Chertsey Museum has a a fine collection of items exploring the history of the Runnymede area. They range from local archaeology and the history of Chertsey Abbey, fine and decorative art, to social history items, a large collection of documents and photographs, and the nationally significant Olive Matthews Collection of Dress and Textiles.
And best of all, entry to the museum is free!
There’s also lots of great activities for kids to get involved with, letting them get creative whilst learning cool facts about history too!
Some current highlights
The Twelve Days of Christmas
To 30 December 2011
- Why are there 5 gold rings?
Who put a stop to Carol singing?
Why is it illegal to play sport on Christmas Day?
Who will be eating humble pie this Christmas?
A Dress for All Seasons
To 25 August 2012
- 200 years of seasonal clothes and accessories from the Olive Matthews Collection
- The theme of the exhibition provides an opportunity to display some of the more unusual items from the Olive Matthews Collection, including a pair of Edwardian ice skates, a rare Victorian swimsuit and a rather more daring, knitted wool bikini from the 1950s.
- Photographs and prints from the collection are included in the display, many of them with a direct connection to the local area.
- There’s also be an opportunity for visitors to dress up in seasonal garments.
The Fabulous Fifties
To April 2012
- Our new display in the Discovery Zone contrasts life in the 1850s with that in the 1950s. Between the 1850s and the 1950s Britain, and indeed the whole world, changed beyond all recognition.
- The changes to everyday life are illustrated in this display in two contrasting room settings.