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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The Elmsleigh Room of the Museum will be re-opening on:
Monday, 17th May.
It will be opened by the Library so the times will be the same as the Libraries opening.

The Thames room, where Volunteers will be working, will be opening on:
Wednesday 19th May, 2pm - 4pm.

Covid 19 protocols will be used in the Museum. There will be a one way system operating, distance awareness should be used and of course Masks should be worn.

You will need to use your NHS app, or log in at the entrance of the Thames Room. Please touch as little as possible while you are with us so that Covid can't spread. Thank you for your patience.

July 31st 2021: All openings will now be back to normal.
Wednesday & Friday 2 - 4 pm,
Saturdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm

At the 2021 Virtual AGM in May, the following members were elected on to the Committee:
Chair - Sheila Montague
Vice-Chair - Sue Rhodes
Treasurer - Julia Gibbs
Secretary/Editor - vacant
Committee - C Mitchell (Newsletter Editor, SPARCS), Sara Collins
Curator - Nick Pollard
Facilities Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, - Gloria Hazell (Co-opted)
Store Manager - Vacancy (Co-opted)
Museum Mentor, SPARCS, Education Team - Rowena Ferneley (Co-opted)
Julia Gibbs remains the Chair of the Trustees

April 10th, 2021

Yesterday, just a few miles away from the Museum, in Windsor Castle, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at the age of 99.
1921 - 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh became the longest-serving consort in the history of the British monarchy on 17 April 2009. Hardly ever did he leave the Queen's side. He has been a real asset to Queen Elizabeth ll, during her Reign. They were married for over 73 years.

He was a 'forward thinker', doing things way beyond everyone else. After visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic between 1956 and 1957, Prince Philip devoted himself to raising public awareness of the relationship of humanity with the environment. He was working on the issues dealing with the Environment long before it was a popular topic. Prince Philip was the first President of World Wildlife Fund - UK (WWF) from its formation in 1961 to 1982, and International President of WWF (later the World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996, and then President Emeritus of WWF until his death.

The pilot of the Duke of Edinbugh Awards scheme launched in February 1956 for boys (girls 1957, both merging in 1980) and was initially composed of four parts: Rescue and Public Service, Expeditions, Pursuits and Projects, and fitness.
Over its 65 year history, the award has helped millions of young people in over 140 countries to develop skills to help them prepare for adulthood, and has been lauded as improving the lives of generations.
(Author: Sophie Parsons)

His Royal Highness was associated with 992 organisations, served as Chancellor of four universities: Wales from 1948 to 1976, Edinburgh from 1952 to 2015 , Salford from 1967 to 1991 and Cambridge from 1976 to 2015. He was also a Life Governor of King's College, London and Patron of London Guildhall University. President of the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR), Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and twice served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC). He was also Patron of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and Master of Trinity House.

Facts found on the listed websites below:

Rest in Eternal Peace, Your Royal Highness


March 25th, 2021

Roman Staines in 10 Objects

This is Spelthorne Museum’s Oculists’ stamp, one of ten objects chosen by the Education Team to illustrate what it was like to live in Pontes, Roman Staines. You will find eating and drinking, trades and buildings, superstition and belief, and staying healthy. Just like the 21st century really! Download the pdf from http://bit.ly/3v6Hee4 where you will also find a School’s Powerpoint version.

March 1st, 2021

We hope that you are all managing to get your Covid vaccine easily.
Stay safe.


January 3rd, 2021.

The Spelthorne area has been put into Tier 4 for Covid, which means that we cannot open. The Library will also be closed and so our doors are closed for now.
More updates as soon as we get them. Stay safe.

December 10th, 2020
We are happy to announce that the Staines Library is now open for browsing and they have agreed to open up the Elmsleigh room of the Museum in the normal way. The Thames Room will still be closed, as Volunteers need to work in there. Stay safe!

December 1st, 2020
Following the announcement that Spelthorne will be in Tier 2 after the current lockdown ends on the 2nd of December, the Trustees of Spelthorne Museum have taken the reluctant decision to postpone re-opening the Museum for the time being. Our archive store will also be closed.

We look forward to normal service being resumed in 2021.....

Have a wonderful December!

Continue to stay safe.

News: November 1st
The Museum will be closed again at least during November, due to the latest Shut in.

In October the Museum will be open on 2 Saturdays.
(10th October) and (17th October) from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Covid protection will be adhered to, with a one way system, and the recommended space needed. Also our Volunteers will be wearing face coverings. We did a trial run a couple of weeks ago and have used the comments from the Volunteers that day to add to our protection for visitors. There is a NHS QR poster there that will allow those with smart phones to scan in to 'Test and Trace' as well. Others will have to sign in.

You do not have to register before coming but we are only allowed 6 people in at a time.

Our current Exhibit in the Thames Room is '40 years of Spelthorne Museum'.

A number of our volunteers are not ready to come in to the Museum yet, but in the coming weeks we hope to have more opening days, with a full schedule running by January as long as everything goes well with Covid.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please stay safe.


We thank our visitors and volunteers for their patience! "


Please check back here for further updates



This is the new mural, as you come up to the Museum on the Library side.


This is the mural that has been added to the side of the Museum on Thames St.
It should attract visitors to the Museum

Latest Talk (Online only)

2021 Talks

Although no actual talks can be presented due to the Covid Pandemic, a couple of talks were presented via Zoom and recorded to add to the website.

Those below have been submitted to YouTube. Just click on the link:

Each talk is available for a limited time only

14th March 2021
Laleham in Old Photos By Nick Pollard

1st April 2021
NEW Stanwell in Old Photos by Nick Pollard

Please check in regularly to see if there are any new talks listed. Thanks

New Exhibits (Online only)

Online exhibit for Victory in Europe Day (5 pages)
40 Year Anniversary of the Spelthorne Museum

Another online Exhibit for VJ Day 75th Anniversary (August 2020)

VJ DAY (2 pages)

Everyone is invited. Always Free.

We have just revamped the website adding some brand new pages, do please take a look at the Queen's Award page, the Accessibility page and the Lino page and another of photos of Staines. 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.

Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group
SALHG are the trustees of Spelthorne Museum. By becoming a member you can enjoy previews of museum exhibitions, social events and have the opportunity to help in the work of the museum.

During winter months there are talks on archaeological or social history items. A quarterly newsletter keeps members up to date.

Members of SALHG receive a quarterly magazine called 'The Museum' which contains museum news, forthcoming events and articles written by members.

The SALHG Board members after receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2016
Left side: Rowena (SPARKS), Sheila, Nick, Pam,
Right side: Peter, Jenny (Secretary), Christine (SPARCS), Julia (Chair), Jackie (Curator),
Gloria (Vol Co-ordinator/ Website Manager). Missing from photo Derick, Sue,

Our recent publication ‘Spelthorne Remembered: World War One’ tells the story of the Spelthorne area in the First World War, as described in the pages of the local newspapers of the time.  It also brings together for the first time the stories of every person with a Spelthorne connection who served in the war, but did not survive to return home. 110 pages, price £10 + P&P. Please see the shop page for details. 

21st March, 2020: CORONAVIRUS: Latest news - As expected Staines Library has now closed down for the duration, and so that means that our Museum is fully closed now, both the Thames Room and the Elmsleigh Room. Keep watching for any updates both on here and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/190760607732257/)
Thanks for your continued support. Stay safe.


The Trustees of Spelthorne Museum 17.3.2020

Out of hours group visits to the Museum can be arranged.
No groups being accepted while the emergency is on
Also members can visit your group to give illustrated talks on various local history subjects.
See 'Education' for further details


Spelthorne Museum is divided into two rooms. The Elmsleigh Room is opened by Staines Library staff and has the history of Spelthorne from the Ice Age to Modern Times. To provide visitors with something different there are two display areas which are changed frequently.

Closed until further notice

Window on Spelthorne
Is a small display case near the Fire Exit and changes roughly every month.

Big Blue Board
The second area in the Elmsleigh Room to have a varying subject is a display board (sadly called 'The Big Blue Board', because that is what it is!).

Temporary Exhibition Area
Closed until further notice
The second of Spelthorne Museum's two rooms is the Thames Room. This is opened when volunteers are on duty and as well as further displays and the Museum Shop it has the Temporary Exhibition area. The Museum aims to have two temporary exhibitions a year. The Thames Room is open Wednesdays and Fridays 2pm - 4pm and Saturdays 1:30pm - 4:30pm (First Saturday of the month only is early opening at 11 am)

Photos of the Museum

Spelthorne Museum needs Volunteers
Can you spare 2-3 hours a month? Interested in the Spelthorne history? Like the Romans? Happy to talk with people? Over 18? Then maybe you would enjoy being one of our Volunteers. No experience necessary training is given.

Volunteers receive a monthly newletter called 'Treasures' to keep them up-to-date with what is happening at the museum and locally.

Our wonderful Volunteers won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, in June 2016, for up to 36 years of dedication to the Spelthorne Museum. All are very proud of that accolade.

Won't you join us?

e-mail: gloria_hazell@spelthornemuseum.org.uk


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