What's on


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Temporary exhibitions

We are expanding our temporary display programme as we continue to take our collection out into the community.

We currently have four temporary exhibitions around the Borough:

  • Digging the Dirt: Relics from the Past

  • The Devil's in the Detail

  • The Changing Domestic

  • An Advertising Evolution

  • The Wrens of Oxshott


the wrens of oxshott

Brooklands College,

Heath Road, Weybridge KT13 8TT

January - August 2019

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 ‘The Wrens of Oxshott’ exhibition looks at the works of two generations of potters who lived and worked in Oxshott: Denise Wren and her daughter, Rosemary. The display explores the production of the Wrens’ ceramics and the finished products, touching also on family life.

Founded in 1920 by Denise and Henry Wren, the Oxshott Pottery became one of the most celebrated potteries in England, with pieces produced there now on display in the V&A and other national museums. 

To find out opening times, contact Brooklands College


the devil's in the detail

Cobham Library,

Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE

February - August 2019

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This selection of items demonstrates how detail can be used to make things look and feel more luxurious. Floral patterns, embroidery, embellishment, engraving and inlaid materials create beautiful designs that make ordinary objects look extravagant and luxurious.

Stunning shoes, fans, boxes, brooches, and a parasol help to illustrate the desirability of detail and show how everyday items have been glamourized for hundreds of years.

Originally designed for Brooklands College students, this impressive exhibition is being repeated for our audience at Cobham Library.

Check Cobham Library for opening times.


The Changing domestic

Walton Library

54 The Heart, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1GH

October 2018 - April 2019

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From the humble pestle and mortar to multi-functional electric mixers, the display features objects that have helped revolutionize the kitchen from a hidden bunker at the back of the house to the heart of the home.

‘The Changing Domestic’ charts the change in kitchenware and cooking equipment from the Victorian era to the 1980s, telling the story of how we came to cook in today’s kitchens. Discover improvements in technology, the impacts of social shifts on home life and changes in modern design.

This exhibition has previously been on display at Cobham and Dittons libraries and is now making a final appearance at Walton Library.

For opening times see Walton Library.

an advertising evolution

Dittons Library,

Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, Surrey , KT7 0BS

November 2018 - May 2019

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Kellogg’s, Cadbury, Colman’s, Oxo and Heinz: what makes us add branded products to our baskets? Go back in time to the supermarket shelves of the past with ‘An Advertising Evolution’, an exhibition about product design, branding and marketing.

See which products have lasted and which have disappeared through evolving tastes, technologies, and fashions. This display might challenge your perceptions about the products and brands you trust!

What catches your eye on our shelves?

See Thames Ditton Library for opening times. 



Digging the Dirt: Relics from the Past

Civic Centre,

High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD

January - April 2019

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The discovery of archaeological material can tell us a lot about the communities that lived and died long before us. From bricks and stone to pottery, weapons and jewellery; find out about the people of Surrey as we take you on a visual journey from the Stone Age up to the Victorian era, visiting the Romans, the Iron Age and the Middle Ages on the way!

Collecting archaeology became fashionable in the eighteenth century with the discovery of the Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy. The collection of archaeology held by Elmbridge Museum was excavated from the late 1800s and donated from the early 1910s.

We have some fascinating objects on display at the Civic Centre such as a 1670 gold mourning ring found in Cobham, and a Roman strainer dug up from the gravel pits of Thorpe. Come and learn about the significance of these finds and feel inspired to find your own pieces of history by visiting our exciting new exhibition ‘Digging the Dirt: Relics from the Past’.

For opening times see the Elmbridge Borough Council website.


For further information on any of our exhibitions,  please contact us .