What's Happening in
Spelthorne Museum 2017
Roman Spring Festivals
Saturday 1st April the Museum will be holding a Family activity
day from 11am until 3pm it will be about Roman Spring
Festivals Flower Power all over. Members of the Education
Team, dressed as Romans, will be helping with various activities,
trails, competitions and quizzes.
Always free, come along with the kids and have fun!
exhibit of photos of floods and freezes in Spelthorne from
the 19th century to the present.
January to 30th June 2017
welcome, admission Free as always
and Friday 2 -4 pm, Saturday 1:30 - 4:30
First Saturday of each month 11 am to 4:30 pm.
at what we won in 2016!
Museum Press Release:
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised
with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured
with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest
award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and since
then the volunteers have run the museum themselves, with
financial support from Spelthorne Borough Council. Approximately
40 people are involved, the longest-serving having been
involved since the museum opened 36 years ago. Besides staffing
the museum, the volunteers plan and mount exhibitions, both
at the museum and at external events, run family friendly
events in the museum, provide an educational service to
local schools, host visits from community groups, publish
books on local heritage, and answer queries from the public.
A Young Archaeologists Club also meets at the museum.
Nick and Sue Pollard from the Spelthorne Museum Volunteers
were invited to represent the group at a garden party at
Buckingham Palace on 19th May, in the presence of Her Majesty
the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and
the Duchess of Cornwall.
and Sue Pollard at Buckingham Palace
Museum Volunteers are one of 193 charities, social enterprises
and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this
year. The number of awards given to groups this year is
slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary
sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest
award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise
outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created
in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee and
winners are announced each year on 2 June the anniversary
of the Queens Coronation.
The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers will receive the crystal
award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service Committee
Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational
voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community
work with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The
judging panel for this years awards were struck by
the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others
in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate
the very best of democracy in action.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
I would like to congratulate all groups who received
this years Queens Award for Voluntary Service,
in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge
amount of work and commitment these organisations put into
their local communities is surpassed only by the passion
and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope
these groups continue to inspire others to get involved
and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build
a more compassionate society.
Tambini, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council,
“I was pleased to be able to nominate Spelthorne Museum
for this award as I wanted the volunteers to be recognised
and thanked for the fantastic work they do here in the Borough.
The Museum is extremely well run and thousands of visitors
have benefited from the knowledge and passion for local
history shown by the volunteers who work there. Many congratulations
to everyone who has helped over the years, this is very
Julia Gibbs, Chair of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local
History Group which runs Spelthorne Museum, said:
We are tremendously proud to have been honoured
in this way. Its a real recognition of the countless
hours of unpaid work that have been put in by our volunteers
over the last 36 years. We are very much focused
on sharing the history and archaeology of the Borough of
Spelthorne, and we hope that members of the community will
feel inspired to join us and carry on this fascinating and
MUSEUM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Can you spare 2-3 hours
call 01784 461804
Volunteers receive a monthly
newletter called 'Treasures' (previously Volnatters)
to keep them up-to-date with what is happening at
Some of our Volunteers
June 2nd 2016: Our
wonderful Volunteers just won the Queen's Award
for Voluntary Service,
for up to 36 years of dedication to the Spelthorne
you join us?
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
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
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
The SALHG Committee
Back row left to right: Rowena (SPARKS), Sheila,
Sue, Christine (SPARCS) Pam, Inna
Front row right to left: Jenny, Peter, Julia (Chair),
Nick, Jackie (Curator)
Missing from photo
Derick, Gloria (Vol Co-ordinator/ Website Manager)