Temporary Exhibitions

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


Coming Soon!

A Stitch in Time: Exhibition of embroidery from The Olive Matthews Collection

20 October 2018 until 26 January 2019

From its earliest inception, The Olive Matthews Collection has incorporated beautiful examples of hand worked embroidery. This exhibition will display some of the best, with items dating from the early 1600s through to the first half of the 20th century. Pieces will include full garments, accessories, samplers and workboxes.

There will be embroidery demonstrations by the Royal School of Needlework on Saturday 24 November & Saturday 8 December from 1pm to 3pm


For Your Tomorrow - Runnymede Remembers

30 June 2018 to 30 March 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.