Historic High Streets


A number of images may spring to mind upon hearing the words ‘High Street’. Perhaps it’s the steady buzz of locals going about their daily lives, performing all of their usual rituals. Maybe it’s the friendly smiles of the local shopkeepers, or the memory of bumping into a neighbour. It could be something more specific – for some, the lasting image of the high street will always be the way it was in the coronavirus pandemic. The concept of the high street is universally recognised, yet its meaning and identity remain slightly different for everyone.

This exhibition follows on from Elmbridge at War by investigating the evolution of our much-loved local High Streets and primary shopping streets of Elmbridge from the 1950s, 60s and 70s up to the present day.

Find out more in the Historic High Streets online exhibition