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.
Spelthorne Borough Council provided the Old Fire Station 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
An animation of a
few items in the Thames Room. Each picture lasts around 8
Villagers have the
right to hold the traditional Stanwell Fair on the village
green every year on the 26th May. In 2005 Bill Wright, Staines
Town Cryer, shown here in front of the Friends of Spelthorne
Museum display opened Stanwell Fair.