The Museum is
devoted to the history of Spelthorne, which includes Ashford,
Laleham, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell and Sunbury and
is the only establishment of this kind in the Borough.
The archaeology collection is one of major importance
in Surrey. The Museum has many permanent and temporary
in Staines! Ice Age mammoth teeth and tusks found during
local gravel extraction.
of Museum: Mammoth Display
The Roman town of
Ad Pontes was of strategic importance as it was located
at the only crossing point of the River Thames upstream
from London on the road to Silchester. Much Roman material
has been, and is still, found in the Borough, particularly
in the Staines area. Spelthorne Museum holds the second
largest collection of Roman material in Surrey. On display
is a selection of Roman artefacts ranging from roof tiles
to a baby's feeding bottle. There is a reconstruction of
a Roman shop and a model of how the town might have looked.
Interior of Museum: Some of the
many finds from the Roman town of Ad Pontes (Staines)
and the surrounding area.
The London Stone,
dating from 1285, which used to mark the jurisdiction of
the City of London over the Thames as far as Staines
of Museum: The London Stone
Since the Museum
was formally located in the Old Fire Station our pride of
place in the new museum goes to the 1738 Staines Parish
Fire Engine made by Richard Newsham of London.
Interior of Museum: 1738 hand pumped
fire engine from Staines
Courage Building Model
In 2014 we were donated a model
of the old Courage Building which is currently being pulled
down and remodelled in Bridge Street, Staines. Other items
about the building and Courage have been added to the
display. This has been updated recently
The model of the Courage building
that was in Bridge Street, Staines.
rapidly during Victorian times and this display represents
a part of a kitchen in a small house or cottage. The focal
point would have been a coal or coke-burning range, which
provided both heat and cooking facilities. Other items include
a washing tub and dolly and a mangle, most of the items
have a local connection.