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.




At Your Leisure

11 February 2017 to 28 April 2018

In the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century trade union power forced through industrial legislation resulting in half day closing on Saturdays. This combined with a rise in wages, and more disposable income, meant the workers had increased leisure time and more money to spend on it.  This exhibition looks at the historical background to some of the activities taking place in Runnymede, which now form part of today’s vast leisure industry.”








Coming Soon

For Your Tomorrow – Runnymede Remembers

8 May to 29 December 2018

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.