Chertsey Museum

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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.

Free Wi-Fi and smart phone gallery guide available.

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.
Sack back dress

Dressed For Best

  • 22 September 2018 — 31 August 2019 *on now

Both men’s and women’s formal day wear, court wear and evening dress dating from the 1700s to the 1900s are displayed. Highlights include but are not limited to a stunning and rare 1897 gown by the House of Worth which was worn to the coronation of Edward VII, a dress worn by Queen Mary and a beautiful 1850s wedding ensemble with both day and evening bodices. None of the above has been displayed before.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

abbey model

Chertsey Abbey: Reimagined

  • 4 April — 2 November 2019 *on now

The exhibition features loans from The National Archive in Kew of abbey related documents which are rarely seen by the public. Also on view is a new 3D computer model showing how Chertsey Abbey may have looked in 1362 during its heyday. The model has been created using archaeological reports, comparisons with contemporary buildings, educated guesswork and artistic license!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

Botleys Park, Chertsey

Home Improvements

  • 13 July 2019 — 14 March 2020 *on now

This new exhibition looks at a few of the changes to the English country house over the past seven centuries and details the history of some of the local power houses in the Borough of Runnymede.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry Tues to Fri 12.30 to 4.30 Sat 11 to 4

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.
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Summer Fun

  • 25 July 2019 1-3:30pm

Family drop-in session. Design and decorate a fan with inspiration from the museum collection.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£2.00 per child

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Summer Fun

  • 1 August 2019 11am-12pm, 2-3pm

Craft activity for 6-12 year olds (four and five year olds can come if accompanied by an adult).
Decorate your own frame for a summer holiday photo.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£3.00 per child per session Please call 01932 565764 to book your place

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Summer Fun

  • 8 August 2019 11am-12pm, 2-3pm

Craft activities for 6-12 year olds (five year olds can come if accompanied by an adult).
Make a traditional cup and ball toy and decorate it!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£3.00 per child per session. Please telephone 01932 565764 to book

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Summer Fun

  • 15 August 2019 1-3:30pm

Craft activity for 6-12 year olds (four and five year olds can come if accompanied by an adult). Drop-in session; no need to book.
Create a watery scene using paper plates, tissue and glittery things. Add mermaids or sea monsters, if you wish!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Summer Fun

  • 22 August 2019 1-3:30pm

Craft activity for 6-12 year olds (four and five year olds can come if accompanied by an adult). Family drop-in session; no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.00 per child

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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Summer Fun

  • 29 August 2019 1-3:30pm

Craft activity for 6-12 year olds (four and five year olds can come if accompanied by an adult).
Make a badge in your own style!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

50p per child

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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.

Young Friends

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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.

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

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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

Museum Monkeys

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

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.

Chertsey Museum
The Cedars
33 Windsor Street
Chertsey
Surrey
KT16 8AT
England

Website

http://www.chertseymuseum.org

E-mail

enquiries@chertseymuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01932 565764

Fax

01932 571118

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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