Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation all museum events are postponed until further notice.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page in line with Public Health Recommendations. Thank you for your understanding at this time.
Elmbridge Museum runs Museum Explorers, a club for enthusiastic young historians aged 5-13 and their families. Our workshops use an exciting mix of games, object handling activities and arts and crafts to explore the fascinating history of the local area, from prehistoric Elmbridge to the borough's Tudor past.
Parents and carers take part in the workshop with their children and can get involved in special events, such as a visit from our Exhibitions and Interpretation Officer to provide unique insights into what goes on behind the scenes at the museum!
To find out what events we have planned and to book please visit our Family Fun page.
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:
We are running a number of short public talks alongside our exhibitions. These free talks expand upon the process of creating the exhibition and shed further light on each topic, with the added opportunity for questions.
Alongside our physical displays, Elmbridge Museum works closely with community partners to produce online material and projects for varied audiences.
Our current projects are:
the wrens of oxshott
Heath Road, Weybridge KT13 8TT
February 2019 - March 2020
‘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.
View the online exhibition, or see the Brooklands College website for opening times.
A Day at the Races
Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, Surrey , KT7 0BS
April - September 2020
The historic sport of horseracing not only holds a unique place in British culture, but in the story of Elmbridge in particular. Since the opening of Sandown and Hurst Park in 1875 and 1890 respectively, this great British pastime has been at the heart of Elmbridge's identity.
In this exhibition, we reveal the ups and downs in the stories of Sandown and Hurst Park, from their beginnings at the Starting Line, overcoming challenging Hurdles, and through to the Home Straight and Finishing Line in the modern day.
View the online exhibition, or see the Dittons Library website for opening times.
Come fly with me
54 The Heart, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1GH
October 2019 - May 2020
Think our Elmbridge skies are dominated by aircraft alone? Think again!
Long before airplanes took off, Elmbridge had plenty of smaller airborne inhabitants. At Elmbridge Museum, we’re showcasing flight through our natural history collection. See old and beautiful birds, butterflies and moths up close and personal. There’s even a chance to discover where you can find some of these species for yourself within our commons, parks and green spaces!
View the online exhibition, or see the Walton Library website for opening times.
Look Back in Anger
Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE
March - August 2020
Protest has brought about vital change for centuries.
But why did the defiant Diggers take up their pitch forks and occupy St. George's Hill? Who were the rebellious female Suffragettes who set fire to Hurst Park racecourse? What pushed Thames Ditton residents to war in the 1960s in the 'Battle of Ditton'? And how have local protests been mocked and mimicked in popular culture since the turn of the 20th Century?
In this exhibition - part of our 'Diggers of Elmbridge' project - you will gain a glimpse into the root causes of a variety of local campaigns, and examine the war of words and defiant deeds of activists across the ages.
View the online exhibition, or see the Cobham Library website for opening times.
Elmbridge at war: the blitz in our borough
Elmbridge Civic Centre,
High Street, Esher, KT10 9SD
January - June 2020
What makes Elmbridge's position in the Blitz's history books so unique? The story is riddled with contrasts and contradictions. Some parts of Elmbridge escaped relatively unscathed and others were subject to heavy shelling.
At our latest exhibition, discover the locals who showed remarkable resilience whilst facing attack in their streets, shops and homes. From the members of the Women's Land Army in Cobham to the workers at the Vickers-Armstrong factory in Brooklands - all played their part in our Borough's own Blitz experience. Their vital roles are revealed in a narrative which begins before the air raids started and ends with the final all-clear.
View the online exhibition, see the Civic Centre website for opening times.
ELMBRIDGE AT WAR: THE BLITZ IN OUR BOROUGH
Elmbridge Civic Centre Foyer, High Street, Esher, KT10 9SD
Join us for a free talk alongside the new 'Elmbridge at War' exhibition in the Civic Centre.
Elmbridge Museum's Exhibitions Officer will describe the process behind researching and installing our newest exhibition, while also outlining Elmbridge's varied and unique experience of the Blitz in more detail. Come along to hear about the local people who saved lives, helped the war effort, and endured terrifying bombing raids. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of each talk.
All talks are free. Booking is not required.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation these public talks have been postponed. You can now listen to the full talk online, on the Elmbridge at War Online Exhibition page.
LOOK BACK IN ANGER
Cobham Library, Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE
As part of our new exhibition, 'Look Back in Anger', we will be holding a number of free Curator's Talks at Cobham Library.
Elmbridge Museum's Exhibitions Officer will be talking about the Digger Movement which originated in St George’s Hill but whose influence reached far beyond Elmbridge to the whole country. Come along to find out about this protest movement and many more across Elmbridge, and discover the process behind putting them all into an exhibition.
All talks are free. Booking is not required.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation these public talks have been postponed. You can now listen to the full talk online, on the Look Back in Anger Online Exhibition page.
COMING SOON: THE DIGGERS OF ELMBRIDGE
Online exhibition and video trail
In 1649, a small collection of men and women dug the strip of common land that was - and still is - called St. George's Hill. They were spurred on by the words of their leader, Gerrard Winstanley, who preached that all men had and equal right to use land.
Yet, the Diggers' full story is one which is tied up in the turmoil, controversy and bloodshed of the English Civil War. It was played out across our entire Borough and had an international impact.
In partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Citizens 800 Project, Elmbridge Museum is redeveloping the current Surrey Diggers Trail. The long struggle faced by Winstanley and his followers from start to finish will be brought to life for families and schools on our website, using: