4000 year old woman
1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PN.
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The poster is below


The Elmsleigh Room of the Museum will be re-opening on:
Monday, 17th May 2021.
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

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.

Below is history of Covid and the Museum...

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.


Latest News: November 1st
The Museum will be closed again at least during November, due to the latest Shut in.
Please check in again to see the latest news. Thanks

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

Our new Mural at the entrance to the Museum at the back of the Library

We now have two on line exhibits for you to see:

40th Anniversary of Spelthorne Museum (5 pages)
Victory in Europe Day (5 pages)

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

VJ DAY (2 pages)

Latest Talk (Online only)

2021 Talks

Although no actual talks can be presented due to the Covid Pandemic, some 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

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 - vacant(Co-opted)
Museum Mentor, SPARCS, Education Team - Rowena Ferneley (Co-opted)
Julia Gibbs remains the Chair of the Trustees


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

Latest Talk
All talks are suspended until the Coronavirus emergency is over
Please see the online talks links above.

Latest Exhibition 2020

Exhibit closed until further notice

Please see this exhibit online. Link at the top of the page


June 2nd, 2016

Look at what we won in 2016!

Spelthorne Museum Press Release:
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Spelthorne Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s 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.

Nick and Sue Pollard at Buckingham Palace

Spelthorne 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 Queen’s 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 Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers will receive the crystal award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.

More information and photos HERE

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