at what we just won!
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 for 2016
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 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 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
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
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
Our latest Acquisition
ACQUIRES IMPORTANT PAINTING OF STAINES'
Spelthorne Museum, Staines,
has acquired at auction an important local painting, Staines
with St. Marys Church by Edward H. Niemann. The large
oil painting, which dates from c1880, shows the Thames at Staines
with St. Marys Church, and was purchased for the museum with
the generous assistance of the Art Fund.
Museum spokesman Nick Pollard
commented This painting is an important addition to our collection
and forms a valuable record of the riverside at Staines, when it
still had a rural aspect. It will be the centrepiece of future exhibitions
of views of the riverside in Spelthorne. We are extremely grateful
to the Art Fund for enabling us to purchase this painting, which
otherwise would have been beyond our resources. Niemann was
well known in the mid Victorian period for his views of the English
countryside and along the Thames in particular, and this is the
first of his work to be owned by the museum. It is now on display
in the Thames Room at the museum.
The museum also acquired several
other paintings, prints and other items relating to the Boroughs
history at the same auction, for which it will be seeking sponsorship.
At the 2016 AGM the
following members were elected on to the Committee:
Chair - Julia Gibbs
Vice-Chair - Jackie Browne
Treasurer - Inna Bruvere
Secretary/Editor - Jenny Scripps
Committee - Peter Bailey, P. Cole, D. Hallé, S Montague, N Pollard
Volunteer Representative/Web-master - G Hazell
Museum Mentor - R Ferneley
Curator - J Browne
Ralph Parsons passed away
after a short illness in February 2015. Ralph had worked as a volunteer
for 15 years and was the Curator before Jackie Browne.
Nick had to miss the AGM in
2015 because he was called to the Mayors Charity event where Spelthorne
Museum was given a cheque for £100 for service to the community.
some recent additions on sale in the Museum shop in
the Thames Room. which is open when volunteers are
on duty Wednesdays and Fridays 2pm - 4pm. Saturdays
(first Saturday of the month only is early opening
at 11 am) 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Why the Barons came to Staines in 1215
£1.50 (£1 p & p)
Spelthorne - Part 1 1914
Spelthorne Heroes who died in 1914
£3.00 (£3.30 p & p)
Town Hall : Surrey's Finest
£2.00 (£3.30 p & p)
and Shepperton in World War One
History of the area in the Great War
Price £7.00 (£3.30 p & p)
in Staines at Riverbank
by Jenny Scripps to go
with the WW1 Exhibit
Price £1.50 (£1 p & p)
These two books
are by Chris Howkins, they are a mix of Natural
History and History of what various plants were
used for long ago. For iinstance in the Oak book
there is a photo of the old tool used to cut mistletoe
with that is now in Chertsey Museum.
1. Heathers &
£5.00 (£2.30 p & p)
2. Gorse, Broom
& Heathlands Price £5.00 (£2.30
p & p)
3 books are by Chris Howkins
the Memories Fade
by Don Burt, MBE
Price £5.00 (£2.30 p & p)
History of Walton Bridge
by Nick Pollard
60 pages in colour
Price £7.00 (£3 p & p)
book is published by the Sunbury and Shepperton
Local History Society.
new Walton Bridge was officially opened on
July 11th 2014
now have a large model of the bridge in the
reprinted book is
My Village by
p & p)
monthly talk programme run by Spelthorne Archaeology
and Local History Group (SALHG) each series runs from
September until April each year. Talks are held in either
Staines Methodist Church, Thames Street, Staines or
the Fordbridge Centre, Fordbridgr Road, Ashford and
start at 8pm. There is a varied programme of talks covering
both local history and archaeological subjects. Admission
is free to members of SALHG, non-members welcome at
a charge of £2 per person with tea or coffee and
biscuits just 40p.
full schedule of talks please look on the Talks
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
Is a small display
case near the Fire Exit and changes roughly every month.
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!).
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 (first
Saturday of the month only is early opening at 11 am) 1.30pm
SPELTHORNE MUSEUM ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY
TO BE ACCREDITED
Museum is delighted to announce that it has been
awarded Accredited status in the first round of
the updated Arts Council Museum Accreditation Scheme.
The Accreditation scheme sets nationally agreed
standards for museums in the UK. It has led the
way in raising museum standards in the country,
and has been used as a model and source of inspiration
for similar schemes overseas.
Spelthorne Museum is one of the first in the country
to receive this award, and the achievement is even
more remarkable because unlike many of the 1,800
museums taking part, it is entirely volunteer run,
with the support of Spelthorne Council.
The assessment panel commented that Spelthorne
Museum displayed consistent enthusiasm and commitment
to the accreditation process. Museum Chair
Julia Gibbs added Our small team have done
a fantastic job in putting together new procedures
to meet ever rising standards in museums, with great
support from our enthusiastic team of volunteers,
who help to put it all into practice. We have been
told our submission is being seen as a model for
other small museums to follow.
Spelthorne Museum 7/11/2012