to Spelthorne Museum
is invited. Always Free.
Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed. We do have two new Exhibits
on line for you to see though. Enjoy!
site for those
of the 1890s' - A 90 minute workshop looking at everyday
life in Staines during the year 1890 when Staines was
a smoky, smelly manufacturing town as it was changing
from an agricultural way of life to the coming of railways
and industry. After a whole class introduction by volunteers
in Victorian costume, small groups study home life,
schools, and games. it includes handling Victorian objects
note only one class can fit into the musuem at any one
there is no charge for this session, we do rely on the
children spending money in the museum shop. (see below)
If your school does not want to do this then we ask
for a £20 donation per class.
have a Victorian Loan box available for 2 weeks loan
for a £20 refundable deposit. To accompany the
box there is a Teachers Guide which costs £2.50
which shows how the box can be used to promote observation,
comprehension, reading, mathematics and writing. Other
publications include a childrens book Child
of Today looks back at the Victorian Age (£1)
Box containing objects from a typical Victorian home
in Spelthorne in about 1890. Available for 2 weeks for
a £20 returnable deposit.
Teachers' Guide No 1
'Child of the 1890s' Children's lives in late Victorian
'Child of Today Looks Back at the Victorian Age' A Child's
guide to life in Victorian times £1
very latest session, about the Stone Age, or Prehistoric,
is now available, focusing on the Neolithic or New Stone
Age. It has been trialled successfully with a local
school and is designed to support the National Curriculum.
After the whole class introduction by volunteers dressed
in costume the class is divided into three groups, each
looking at how people lived, what sort of food they
ate, and a material handling session.
Spelthorne is fortunate in having had important Prehistoric
sites and the importance of these is explained to the
Neolithic Session has been developed with the support
of Surrey County Councils Learning on my
Teachers Resource Pack No 3 - designed to help teachers
to study local history using resources available such
as maps, census information and trade directories. It
is based on 3 families trading in Staines High Street
in the 1880s and contains copies of historical sources,
questions and activities. It is designed to teach how
to use primary sources and develop historical thinking.
'Take Three Famillies' Pack £7.50
Local & Family History
Spelthorne Museum has a large archive and photographic
collection which may help in researching your family history
and local history projects. It also has copies of several
directories, such as Kelly's and bound copies of The Middlesex
Chronicle ( a local newspaper) going back to the 1800s.
If you have an enquiry e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
but please remember we are all volunteers and it may take
some time to find.
well as working with schools, the Education Team can also
host group visit sessions for out of school groups such
as scouts, guides cubs and brownies. Arrangements can
also be made for Adult Group visits outside normal opening
hours with a conducted tour of the museum by one of the
Family Activity Days usually have a specific theme
and invite everyone for fun and games in the museum.
Publications - a series of 'Little Books' aimed
to get people interested in the history of Spelthorne.
To contact the Education Team on any of the above subjects,
for further details
you have an enquiry about the history of the Spelthorne
area and think Spelthorne Museum can help, e-mail
email@example.com but please be patient,
we are all volunteers and it may take some time to investigate
Museum has a small shop selling many items of historical
interest and publications on history in the local area.
It includes plenty of 'pocket-money' items such as model
Roman soldiers, cut-and-colour sheets, Victorian money
and children's books.
shop is in the Thames Room and is normally only open
when volunteers are on duty Wednesdays & Fridays
2 - 4pm and Saturdays 1.30 - 4.30pm. First Saturday
of each month 11 am - 4:30pm. However it can also open
for school sessions and group visits.
Education Team photos
Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be
Also members can visit your group to give illustrated talks
on various local history subjects.
See 'Education' for further details
We have again revamped the website for the 40th Anniversary
of the Museum. Please take a look at the Queen's Award page,
the Accessibility page, the photos of Staines page and the Lino
page. There is also a map page showing how to get to us, people
are always saying to us that they didn't know that we are located
through the Library, on the map page we show photos of our building
related to everywhere else around us.
We also have
NEW pages showing the Exhibits that are supposed to be in the
Thames Room, however they can be seen on here while we are closed,
due to the Coronavirus.
Story of Spelthorne Museum
Outer: 4,000 year old lady
Inner: Lino Design