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 five temporary exhibitions around the Borough:

  • Votes for Women

  • The Devil's in the Detail

  • Come Fly with Me

  • Walton on Film

  • The Changing Domestic


Civic Centre,

High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD

January - July 2018

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To celebrate 100 years of women securing the vote, Elmbridge Museum is displaying a selection of period artefacts that help to tell the story of the struggle of the suffragettes. Photographs and propaganda bring the story close to home as you learn about the force-feeding of political prisoners and the reality of working life in war-time Elmbridge.

From images of Kitty Marion and the burnt-out Hurst Park Racecourse grand stand to an Edwardian hat, boots, costume and blouse, this exhibition will help you travel back in time to truly understand what it was to be a woman in 1910s Britain.

Check out our online exhibition which is linked to this display.




the devil's in the detail

Brooklands College,

Heath Road, Weybridge, KT13 8TT

January - August 2018


‘The Devil’s in the Detail’ showcases intricate artefacts from Elmbridge Museum’s textile, woodwork and ceramic collections. Stunning shoes, fans, boxes, brooches, a parasol and other objects help to illustrate that tiny details have been thought of as desirable for hundreds of years. Embroidery, embellishment, engraving and inlaying all add to the opulence of the items on display.

This exhibition was designed specifically with Brooklands College Design students in mind.



Come fly with me

Cobham Library,

Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE

February - September 2018


This exhibition draws upon the theme of ‘Air’, which is being celebrated this year by Surrey Museums. Interesting facts, butterflies and birds bring the museum’s natural history collection to life for ‘Come Fly with Me’. Learn about nineteenth century local collectors and the bizarre methods they used to preserve and display the specimens they caught. Younger visitors can also get involved with the Surrey Museums i-Spy trail by grabbing a booklet from the library information desk (from April).



Walton on film

Walton Library

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

April - September 2018


 The glamourous film industry of Walton-on-Thames is something that many residents are proud of.

When Cecil Hepworth bought a residential house in Walton-on-Thames, no one could have known that he planned to turn the house into a successful film studio. Hepworth produced popular silent movies like ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Comin’ Thro the Rye’ and ‘Rescued by Rover’ in Walton. He employed big stars like Alma Taylor, Chrissie White and Henry Edwards to feature frequently in his movies.

This exhibition follows the story of the film industry in Walton-on-Thames from the founding of Hepworth Studios, to its takeover by Nettlefold Studios in the 1930s, and its final demolition in 1959.

To learn more about Hepworth’s film industry, see our Online Exhibition, ‘Cecil Hepworth: Cinema's Forgotten Pioneer’.

The Changing domestic

Dittons Library,

Mercer Close Thames Ditton, Surrey , KT7 0BS

November 2017 - April 2018

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Discover how we came to cook in today’s kitchens. ‘The Changing Domestic’ charts kitchenware and cooking equipment from the Victorian era to the 1980s. 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 display deals with technological progress, the impacts of social shifts on home life and changes in modern design.




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