40th Year Anniversary
of the

4000 year old woman
1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PN. United Kingdom

Phone: 01784 461 804

Email: staff@spelthornemuseum.org.uk


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Welcome to Spelthorne Museum

Everyone is invited. Always Free.

During the Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed. We do have two new Exhibits on line for you to see though. Enjoy!

40th Anniversary of Spelthorne Museum (5 pages)
Victory in Europe Day (5 pages)

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History of the Museum
Modern archaeological excavations in Staines began in 1969 and confirmed that Staines was the site of the Roman 'Ad Pontes' (literally 'At the Bridges'), referring to bridges over the Thames and the Colne. As a result of these excavations there was considerable public pressure for a suitable place to display the finds.

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Old logo of the Museum

Spelthorne Borough Council provided the Old Fire Station next to the Town Hall, and the museum opened in 1980. Since then the collection has grown to cover the whole Borough's archaeology and history. At the end of 2003 the Old Fire Station was sold as part of the Old Town Hall regeneration, and the museum contents went into storage. On July 30th, 2005 the museum re-opened in the former car park offices as a temporary measure in the first stage of a larger professionally designed museum.

Finally, on Saturday 21st October 2006, the new professionally designed Spelthorne Museum was opened by television presenter Michael Aspel with the entrance through Staines Library giving access to displays on the story of Spelthorne from the Ice Age to modern times.

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Spelthorne Museum from outside

The Committee of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local history Group (Reg. Charity No. 275465) act as the Trustees of the museum.

The Council provides the building and pays the general running costs. Additional funds are raised through the museum shop, sponsors and grants.

The Spelthorne Archaeological Field Group (SAFG) was formed in 1976 as a result of the interest in the archaeology of the area. The Friends of Spelthorne Museum group was founded in 1996 to help the museum become more closely involved with the community and to assist with running it, which is entirely on a voluntary basis. In 2010 these two groups combined to form the Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group. Continually close links with other archaeological groups ensure interesting exchanges of information throughout the year. A series of talks is arranged for the first Thursday of every month from September to April. These are open to everyone. If you are interested in building upon our rich local history and speaking at one of our monthly gatherings, please let us know.

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In 2012 Spelthorne Museum became one of the first in the country to be Accredited. Well done to everyone at the Museum for working so hard on getting such an accolade. In 2017 the Accreditation was renewed.

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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

June 2nd 2016: The Museum Volunteers were awarded the highly prized Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, an award equivalent to an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for Volunteers.

This award is for all Volunteers who have worked at the Museum during the past 36 years.

Well done to all of our Volunteers and thank you for your service and dedication.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


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As an addition to the web site during the Covid 19 Crisis, we have made the 'History of the 40th year Anniversary of the Museum' into an on-line Exhibit.

You can find it HERE

Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be arranged.
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.

The Story of Spelthorne Museum

V.E. Day

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