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
To be a Pilgrim the 400 Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower
- 21 September 2019 1-2:30pm
It carried Pilgrims from England and Holland. The Speedwell turned out to be unseaworthy. Both ships were twice forced to return to England. The Mayflower finally left Plymouth, on 16 September 1620. On 19 November 1620, they spotted land. Their destination was the Virginia Colony but the ship was damaged so were forced to land Cape Cod on 21 November.
The Passengers lived on the ship for a few months. They went ashore to build shelters in the day, then returned to the ship at night. About half the people died in the winter of 1620-21. In March 1621, there were enough shelters for everyone to live on land.
Learn what it was like to be a Pilgrim and open up a new world.
£5 per child
Hitler’s Vengeance weapons
- 12 October 2019 1-2:30pm
A week before, on D-Day, Allied armies had invaded German-occupied France. Soon after that first V1 strike, Soviet armies launched a massive offensive against German forces in Poland. From the skies over Germany, British and American bombers were able to raid German cities at will. In the face of this disastrous strategic situation, Germany deployed its 'revenge weapons in a bid to terrorise British civilians and undermine morale. Nazi propaganda hailed these weapons as 'wonder weapons' - also known as the 'doodlebugs' or 'buzz bombs' on account of the distinctive sound they made when in flight - were winged bombs powered by a jet engine. Launched from a ramp, or later from adapted bomber aircraft, the V1's straight and level flight meant that many were shot down before they reached their targets. 29 V1 Flying Bombs fell in the Borough during June - October 1944. They killed 13 people and injured 251. 86 properties were destroyed, 200 seriously damaged and 9,000 suffered blast damage.
The first V2 hit London on 8 September 1944. A streamlined rocket which stood as tall as a four-storey building. Powered by a rocket engine burning a mix of alcohol-water and liquid oxygen, the V2 blasted its way to the edge of space, before falling back to Earth at supersonic speed.
£5 per child
Halloween arts and crafts
- 31 October 2019 10:30am-2:30pm
and have creative fun making Halloween arts and crafts two sessions
10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm
£8 per child £1 sibling discount.
A World War 2 Christmas
- 14 December 2019 1-2:30pm
For many families, the most difficult part of a wartime Christmas would be spending the festive season apart from loved ones. Many men were fighting abroad in the armed forces or were being held as prisoners of war. Women might also be away in the services or carrying out war work. Many children spent Christmas away from home as evacuees. By the end of the war, thousands of families had suffered the death of a family member either in action or from enemy bombing raids.
Christmas luxuries were especially hard to come by at a time when even basic foods were scarce. People were forced to find substitutes for key festive ingredients. Gifts were often homemade and practical, and children’s toys were often made from recycled materials. Cards were smaller and printed on flimsy paper.
£5 per child
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