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 later. Enjoy!
site for those
Latest News on the Museum reopening.
Library is re-opening on Monday 6th July, with certain restrictions.
Museum is NOT opening just yet.
check back here for further updates
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
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
Our Next Talk
talks are suspended until the Coronavirus emergency is over
closed until further notice
see links at the top of the page about the online version of
is invited. Always Free.
Exhibit is located in the Thames Room of the Museum. Opening
Times can be found HERE
the 2020 Virtual AGM in July, the following members were elected
on to the Committee:
Chair - Sheila Montague
Vice-Chair - Mike Taylor
Treasurer - Julia Gibbs
Secretary/Editor - vacant
Committee - C Mitchell (Newsletter Editor, SPARCS), Sue
Rhodes, Sara Collins
Curator - Nick Pollard
Facilities Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Webmistress - Gloria
Store Manager - Jackie Browne (Co-opted)
Museum Mentor, SPARCS, Education Team - Rowena Ferneley
Julia Gibbs remains the Chair of the Trustees
at what we won in 2016!
Museum Needs Volunteers
you spare 2-3 hours a month?
receive a monthly newsletter called 'Treasures' to keep them
up-to-date with what is happening at the museum. During the
Crisis 'Treasures Extra' is being sent out every week so that
we can all keep in touch.
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.
a small display case near the Fire Exit and changes roughly
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!).
Closed until further notice
Please look at the online Exhibits that we have done
while we are closed.
at the top of the page)
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).
and again in 2017
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
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
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