Liquid History: The Rivers of Runnymede
24 March to 13 October 2018
This new exhibition takes a look at some of the Borough’s rivers; their history and their impact on the lives of those who live and work on them.
The Borough of Runnymede has a number of rivers, including the Chertsey and Addlestone Bourne, the River Wey and the Abbey River, all of which flow into the Thames within the Borough’s boundaries. However, a quick glance at an old map makes one realise just how many other rivers, tributaries and water run-off ditches have been built over as the Borough’s towns have expanded to meet the demands of population growth.
The exhibition looks at ancient settlements and archaeological finds from the rivers; bridges and ferries; weirs, locks and mills; river industries and leisure pursuits. Some of the finds on display in the exhibition, or elsewhere in the Museum, include a replica of the bronze Chertsey Shield found in Abbey Meads in 1985, the original of which is in the British Museum; a magnificent 10th century Viking sword found in 1981 during gravel extraction at Mixham’s Pit, now part of Penton Hook Marina; a late Bronze Age (c.800-600 BC) socketed axe head cast in bronze and an Iron Age cauldron from about 500 BC, both found at the Charlton pit on the Shepperton Ranges.
The exhibition is part of Runnymede Borough Council’s River Celebration Festival 2018. A specially commissioned film accompanies the exhibition and the film will be shown at various events taking place during the festival.
To watch the Year on Runnymede's Rivers film or to find out more about events this summer visit the Runnymede River Celebrations website
For Your Tomorrow - Runnymede Remembers
This exhibition will focus on the social impact of the First World War and how Runnymede changed in the immediate aftermath. The exhibition will be part of a wider project, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aimed at making everyone in the Borough aware of the sacrifice made by the 800 Borough Fallen.