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
History of the Museum
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.
logo of the Museum
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.
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
Museum from outside
Committee of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local history Group
(Reg. Charity No. 275465) act as the Trustees of the museum.
Council provides the building and pays the general running costs.
Additional funds are raised through the museum shop, sponsors
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.
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
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
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.
award is for all Volunteers who have worked at the Museum during
the past 36 years.
done to all of our Volunteers and thank you for your service
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.
can find it HERE
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