Our mission statement is to 'engage people with their past, present and future by collecting, preserving and presenting selected and significant objects from the history of Elmbridge, for the purposes of learning and enjoyment.' In June 2014, Elmbridge Museum closed the doors of its permanent gallery to the public and became an outreach museum. We are continuing to provide an active and vibrant Museum service that meets the needs of our various local audiences. We are using the Museum collections more actively to produce positive impacts with and in the local community.
We at Elmbridge Museum are now based at the Civic Centre in Esher, from where we will continue to provide the services below. This website is your first point of call to access these services:
- The preservation and documentation of over 40,000 artefacts and archives on behalf of the Borough. We are in the process of moving the Collection to a new purpose-built store at the moment. Once it is all unpacked, artefacts will be available to view by appointment, making stored objects more accessible than they have been in the past.
- We are expanding our temporary exhibition programme at key public locations across the Borough, displaying the Museum collections and bringing local history right into the heart of the community. Our first new display space opened in 2014 at the Civic Centre in Esher. In November 2015 we unveiled a new display case at Cobham Library - a collaboration with the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust.
- The Learning and Outreach programme for schools and community groups has been revitalised and expanded. Our Learning services are being made more widely available to various groups in the community. Go to the Learning page to find out more about what we offer to schools and other groups.
- Our popular monthly Family Fun craft activities and events - the What's On page will give you all the information you need to find out where and when these activities will be held.
- More of the Collection will be accessible on this website through a powerful search engine, allowing you to discover a wealth of information and images relating to local historical artefacts. It will mean you can freely explore the collection and will provide a new way to explore the Borough's past. The Collections page is where you will find this fascinating resource. This is a work in progress and it will take some time to get items digitised.
THE MUSEUM'S PAST
Elmbridge Museum initially opened in 1909 as the Museum for Weybridge, and has operated as Elmbridge Museum since 1974.
The origins of the Museum dates back to the late 1800s. The Weybridge Literary and Mutual Improvement Society was formed to inspire 'the artisans and working class of the village', which they sought to do through public exhibitions.
In 1909 the Weybridge Urban District Council opened the Museum for Weybridge, dealing initially only with the Weybridge area. The remit widened to include Walton following the political amalgamation of the Walton and Weybridge Urban District Councils. Eventually the collection of the Walton based museum, established by Mr Percy Webb, was moved to Weybridge after the Second World War. Following the war the Museum reopened on the first floor of the original building, as the Weybridge Library moved in downstairs.
For further information, contact the Museum Team