all periods of history. The club meets on the second Saturday of the month at Bourne Hall, from 13.00-14.30.
How to obtain
Each session carries a £3 charge. Contact 020 8394 1734 for more information and to join.
Bourne Hall Museum