Online Exhibitions


Elmbridge Museum has been displaying its collections around the Borough for many years.

Here, you can find out much more about the historical topics in each exhibition. These include a variety of extra objects in the collection and the stories they have to tell, as well as oral histories, curator's talks and interviews with expert historians. We're constantly adding to our online exhibition offering, to provide a fascinating glimpse into a rich variety of areas of Elmbridge's local history.

Historic High Streets What did your local High Street used to look like? With the help of a variety of contributions from our local community, this exhibition looks at both 'then' and 'now', tracking the evolution of Elmbridge's primary shopping streets from the 50s, 60s and 70s right up to the present day.
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Objects of Empire The British Empire presents a challenging, contentious history. Local history, especially, might seem worlds away from the colonial landscape, giving many museums no incentive to delve deeper into the topic and uncover now hidden stories. Here, we have started by taking just 20 objects, using the research and commentary of expert historians to look at them from a new perspective - through the lens of the history of the British Empire.
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A Day At The Races The historic sport of horseracing not only holds a unique place in British culture, but in Elmbridge's landscape in particular. Discover the ups and downs in the stories of Sandown and Hurst Park over the ages here.
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Look Back In Anger From Digger occupation to Suffragette arson and beyond, discover the variety of ways Elmbridge has been used as a stage for popular protest movements over the ages.
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Elmbridge At War As the deadliest conflict in history, the Second World War had a huge impact on the country and Elmbridge in particular. Discover the stories of our Borough's resilient residents in our latest project, which will mark the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day in May 2020.
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An Advertising Evolution From cereal packets with cartoon characters, to coronation-themed confectionary tins, this exhibition will make you marvel at the marketing of by-gone eras.
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The Wrens of Oxshott We revisit the remarkable lives and works of Denise and Rosemary Wren - hugely significant mother and daughter potters who lived and worked in Oxshott. Their works are both famous and trail-blazing in the world of pottery and women's history.
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Oatlands: From Henry VIII's palace to First World War hospital Oatlands Palace was an impressive royal residence built for King Henry VIII in 1537. Little remains of the original building, except one of the restored archways on Tudor Walk in Weybridge. Here, we uncover Oatlands' fascinating hidden history.
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People of Elmbridge In 2018 Elmbridge Museum held a temporary exhibition at the Riverhouse Barn to celebrate the lives of significant people from our borough. This online exhibition features some of the stories we told. Meet the past faces of Elmbridge and see how they helped to shape the borough that we live and work in.
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Roman Cobham In 1942, the remains of a Roman bath house were discovered at Chatley Farm, on the outskirts of Cobham. In this exhibition we explore local Roman life, work, culture and practices.
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Votes For Women! To celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, we take a look back at how the Suffragettes of Elmbridge fought for their rights.
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Pulling Teeth: Walton's Dental History We're diving into Walton-on-Thames' dental past, examining dental tools made at Walton's famous factory and tracking the changes to a practice which terrifies many.
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Young Victorians: Childhood in Elmbridge 1837-1901 Childhood in Elmbridge has changed radically since Queen Victoria's reign ended in 1901. However, the themes of home life, education, and play have remained timeless. Here, we assess the changes and continuities within the lives of local children over more than 100 years.
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MILK: The Milk Marketing Board and the 'milk crisis' In this exhibition, we chart the turbulent history of the Milk Marketing Board from its formation in 1933, through the 'milk crisis' and its closure in 1994, to the present day.
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Cecil Hepworth: Cinema's Forgotten Pioneer Cecil Hepworth of Walton-on-Thames was a key player in the early development of cinema. We're taking a look at his life and work, which helped to develop filmmaking techniques that are still used today.
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Taxing Nature 'Taxing Nature' takes a fresh look at some of the creatures in Elmbridge Museum's collections. From real stuffed animals to furry cuddly toys, we question how animals have been depicted and appreciated over the last 150 years.
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A Century of Brownie Guides Here we celebrate over 100 years of the Brownie Guides, looking at what being a Brownie has meant throughout the organisation's history.
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