to Spelthorne Museum
Museum is devoted to the history of Spelthorne,
which includes Ashford, Laleham, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell
and is the only establishment of this kind in the Borough.
The archaeology collection is one of major importance in Surrey.
The Museum has many permanent and temporary displays.
Everyone is invited. Always Free.
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.
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!
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.
look forward to normal service being resumed in 2021.....
a wonderful December!
to stay safe.
check in again to see the latest news. Thanks
new Mural at the entrance to the Museum at the back of the Library
month the Museum will be open on 2 Saturdays.
This week (10th October) and next
week (17th October) from 1:30 to
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
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!
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.
Those below have been submitted to YouTube. Just click on the
talk is available for a limited time only
in Old Photos By Nick Pollard
in Old Photos by Nick Pollard
check in regularly to see if there are any new talks listed.
We now have three new Exhibits on line for you to see. The latest one is being added today (August 7th 2020)and is about VJ Day.
to add more later. Enjoy!
Another online Exhibit
for VJ Day 75th Anniversary (August 2020)
site for those
is our new website that has been uploaded for the Museum's 40th
are of course closed right now during the Covid 19 Crisis.
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: https://sketchfab.com/spelthornemuseum
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.
(Please see links above for 2 online Exhibits)
until further notice due to the Coronavirus
see the online version instead.
This Exhibit is located in the Thames Room of the Museum, that
is open Weds, Fri: 2 - 4 pm and Saturday 1:30 -4:30 pm. First
Sat of each month we open at 11 am. until 4:30 pm.
are postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency
please see the online links for talks above.
Library has closed due to the Coronavirus so the Elmsleigh Room
is also closed as well
For those who do not know we are located through the Staines
library, just come on in.
Elmsleigh Room of the Museum is open whenever the Library is
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
(in the Elmsleigh Room - by back emergency exit)
Jenny Scripps took care of this Exhibit until her passing in
As a Memorial to her and her unfailing work at the Museum a
plaque was installed in her memory.
She is sadly missed by us all.
Early opening on Saturday morning: Closed
until further notice
On the first Saturday of the month we have an
additional session in the Thames Room when we open at 11 am.
The Thames Room closes at 4:30 as normal on a Saturday.
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