Godalming Museum

Godalming Museum The friendly Museum in the High Street. Behind its narrow blue entrance the museum opens out into history and art galleries, a library and a visitor point.

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There’s still time to catch the Compton Artists’ exhibition at the Godalming Museum. This friendly and enthusiastic grou...
19/10/2021

There’s still time to catch the Compton Artists’ exhibition at the Godalming Museum. This friendly and enthusiastic group led by tutor Ronnie Ireland work in a variety of painting mediums. Terms are ten weeks and each term focuses on a theme for the subject matter. For all museum info including opening times/days, exhibitions, online shop and more visit
Exhibition on till 30 October http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk
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There’s still time to catch the Compton Artists’ exhibition at the Godalming Museum. This friendly and enthusiastic group led by tutor Ronnie Ireland work in a variety of painting mediums. Terms are ten weeks and each term focuses on a theme for the subject matter. For all museum info including opening times/days, exhibitions, online shop and more visit
Exhibition on till 30 October http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk
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GODALMING SAXON CEMETERY LECTURE – Join Dr Lia Betti of Roehampton University and Rob Poulton from Surrey County Archael...
28/09/2021

GODALMING SAXON CEMETERY LECTURE – Join Dr Lia Betti of Roehampton University and Rob Poulton from Surrey County Archaelogy Unit for a fascinating insight into the excavation of this remarkable site near to Godalming Parish Church. The lecture will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 29 September at 7.30pm
Price £5.00. Purchase via the Museum’s online shop at or call in to the museum to book.

Please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk/index.php for opening times and all Museum Info.
Digging Surrey's Past
Council for British Archaeology - London
Surrey Heritage #excavator
#saxoncemetery

GODALMING SAXON CEMETERY LECTURE – Join Dr Lia Betti of Roehampton University and Rob Poulton from Surrey County Archaelogy Unit for a fascinating insight into the excavation of this remarkable site near to Godalming Parish Church. The lecture will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 29 September at 7.30pm
Price £5.00. Purchase via the Museum’s online shop at or call in to the museum to book.

Please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk/index.php for opening times and all Museum Info.
Digging Surrey's Past
Council for British Archaeology - London
Surrey Heritage #excavator
#saxoncemetery

From Tuesday 21 September, a new exhibition of work by Broadwater Artists will be shown in the Museum.  Broadwater Artis...
20/09/2021
Welcome — Godalming Museum

From Tuesday 21 September, a new exhibition of work by Broadwater Artists will be shown in the Museum.
Broadwater Artists is a group of friendly artists who meet weekly on a Tuesday evening from September to May with a monthly tutored session. New members are always welcome. On show and for sale will be a selection of their colourful works of art in a wide variety of subjects in various media.
Exhibition runs until 9th October.
For all information on opening days and times and how to access the online shop, please visit
http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk
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Find out about the past, present and future of this 100-year-old museumSee below for details of the new exhibition on the museum's history

Heritage Open Weekend -   Godalming Museum will be open on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, 10-4pm. You will have th...
16/09/2021

Heritage Open Weekend - Godalming Museum will be open on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, 10-4pm. You will have the opportunity to view the exhibition on the Saxon Cemetery site excavated in Godalming a few years ago. No need to book, please just turn up.
For more info on other properties/activities/events you can visit and participate in please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Godalming
Digging Surrey's Past
Surrey Hills 2 South Downs Community Rail Partnership
British Museum
Surrey Heritage
#excavator
#HeritageOpenDays
#gertrudejekyll
Visit Surrey

Heritage Open Weekend - Godalming Museum will be open on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, 10-4pm. You will have the opportunity to view the exhibition on the Saxon Cemetery site excavated in Godalming a few years ago. No need to book, please just turn up.
For more info on other properties/activities/events you can visit and participate in please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Godalming
Digging Surrey's Past
Surrey Hills 2 South Downs Community Rail Partnership
British Museum
Surrey Heritage
#excavator
#HeritageOpenDays
#gertrudejekyll
Visit Surrey

Heritage Open Weekend in Godalming is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 Sept. What can you expect? Arts and Crafts style hous...
14/09/2021

Heritage Open Weekend in Godalming is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 Sept. What can you expect? Arts and Crafts style houses, Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, oak framed buildings, a guided tour of Charterhouse, one of the country’s great schools. Visit Busbridge Church, a special little Victorian Gothic Revival church - a treasure trove of designs by the grand designers of the day. Bell-ringing from the Chamber at St Peter and St Paul’s Church and so much more. Don’t miss visiting us at the top of the High street as we celebrates the Museum’s centenary, or the Old Chapels at Nightingale Road Cemetery.
For details of all properties open to visitors, times and how to book, please learn more at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Godalming
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#gertrudejekyll
#britishgardens

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Heritage Open Weekend in Godalming is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 Sept. What can you expect? Arts and Crafts style houses, Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, oak framed buildings, a guided tour of Charterhouse, one of the country’s great schools. Visit Busbridge Church, a special little Victorian Gothic Revival church - a treasure trove of designs by the grand designers of the day. Bell-ringing from the Chamber at St Peter and St Paul’s Church and so much more. Don’t miss visiting us at the top of the High street as we celebrates the Museum’s centenary, or the Old Chapels at Nightingale Road Cemetery.
For details of all properties open to visitors, times and how to book, please learn more at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/printable-area-lists/town/Godalming
British Arts & Crafts Movement & Design 1880-1920
#HeritageOpenDays
#surreyheritage
#gertrudejekyll
#britishgardens

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SAT 11 SEPTEMBER - Come and learn about life at the Witley Camps in the First World War. Sat 11 September 10-4pm. Archae...
06/09/2021

SAT 11 SEPTEMBER - Come and learn about life at the Witley Camps in the First World War. Sat 11 September 10-4pm. Archaeologists will talk visitors through artefacts from recent excavations of the site. There will also be a First World War re-enactor with a full set of equipment to demonstrate what life would have been like for the soldiers over 100 years ago. FREE ENTRY For all museum information including the on-line shop please visit www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk
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On at the Museum now - Studio 2 a group of 12 artists who have enjoyed painting together for 17 years will be exhibiting...
02/09/2021

On at the Museum now - Studio 2 a group of 12 artists who have enjoyed painting together for 17 years will be exhibiting in the Museum until 17 September with all their work available to buy. Free entry to the museum. For all information including opening times, please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk

On at the Museum now - Studio 2 a group of 12 artists who have enjoyed painting together for 17 years will be exhibiting in the Museum until 17 September with all their work available to buy. Free entry to the museum. For all information including opening times, please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk

Make the Museum your destination on Saturday 11 Sept, between 10am and 4pm as there will be something extra in the Museu...
02/09/2021

Make the Museum your destination on Saturday 11 Sept, between 10am and 4pm as there will be something extra in the Museum garden, rain or shine. The Surrey County Council Archaeological Unit will help people learn more about life at the Witley camps in the First World War as archaeologists will talk visitors through artefacts from recent excavations of the site. There will also be a First World War re-enactor with a full set of equipment to demonstrate what life would have been like for the soldiers over 100 years ago. FREE ENTRY.
For all museum information including the on-line shop please visit www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk

Make the Museum your destination on Saturday 11 Sept, between 10am and 4pm as there will be something extra in the Museum garden, rain or shine. The Surrey County Council Archaeological Unit will help people learn more about life at the Witley camps in the First World War as archaeologists will talk visitors through artefacts from recent excavations of the site. There will also be a First World War re-enactor with a full set of equipment to demonstrate what life would have been like for the soldiers over 100 years ago. FREE ENTRY.
For all museum information including the on-line shop please visit www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk

Don’t miss the last chance to see Godalming Photographic Club's annual exhibition. It ends Sat 31st July and the Museum ...
26/07/2021

Don’t miss the last chance to see Godalming Photographic Club's annual exhibition. It ends Sat 31st July and the Museum will then close from 1 to 9 August. When the Museum reopens on Tuesday 10 August it will be open 4 days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4pm. Access to the library is via booked slots on Tuesdays. From 10 August until 28 August the museum will play host to the Jack Phillips Exhibition. In 2012 100 years after the Titanic sank, the Museum held its most popular exhibition ever, commemorating the life of local hero Jack Phillips, the ship’s radio operator. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exhibition again and learn more about Jack’s connections with Godalming. Free entry and donations always welcome. For all museum information, please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk/
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Don’t miss the last chance to see Godalming Photographic Club's annual exhibition. It ends Sat 31st July and the Museum will then close from 1 to 9 August. When the Museum reopens on Tuesday 10 August it will be open 4 days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4pm. Access to the library is via booked slots on Tuesdays. From 10 August until 28 August the museum will play host to the Jack Phillips Exhibition. In 2012 100 years after the Titanic sank, the Museum held its most popular exhibition ever, commemorating the life of local hero Jack Phillips, the ship’s radio operator. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exhibition again and learn more about Jack’s connections with Godalming. Free entry and donations always welcome. For all museum information, please visit http://www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk/
Godalming Photographic Club
RMSTitanic100
#JackPhillips

16/05/2021

Godalming Museum Re-opens!
The Museum will reopen on Tuesday 18 May.

The Museum’s opening exhibition celebrates the centenary of Godalming Museum which first opened its doors in the Pepperpot (the Old Town Hall) in 1921. The exhibition will run until Saturday 10th July.
You can drop in and visit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10-4pm. The local studies library is available on Tuesdays only by pre-booking. For all information and the online shop, please visit www.godalmingmuseum.org.uk
Or tel: 01483 426510

We've just discovered that Godalming Museum is going to feature in the first talk for a WEA course "My Museum Experience...
04/05/2021
History, Other Historical Themes: My Museum Experiences (C3532258)

We've just discovered that Godalming Museum is going to feature in the first talk for a WEA course "My Museum Experiences", starting on 18th May. We're very honoured! Do check out this link if you would like to find out more about the course
https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2020/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3532258

The scene will be set for this session as the tutor shares a wide variety of different museum experiences and the impact that they had. This will be a basis for reflection on how best to approach a museum visit. The course will focus principally, but not exclusively, on historical museums.

Attention all Godalming/Witley/central Waverley schools!!As part of the Witley South Camp Community Archaeology Project,...
29/04/2021
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Attention all Godalming/Witley/central Waverley schools!!
As part of the Witley South Camp Community Archaeology Project, SCAU and Godalming Museum have a limited number of FREE virtual classroom sessions with the brilliant Nigel Amies, Historical Education. If your school is based in central/north Waverley (particularly around Witley or Godalming), please get in touch by email for more details: [email protected] https://www.nigelamieshistoricaleducation.com/?fbclid=IwAR0JbsNUKHXbT5fGXJ2CGPDuiNfa1LItJ8OP-xg0zFKtjHGd5KJoBlpmrFU

I have a large collection of authentic costume, equipment, handling objects, photographic and audio resources. I own a wide variety of replica weaponry, longbow and working muskets, which I am fully licensed and trained to use and demonstrate safely

Enjoy Godalming!Day 4 of our series of photographs of Godalming's independent traders, photographed by Phil Kemp and Gil...
22/04/2021

Enjoy Godalming!
Day 4 of our series of photographs of Godalming's independent traders, photographed by Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison for an exhibition at the museum in 2016. Today the beautiful Wattle and Daub in Church Street

Enjoy Godalming!Day 3 of our photographs of independent traders, courtesy of photographers Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison....
20/04/2021

Enjoy Godalming!
Day 3 of our photographs of independent traders, courtesy of photographers Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison. These photos were taken for an exhibition at the museum in 2016 and sadly today's business has since left Godalming, but who remembers the stylish Hon Sartor in Church Street? Spot the magic mirror ...

Enjoy Godalming!The 2nd in our series of photographs by Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison, of Godalming's independent traders...
19/04/2021

Enjoy Godalming!
The 2nd in our series of photographs by Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison, of Godalming's independent traders. These photographs were first displayed in an exhibition at the museum in 2016, but we're now letting you behind the scenes with some additional 'making of' photos. Today Godalming Fish in Haskell's Yard in Bridge Street

Enjoy Godalming!A few years ago the museum held an exhibition of photographs of Godalming's independent traders. To cele...
18/04/2021

Enjoy Godalming!
A few years ago the museum held an exhibition of photographs of Godalming's independent traders. To celebrate the re-opening of additional shops and pub gardens we thought we would share some of those photos, along with some previously unseen 'making of' shots - made possible by the town's fantastic independent traders who really entered into the spirit of the thing, and brought to you by the talented Phil Kemp and Giles Pattison. First up, The Star in Church Street

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 10We say goodbye to George Collard with this health-and-safety-defying displ...
15/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 10
We say goodbye to George Collard with this health-and-safety-defying display at a Godalming butcher's. Either they owned all three shops or they had very accommodating neighbours... this was probably their Christmas display, perhaps in 1897

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 9The celebrations in Godalming for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 ...
13/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 9
The celebrations in Godalming for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 included sports and games on the Holloway Hill Recreation Ground (given to the town by Emma Ramsden of Busbridge Hall). The museum collection includes this wonderful plan for the events on the Rec which explains what is going on in George Collard's photograph

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 8Bridge Street decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, photo...
12/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 8
Bridge Street decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, photographed by George Collard for the official souvenir booklet. I particularly like the chap balancing nonchalantly on the decorations - maybe a sailor used to square-riggers?!

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 7The Constitutional Club in Wharf Street decorated for Queen Victoria's Diam...
10/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 7
The Constitutional Club in Wharf Street decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and photographed by George Collard for the official souvenir booklet. The portrait on the club appears to be of the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Perhaps there was a portrait of Queen Victoria the other side of the balcony?

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 6The wonderful, unchanging Church Street, photographed by George Collard for...
09/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 6
The wonderful, unchanging Church Street, photographed by George Collard for the Diamond Jubilee Souvenir booklet in 1897 and today

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 5A great photo by George Collard of the Pepperpot (at this time Godalming's ...
08/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 5
A great photo by George Collard of the Pepperpot (at this time Godalming's Town Hall) decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Published in the town's official souvenir booklet of the celebrations

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 4Godalming's old vicarage decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in ...
07/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 4
Godalming's old vicarage decorated for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and today

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 3Another photograph from the official souvenir of the celebrations in Godalm...
05/04/2021

George Collard, Godalming Photographer, Day 3
Another photograph from the official souvenir of the celebrations in Godalming for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897; the mock-castle entrance to the tea tent, painted by George Stephen Tanner and photographed by George Collard. Very handy for the Angel Hotel which served the teas. The round logo on the front of the Angel is the winged wheel of the Cyclists' Touring Club (interesting article on Cycling UK's website on this https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/history-winged-wheel)

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Compton Artist's tutored by Ronnie Ireland are very excited to be exhibiting at the Museum from today until 30th October 2021
Tracing my grandfathers footsteps. On the 7th January 1917, Frank Herbert Stacey along with the rest of his battalion the 123rd Royal Grenadiers paraded at 09:30 at Witley camp, Godalming, Surrey and then marched to All Saints church to deposit their colours. On the 10th March 1917 they set sail from Folkestone for France.
For Heritage Open Days this year, why not visit Godalming Museum? On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September, join Digging Surrey's Past to learn more about life at Witley Camp in the First World War, as archaeologists talk you through artefacts from the recent excavations. There will also be a First World War reenactor with a full set of equipment to demonstrate what life would have really been like for the soldiers, over 100 years ago. More details: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/godalming-museum1
Godalming is a prime location for #house hunters. Well known as an ancient market and coaching town. Situated on the picturesque River Wey, it's just 30 miles from London. In our latest blog we highlight everything we love about #Godalming and what makes it the perfect town to #rent or buy #property. Read the full article here http://ow.ly/Ke7l50FwL97 Godalming Museum The Meath Epilepsy Charity Busbridge Infant School Prior's Field School Godalming College
Hi, thought you might like to see this picture of the Angel, that I turned up recently in my late father's belongings. The picture, taken from the courtyard, is dated July 1960, which was while my grandfather Arthur Albert Day was the licensee.
Taken in April 1911 for the Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey, this photograph shows Godalming High Street with the Pepperpot (popularly known as the Pepper Box) in the distance. Godalming is the place that had the world’s first publicly sponsored electric street lighting, one of the lamps was next to the pepperpot. Discover more about the Pepperpot on Exploring Surrey's Past: https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/places/surrey/waverley/godalming/pepperpot/ Godalming Town Council Godalming library Surrey Libraries UK Godalming Museum #LocalHistoryMonth
Surrey has been home to many inspirational gardeners and horticulturalists, of which undoubtedly the most famous is Gertrude Jekyll. A regular in Country Life magazine she designed 400 gardens in Britain, Europe and North America, but was also a talented needlewoman, photographer and supporter of votes for women. Find out more about this extraordinary woman http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/people/gardeners/gertrude_jekyll/ Image: Iris Stylosa, Munstead 1882, watercolour by Gertrude Jekyll (courtesy of Godalming Museum Collection) #NationalGardeningWeek National Garden Scheme Country Life Magazine RHS Garden Wisley Godalming Museum Godalming Town Council
Attention all Godalming/Witley/central Waverley schools!! As part of the Witley South Camp Community Archaeology Project, SCAU and Godalming Museum have a limited number of FREE virtual classroom sessions with the brilliant Nigel Amies, Historical Education. If your school is based in central/north Waverley (particularly around Witley or Godalming), please get in touch by email for more details: [email protected]
We found these lovely images, in our photographic collections, of Pitchers Hosiers and Outfitters which was based at Rock Place in Godalming. In the 1880s, a business manufacturing sports sweaters was established by Lucy Pitchers, wife of William Thomas Pitchers who was tailor and outfitter to Charterhouse School. Mrs Pitchers employed woman to hand knit cable-stitch sweaters and then devised a method of having the patterns reproduced on knitting machines which were becoming more sophisticated in the 1890s. The family firm of W T Pitchers branched out into knitwear and registered many designs for patterned sweaters and stockings in Britain and the USA. The business grew and a new factory was built in the 1920s. This was extended several times over the following decades, particularly after the firm was taken over by the Jaeger company in the 1940s, but it closed down in 1970 and was demolished to make way for road building in the 1980s. More information about the company can be found in Surrey Industrial History Group's book, 'Surrey's Industrial Past', ed. Glenys Crocker (1990). Images: Advert for Pitchers Clothiers, Godalming, nd (SHC ref PH/70/BOX2/130) A worker at Pitcher's Hosiery Factory, Rock Place, Godalming, 1930s (SHC ref PH/70/BOX2/172) Advert for W T Pitchers, 1930s (SHC ref PH/70/BOX2/177) #ExploreYourArchive #businessandindustry Godalming Museum
Did you know? When finished, the First World War camps at Witley had electricity, piped water and a sewage treatment works. The camp had a larger population than Godalming itself! Download the izi.TRAVEL app and search for ‘Surrey County Archaeological Unit’ to find out more. This Facebook update was created by a group of work experience students from Woking College who have been working with SCAU to help publicise recent archaeological work. The original postcard image is from Godalming Museum.
John Henry Muddle, Godalming Photographer, Day 42 One last view of Farncombe Street in the 1930's, looking back down towards the level crossing, with the Duke of Wellington pub sign featuring on the left
We have two very special Christmas cards which have been designed by Alfie, 10 and Rowan 14 who are supported by our blind and visually impaired children’s and young people’s team to share with you. Councillor Penny Rivers - Mayor of Godalming said “Thank you and well done to Alfie and Rowan on your lovely designs for the Sight for Surrey E Christmas card. These will be available on the DontSendMeACard.com website which will make a donation to supporting the vital work of Sight for Surrey. May I take this opportunity to wish Alfie and Rowan and everyone involved with Sight for Surrey a safe and happy Christmas and thank you for all the you do”. Thank you to Penny for your all support and a very well done Rowan and Alfie, two of our talented creative young people. To purchase our Ecards use this link and send your E card to up to 100 Email addresses. Click this link to view our E-cards: ➡️www.dontsendmeacard.com/ecard/Nd0Y https://vimeo.com/479811555 GodalmingHello Godalming Godalming & Villages Community BoardGodalming Nub NewsCllr. Paul Follows - Godalming Central & OckfordGodalming DelightsGodalming Museum #Christmascards #ECards #christmas2020