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
Award for Voluntary Service
Museum Press Release:
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised with
the Queens Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with
the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award
a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and since then the volunteers
have run the museum themselves, with financial support from
Spelthorne Borough Council. Approximately 40 people are involved,
the longest-serving having been involved since the museum opened
36 years ago. Besides staffing the museum, the volunteers plan
and mount exhibitions, both at the museum and at external events,
run family friendly events in the museum, provide an educational
service to local schools, host visits from community groups,
publish books on local heritage, and answer queries from the
public. A Young Archaeologists Club also meets at the museum.
and Sue Pollard from the Spelthorne Museum Volunteers were invited
to represent the group at a garden party at Buckingham Palace
on 19th May, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke
of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Nick and Sue Pollard at the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
The Queen at the Garden Party.
Museum Volunteers are one of 193 charities, social enterprises
and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher
than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving
and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award
given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding
work in their communities. It is the equivalent to an MBE. The
awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Golden
Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June
the anniversary of the Queens Coronation.
The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers received the crystal award
from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey in the summer of 2016.
Julia receiving the Crystal Award
The SALHG Board of Directors at the Award
The Mayor attended the ceremony as well
Some of the Volunteers attending
award with it's box and a Museum postcard
We can now use this logo on all of our paperwork
and our website
of our Volunteers
Queens Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former
broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary
groups who have been rewarded for their community work with
a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel
for this years awards were struck by the quality and breadth
of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others
in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the
very best of democracy in action.
for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
I would like to congratulate all groups who received
this years Queens Award for Voluntary Service, in
recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount
of work and commitment these organisations put into their local
communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation
of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue
to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact
so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.
Gibbs, Chair of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group
which runs Spelthorne Museum, said:
We are tremendously proud to have been honoured in
this way. Its a real recognition of the countless hours
of unpaid work that have been put in by our volunteers over
the last 36 years. We are very much focused on sharing the history
and archaeology of the Borough of Spelthorne, and we hope that
members of the community will feel inspired to join us and carry
on this fascinating and worthwhile work
cake that Sue made!
book that was given to us along with the Award
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