to Spelthorne Museum
is invited. Always Free.
the Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed.
Latest update 14th July, 2020. This came in from the Museum
Committee for General Release.
Due to the current Corvid-19 restrictions Spelthorne Museum
will be closed until the Autumn.
As soon as we have a date for re-opening we look forward to
We thank our visitors and volunteers for their patience!
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.
Here are the two that have been submitted to YouTube so far.
Just click on the link:
Story of Shepperton. By
in Old Postcards. By
check in regularly to see if there are any new talks listed.
We do have
two new Exhibits on line for you to see. We hope to add more
site for those
on the Museum reopening.
The Library is re-opening on Monday 6th July, with certain restrictions.
The Museum is NOT opening just yet.
Please check back here for further updates
is the latest update of our website, it has been made to commemorate
the 40th Anniversary of the Spelthorne Museum. We hope that
you like it. Please take a look at the online Exhibit of the
History of the Museum. (Link
is located at the top of each page.)
During the Covid 19 close down of
many interesting places, are you looking for some home schooling
history resources? Perhaps you are interested in the heritage
of Spelthorne and the Roman origin of Staines. You can now explore
some of our museum collection in full 3D and investigate objects
from any angle at:
A small example of one of the 3D photos
you can investigate what people ate and how food was prepared
and stored, understand Roman building materials and look at
Roman funerary practices. There is also a fake and some dodgy
restoration to find! My favourite model is the fragment of painted
wall plaster. It is a very modest piece but tells us how the
Roman plasterer and painter went about their work. What is your
favourite model? Leave us a like or a comment to
let us know what you think.
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.
17th March 2020: CORONAVIRUS: SPELTHORNE MUSEUM
IN THE LIGHT OF GOVERNMENT ADVICE, THE THAMES ROOM WILL BE CLOSED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND OUR VOLUNTEERS,
SADLY OUR MEETINGS, PUBLIC TALKS AND ACTIVITY DAYS ARE ALSO
SUSPENDED FOR THE TIME BEING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.
The Trustees of Spelthorne Museum 17.3.2020
talks are suspended until the Coronavirus emergency is over
closed until further notice
Instead, please have a look at the
Exhibit we have now put online by clicking on the poster below
Special Event that tool place on
Saturday 19th October, 2019
at Staines Methodist Church, Thames Street.
with the Mayor at the above event in October
the May 2019 AGM the following members were elected on to the
Chair - Pam Cole
Vice-Chair - Sheila Montague
Treasurer - Julia Gibbs
Secretary/Editor - D Woolley
Committee - D. Hallé, C Mitchell, M Taylor
Volunteer Representative/Web-master - G Hazell
Museum Mentor - R Ferneley
Curator - Nick Pollard
at what we won in 2016!
Museum Press Release:
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Spelthorne Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been
recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service
The 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
and Sue Pollard representing the Volunteers 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 community challenges.
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 the anniversary of the Queens
The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers will receive the crystal award
from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.
information and photos HERE
of our Volunteers
about the Queen's Award
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.
The 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.
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.
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 worthwhile work."
book that was given to us along with the Award
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