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

  • Puffing Along

  • The Wrens of Oxshott

  • 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 - June 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.



Puffing Along

Cobham Library,

Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE

August - January 2018

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the UK smoking ban in all enclosed work places, Elmbridge Museum presents ‘Puffing Along’: a look at the museum’s collection of smoking equipment and paraphernalia. Starting with clay pipes from the 1800s, the display tells of famous local smokers, the importance of front line smoking during the First World War, and asks how our attitudes to smoking have changed.



The Wrens of oxshott

Walton Library

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

October - March 2018

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 Walton Library’s newest exhibition revisits a display previously shown at Cobham Library about the Oxshott Pottery which was set up by the Wren family.

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.

‘The Wrens of Oxshott’ exhibition looks at the works of two generations of potters who lived and worked at Oxshott: Denise and her daughter, Rosemary. It enquires into the production of the pottery, as well as the finished articles.  



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.