Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture, Learning & Inspiration Since 1888
What's On at the Museum

All of our events and exhibitions are cancelled until further notice.

The GladRags Project

As we have had to cancel all of our events for the foreseeable future we have devised something that not only can everyone get involved in NOW but will be a wonderful legacy for the future. Working with fantastic artist Diana Burch we want you to help us create a community quilt that shows our resilience to these difficult times.

In these extraordinary times, we are faced with many difficulties and many changes. But we can be resilient and use our time at home to reflect on how we notice so much more when we have the space in our lives to do so.

Haslemere Museum will be making a patchwork of all the things that make our community glad during the pandemic. Very often, these are small things... a spring flower, a pattern you notice or the care of a loved one.

All crafts are welcome, as long as it fits a 15cm square (with a bit of extra border if possible) that we can stitch together.

We will post up your photos of your work, which we would ask you to look after in a safe place! When all this is over, we will gather all the squares together to make our own historical document for future generations.

Everyone can take part. All ages and all abilities. If you can't sew, then glue! Please use fabrics you have to hand, offcuts, recycled clothing, buttons - anything that you can make your square with that we can assemble later in the year.

In 2016 we made the Community Craft Mosaic with the help of over 500 participants. The GladRags Project is an opportunity to revisit old skills or try something for the first time. Children's work is welcome. If you know someone who would like to take part but struggles with their hands, work out a way to make their design idea come to life.

It's time to work together! Later, we can celebrate and look back together at how our community overcame this extraordinary event.

Any queries and photos of your work can be sent to our Education Officer education@haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Exhibitions
Haslemere's Rustic Renaissance - Haslemere Museum
Runs 5 March - 2 May
A compelling display of some of our most treasured collection pieces from the Haslemere Peasant Arts Movement, which was so famous in the local area in the 1900s. Take time to come and learn about some of this distinctive artwork and learn about its history.
Room with a View - Shared Arts
Runs 7 March to 21 March
The latest Exhibition from this local group who meet regularly to practise their various art. Featuring paintings, textiles, collage, fluid acrylics and glass fusion. Meet the Artists on Saturday 7th March from 11 am to 1 pm.
Window on Weaving - British Tapestry Group South East
Runs 15 April - 2 May
Following their successful show in 2018, the British Tapestry Group South East are delighted to be mounting a new exhibition of contemporary woven tapestry art. The works will demonstrate the exciting directions that modern tapestries are taking and include works by both nationally and internationally exhibited tapestry artists.
Flight Lines - British Trust for Ornithology and the Society of Wildlife Artists
Runs 5 May - 27 June
During May & June we are privileged to be hosting an exhibition centred on the ever captivating and thought provoking process of bird migration. The Flightlines project was a joint undertaking by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA), made possible by the generous legacy of Museum volunteer and trustee Penny Hollow. This exhibition brings to life some of the process of putting together a book, entitled Flight Lines - Tracking the wonders of bird migration, which was published in 2018. In addition, the exhibition looks, among other things, at the artwork that was created during and after the project.
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Haslemere Natural History Society Lecture: Introduced Invasive Species: Increased Biodiversity or conservation nightmare?
Saturday 14th March | 2.15pm THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED
Dr Colin Ryall, retired Principal Lecturer in Environmental Management gives an illustrated talk, which investigates the issues of Invasive Alien Species, focusing on modes of spread, impacts and remedial options.
Members FREE | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Creative Well-being Workshops: A Look at Peasant Arts
Thursday 26 March | 2.30pm-4.30pm or 7pm - 9pm
Facilitated by local professional artist Diana Burch, each session focuses on well-being and is a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Join us for an afternoon or evening session of arts and crafts linked to our exhibition on Peasant Art History.
Members £6 | Non Members £9 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Haslemere Natural History Society Lecture: Native Orchids of Hampshire, including The New Forest.
Saturday 25th April | 2.15pm
With special reference to rare orchids, the link between funghi and native orchids. Speaker: Rosemary Webb, Fundraiser and Volunteer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and long-time orchid observer.
Members FREE | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Creative Well-being Workshops: Flight Lines!
Tuesday 19 May | 2.30pm-4.30pm or 7pm - 9pm
Facilitated by local professional artist Diana Burch, each session focuses on well-being and is a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Join us for an afternoon or evening session of arts and crafts inspired by our wonderful Flight Lines exhibition that looks at bird migration.
Members £6 | Non Members £9 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Tea and Talk: Swifts
Tuesday 26 May | 2.30pm
Looking for something different to do? Then why not come along and enjoy our informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits. Join Museum Chairman Alan Perry and learn about these wonderful birds. This talk compliments our Flight Lines exhibition.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Tea and Talk: Tortoises and Gilbert White of Selborne
Thursday 16 June | 2.30pm
With the popularity of our Tortoise drop-in days last year combined with 2020 being the tercentenary of the birth of Gilbert White, this talk will focus on tortoises including Gilbert White's famous Timothy that featured in his classic book The Natural History of Selborne 1789. Micro, a real tortoise, makes a visit too.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Family Events
Family Event: Easter Egg-citement
Tuesday 7 April | 10.30am - 1pm
Join us as we get creative and make lots of arts and crafts themed around Easter. There will also be a special Easter graden trail for chilren, who will be rewarded with a chocolate treat when they find the hidden characters throughout the gardens.
Members £2 | Non-members £4 | No need to book
Family Event: Wonderful Weaving
Thursday 16 April | 10.30am - 1pm
Join us for a morning of weaving with all sorts of materials. Watch Weaver Rebecca Harvey-Browne to see a demonstration on her table loom and have a go on one of her frame looms!
Members £2 | Non-members £4 | No need to book
Family Event: Mill Cottage Farm Experience
Thursday 28 May | 11.00am - 3pm
The farm comes to Haslemere Museum. A selection of friendly farm animals to feed, groom and stroke in the museum's beautiful garden, along with art activities inside. Access to the animals will be restricted for a lunch break.
Members £3 | Non-members £5 | No need to book
Early Years
Come along and enjoy our fun-filled Early Years sessions for children under 5 and their parents and carers. Our sessions have a relaxed atmosphere where children can listen to a story and get hands-on with a craft activity.
Bear Shadow
Friday 20 March | 10.30am - 11.30am
Listen to this story and learn all about shadows. Make a shadow puppet of your own to take home with you.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Easter Celebrations
Friday 3 April | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Come along and celebrate spring by making cards for Easter or just to celebrate the season!.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Twit Twoo
Friday 24 April | 10.30am - 11.30am
Meet the owls in our collection as you join us for an owl related session with stories and activities.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Animal Safari
Friday 1 May | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Come on a safari of the gallery to spot the different animals and then do some amazing animal activities.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Pond Dipping
Friday 22 May | 10.30am - 11.30am
join is for a pond-dipping session at the museum and discover what fascinating creatures live in this strange underwater world.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Noah's Ark
Friday 5 June | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
The animals came in two by two but we only seem to have one. Help us find the second one in the galleries, listen to the story and do a colouring for our giant ark.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Busy Buzzy Bees
Friday 19 June | 10.30am - 11.30am
Come and visit our beehive and learn all about the bees who live at the museum.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
And After That He Ate Them!
Friday 3 July | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Come and find out all about different invertebrates through local artist Leon Hill's fun book and then look in the garden to see what we can find.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Wings and Things
Friday 17 July | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us in the musuem garden to explore the world of birds and insects.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
museum explorers
Museum Explorers is a group for 5-11 year olds (parents do not need to stay). Join us once a month on a Saturday and selected dates throughout the school holidays and enjoy a variety of subjects and activities based around our diverse collections, exhibitions, or seasonal and national events.
Peasant Art Designs
Saturday 4 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Have a look at some of Godfrey Blount's wonderful peasant art inspired designs and be inspired to create your very own artwork.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Wonderful Wordsworth
Thursday 9th April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
To celebrate 250 years since Wordsworth's birth, join us to learn a little about him and make your own host of daffodils for Easter.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Explosive Volcanoes
Tuesday 14th April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Find out about these fascinating features of our planet, explore volcanic rocks, make volcanic pictures and join usfor our own eruption!
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Voyage of the Beagle
Saturday 2 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
To celebrate 100 years since the launch of HMS Beagle we look at its journeys, especially that of Charles Darwin.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Brilliant Birds
Tuesday 26 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Have a look at the amazing birds in our collection, the nests and eggs in the handling collection and our Flightlines exhibition and make a bird puppet to take home.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Field of the Cloth of Gold
Saturday 6 June | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join us as we look into the event and subsequent painting of this historic event which happened 500 years ago.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Terrific Totems
Saturday 4 July | 10.30am - 12.00pm
As Americans celebrate independence expore the culture of the First Nations of the American continent and make your own totem designs.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
special events
Mates and Godfrey present An Evening of Cabaret at Haslewey
Saturday 21st March | 7pm - 10pm
Following their much acclaimed 'Memories of Flanders and Swann', Michael Mates and William Godfrey will be giving an evening of cabaret with songs (some risque) by Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer, Stilgoe and Skellern, Victoria Wood, Jake Thackray and others. Some proceeds for this event go towards Haslemere Museum.
£15.00 | Book in advance via The Hasleway info@hasleway.org or Haslemere Town Council 01428 654305
Early Birds
Monday 6th April |11am - 1pm
Special opening of the museum, for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition. Come along and enjoy the museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. The galleries will be open and there will be an opportunity to handle special objects.
Donations welcome | Book in advance by calling 01428 642112
Plant Sale - Museum Fundraiser
Saturday 9th May |11am - 1pm
Organised by two of the Museum's Trustees all proceeds will go towards the Museum. Will include a wide range of perennials, annuals, beding plants and lots, lots more. Please bring your own bags.
Donations welcome | Cafe Open
Early Birds
Wednesday 27 May | 9am - 10am
Special opening of the museum, for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition. Come along and enjoy the museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.
Donations welcome | Book in advance by calling 01428 642112
The Rude Mechanical Theatre present Little Lily Harley
Friday 19 June | 7.30pm - picnics from 6pm
The new Rude Mechanical Theatre Company's show is the extraordinary story of Charlie Chaplin's childhood. How he made comedy out of tragedy and came from being an illiterate ragamuffin on the streets to create beauty and the visually poetic. Full of music hall, poetry, playground clapping rhymes and slapstick, it will make you cry one minute and howl with laughter the next. Bring your low-backed chairs & warm clothing.
Tickets £18 plus concessions | Book in advance Click here to book online