2020: 40th Year Anniversary
of the

4000 year old woman
1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PN. United Kingdom

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Email: staff@spelthornemuseum.org.uk


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Welcome to Spelthorne Museum



The poster is below


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


The Museum is devoted to the history of Spelthorne,
which includes Ashford, Laleham, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell and Sunbury
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.


Posts below this line are modern history!
The Pandemic hit us all hard, and the Museum had to close for around a year.
The posts below were added during that time scale.


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.

Please check in again to see the latest news. Thanks

Good News 8/10/2020

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


This month the Museum will be open on 2 Saturdays.
This week (10th October) and next week (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!

2021 Talks

Although 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 link:

Each talk is available for a limited time only

14th March 2021
NEW 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

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.
We hope to add more later. Enjoy!

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)

Our site for those
Pages for those who are visually impaired
visually impaired

This is our new website that has been uploaded for the Museum's 40th Anniversary.

So What's On?

We are of course closed right now during the Covid 19 Crisis.

April 3rd, 2020:
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

Here 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.

Latest Exhibit
(Please see links above for 2 online Exhibits)

Closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus (now open May 19th 2021)

Please 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.

Next Talk

Talks are postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency -
please see the online links for talks above.

The 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.

The Elmsleigh Room of the Museum is open whenever the Library is open.

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

Window on Spelthorne
(in the Elmsleigh Room - by back emergency exit)

Jenny Scripps took care of this Exhibit until her passing in 2019.
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.


Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be arranged.
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.

The Story of Spelthorne Museum

V.E. Day

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