Temporary Exhibitions

Chertsey Abbey: reimagined

4 April to 2 November 2019

This new exhibition looks at the history of Chertsey Abbey from its foundation in 666 to its dissolution in 1537.  The exhibition features loans from The National Archive in Kew of abbey related documents which are rarely seen by the public.

Also on view is a new 3D computer model showing how Chertsey Abbey may have looked in 1362 during its heyday.  The model has been created using archaeological reports, comparisons with contemporary buildings, educated guesswork and artistic license!  As well as a 2 minute “fly-over” film giving an overview of the model, there are an animated abbey time line and two games on an abbey theme. Designed by James Cumper, the computer project has been financed by the Friends of Chertsey Museum with the generous support of County Councillor Mark Nuti and Neil Taylor & Paul Blake of World Cargo Logistics Ltd.

In its 14th century heyday Chertsey Abbey was the fifth largest monastery in the country.  However, over the decades since its dissolution in 1537 the building has gradually disappeared.  This exhibition gives visitors an appreciation of Chertsey’s most famous building, which is no longer to be seen.

For Your Tomorrow - Runnymede Remembers

30 June 2018 to 29 June 2019

field of poppies

This exhibition focuses on the social impact of the First World War and how the Borough of Runnymede changed in the years immediately following the ceasefire.

When Britain entered the First World War in August 1914 no-one could have imagined the impact it would have on the nation, and no-one could have dreamed of the new world that would come after the Peace. It was a turning point for British society, sweeping away Victorian and Edwardian values and making way for the modern age with the Roaring Twenties. It was a time of great upheaval, socially, economically and politically and it would change Britain forever.

The exhibition, which has been part funded by a National Lottery grant of £9,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is aimed at making everyone in the Borough aware of the sacrifice made by the 800 Borough Fallen.