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


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.

Latest News on the Museum reopening.

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 sharing it.

We thank our visitors and volunteers for their patience! "


Please check back here for further updates


June 2020
VE Day exhibit online

Victory in Europe Day (5 pages)

April 3rd 2020
You can now see our latest exhibit online.

40 Year Anniversary of the Spelthorne Museum (5 pages)

Keep watching for details of some of our older exhibits that will soon be online


Latest Talk (Online only)

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
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

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.

Next Talk (See online links above)
Talks are postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency


Latest Exhibit (See information above)

Closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus

Everyone is invited. Always Free.

*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.

The Library has now closed due to the Coronavirus so the Elmsleigh Room is also closed.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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