Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture & Learning Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
Historic Haslemere
Wednesday 3 January - Saturday 3 March (This exhibition has been extended)
An exhibition which reveals the fascinating history of Haslemere told through beautifully illustrated story boards where visitors will be taken on a journey about the history of the town. Some interesting and rare exhibits will also be on display as well as five paintings depicting the 1786 murder of an unknown sailor at Hindhead. The vicious nature of the crime shocked local people and the murder became famous nationwide. For anyone interested in local history, this exhibition is a must!
Byron Cooper - Tennyson's Country
Thursday 4 January - Saturday 3 March (This exhibition has been extended)
An exhibition showcasing the Museum's collection of works by the eminent Victorian artist, George Gordon Byron Cooper. The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, inspired Byron Cooper to depict the dramatic landscapes and vivid emotions evoked in his prose.
Modern Beauty - Richard Adams
Saturday 10 March - Saturday 24 March
A visual love letter, from the artist, to the spaces and buildings around us. We rarely take time to look at what is around us yet there is so much to love and experience.
Face to Face
Saturday 10 March- Saturday 31 March
An exhibition of portraits by Jo Shepherd celebrating the lives of people with profound and multiple disabilities aimed at changing perceptions and breaking down barriers.
Shared Art Group - Moving Pictures
Saturday 31 March - Saturday 21 April
Shared art are back with another exciting exhibition. This years theme of 'Moving Pictures' will be depicted with paint, glass, textiles and resin.
Inner Sounds - British Tapestry Group
Wednesday 4 April - Saturday 21 April
An exhibition of contemporary hand-woven art from nationally and internationally exhibiting artists on the theme of Inner Sounds. Curated by the British Tapestry Group South East the exhibition showcases works exploring our inner sounds as visualised in an stimulus overloaded world and challenges us as both listener and maker.
A Celebration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Undershaw
Saturday 5 May - Saturday 26 May
This is a chance to learn more about the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His home in Surrey, Undershaw, represents a special place in literary history and welcomed many eminent figures of the day to exchange ideas. It is now home to Stepping Stones School who will present this exhibition. Sherlock Holmes, reborn at Undershaw, is one of the most iconic figures in literature and possibly his methods and critical thinking are even more relevant today.
Bryan Ceney
Saturday 12 May - Saturday 2 June
The eclectic and vibrant artwork of Bryan Ceney returns to Haslemere with an uplifting and thought-provoking exhibition.
Lest We Forget
Saturday 2 June - Wednesday 20 June
A commemorative exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War - 'The War to end all wars' with a uniquely local perspective, including first-hand accounts of the experiences of local men and women and research done by local schoolchildren. A wide range of artefacts, both allied (Britain, France, Russia and the United States) and central powers (Germany, Austria- Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria) from the European and African theatres of war will be on display, ranging from the mundane such as water canteens and belt buckles to helmets and weapons.
A Summer Exhibition
Saturday 9 June - Friday 22 June
A summer exhibition celebrating beautiful hand crafted ceramics, and stunning original oil paintings by local artists Gemma Wightman and Philippa Richardson.
Talks and Lectures
Object Handling Sessions (part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | Session 1 10.30am | Session 2 11.30am | Session 3 2.30pm
Discover more about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation in our object handling sessions. Guided by the expertise of volunteers, this is a unique opportunity to touch and explore a selection of objects from the Egyptian collection including shabti, scarabs and mummy wrappings.
Free - Numbers are strictly limited to 10 per session and will be given on a first come first served basis
Gallery Talks (Part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | Morning talk 11.00am | Afternoon talk 2.00pm
Join Collections Manager, Lindsay Moreton for an insightful gallery talk focusing on our collection of local early Romano-British cinerary urns. These pots represent an interesting cultural transition period in the local area.
Free - Numbers are strictly limited to 10 per talk and will be given on a first come first served basis
Marianne North and the Restoration of her Gallery at Kew Gardens - HNHS/Museum Lecture
Saturday 10 March | 2.15pm
Assisted by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Botanic Gardens embarked on a programme to conserve and restore the Marianne North Gallery to its original Victorian spendour. Jonathan's talk will cover Marieanne Norths's travels, her construction of the gallery, RBG Kew's restoration and the odd things he discovered along the way. This talk is dedicated to HNHS late vice President Laura Ponsonby, whose passionate interest in Marianne North's travels and painting are reflected in her book on the artist. Speaker: Jonathan Farley ACR
Members Free / Non-members £4 / No need to book
Tea and Talk: Palaeontology - The Ammonites
Tuesday 20 March | 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 Palaeontologist Dr Andy Swan for a talk accompanied by a look at a selection from the Museum's rich fossil collection.
Members Free / Non-members £3 / includes refreshments / no need to book
HNHS AGM AND LECTURE
Saturday 21 April | 2.15pm (3pm for lecture)
After the meeting their will be a short talk - speaker to be announced. Please go to the Haslemere Natural History Society website.
AGM HNHS Members only Lecture: Members Free / Non-members £4 / No need to book
Tea and Talk: St Christopher's - the Daughter Church
Tuesday 22 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 Frankie Gaiter, former Church Warden, to find out more about Haslemere's other Church.
Members FREE / Non-members £3 / includes refreshments / No need to book
Family Events
Family Drop in Art Workhop (part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Join local professional artist Diana Burch in this art workshop using objects from our collection of Asian artefacts. Take inspiration from the wonderful patterns on the objects and create your own artwork using a variety of materials.
Members £2 / Non-Members £4 / No need to book
Family Drop in Event - Spring Delights
Tuesday 3 April | 11.00am - 3.00pm
Join us for springtime crafts including the chance to make a Spring paper lamb and a bunch of beautiful daffodils.
Members £2 / Non-members £4 / No need to book
Family Event - Early Birds
Monday 9 April | 11.00am - 1.00pm
Special opening for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to 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
By Donation to the Museum / Booking Essential
Family Drop in Event - What did the Romans do for us?
Tuesday 10 April | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Find out in a morning of Roman activities including the opportunity to make a mosaic, a Roman armband or a Roman coin rubbing.
Members £2 / Non-members £4 / No need to book
Town Crier's Competition
Monday 7 May 2018 | from 10am
Come and enjoy the Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! from a gaggle of Town Crier's as they deliver their proclamations and compete for some prestigious prizes at this very entertaining biennial competition that takes place in the beautiful grounds of the Museum on Charter Fair Day. More information to follow.
By Donation to the Museum / No need to book
Family Event - Early Birds
Wednesday 30 May | 9.00am - 10.00am
Special opening for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to 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
By Donation to the Museum / Booking Essential
Family Drop in Event - Mill Cottage Farm Experience
Thursday 31 May | 11.00am - 3.00pm
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 animals will be restricted for a lunch break.
Members £3 / Non-members £5 per person / 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 23 February | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Listen to this story and learn all about shadows. Make a shadow puppet of your own to take home.
Children £2 / Adults £1 / No need to book
Toys from the Past
Friday 9 March | 10.30am - 11.30am
How do your toys differ from those in the past? Come to the Museum and find out. Story time and activity.
Children £2 / Adults £1 / No need to book
Spring Celebrations
Friday 23 March | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Come along and celebrate spring making cards for Easter or just to celebrate the season!
Children £2 / Adults £1 / No need to book
Twit Twoo
Friday 20 April | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
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
Pond Dipping
Friday 4 May | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us 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
Animal Safari
Friday 18 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
Noah's Ark
Friday 8 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 22 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 6 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 20 July | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us in the Museum 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.
Amazing Ammonites
Thursday 15 February | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Be inspired by the wonderful fossil ammonites in the Museum's collection and make amazing ammonite based works of art.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Beginning of the End (part of the Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | 10.30am - 12.00pm
100 years ago today Russia signed a treaty ending their involvement in the First World War. Learn more about the countries affected by this treaty and their arts. Create your own European inspired craft to take home.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Marvellous Maps
Thursday 5 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Explore some of the local maps from our collections and have a go at making a map of your own.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Brilliant Birds
Saturday 7 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Have a look at the amazing birds in our collection and the nests and eggs in the handling collection and make a bird puppet to take home.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Thursday 12 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Make your own fresh muesli Easter breakfast with Maggie from Imbhams Farm Granary. Select different grains, fruits and seeds to mix and make a breakfast portion to eat as well as a packet to take home and share for breakfast the next day ( Not suitable for children with food allergies).
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Super Solar System
Saturday 5 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Learn about the wonders of the solar system and make some related works of art.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Pond Dipping
Tuesday 29 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Take a look at the amazing wildlife that lives in the Museum's beautiful.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Rocket Power
Saturday 2 June | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join us for a morning of rockets to celebrate the 90th anniversary this month of the first manned flight of a rocket powered aircraft.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Investigating Invertabrates
Saturday 7 July | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join us as we look into the world of invertebrates and find out how important they are to us, with a chance to look in the grounds and also investigate our handling collection.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
special events
Civilisations Festival Day at Haslemere Museum
Saturday 3 March | 10.30am - 4.00pm
The Civilisations Festival is an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in the Spring. As part of the festival, the Museum will be showcasing a range of events to engage and inspire adults and children focused on the various civilisations represented in our diverse collections. Highlights include insightful gallery talks based around local early Romano-British cinerary urns representing an interesting cultural transition period in the local area as well as object handling sessions enabling visitors to touch and explore objects from the Egyptian collection. We will also be running a family drop in art workshop led by a professional local artist using objects from our extensive collection of Asian artefacts and a European inspired crafts session for children aged 5-11 years.
Object Handling Sessions (part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | Session 1 10.30am / Session 2 11.30am / Session 3 2.30pm
Discover more about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation in our object handling sessions. Guided by the expertise of volunteers, this is a unique opportunity to touch and explore a selection of objects from the Egyptian collection including shabti, scarabs and mummy wrappings.
Free - Numbers are strictly limited to 10 per session and will be given on a first come first served basis
Gallery Talks (Part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | Morning talk 11.00am / Afternoon talk 2.00pm
Join Collections Manager, Lindsay Moreton for an insightful gallery talk focusing on our collection of local early Romano-British cinerary urns. These pots represent an interesting cultural transition period in the local area.
Free - Numbers are strictly limited to 10 per talk and will be given on a first come first served basis
Beginning of the End (part of the Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | 10.30am - 12.00pm
100 years ago today Russia signed a treaty ending their involvement in the First World War. Learn more about the countries affected by this treaty and their arts. Create your own European inspired craft to take home.
Members £5 / Non-members £7 / Booking advisable
Family Drop-in-Event (part of Civilisations Festival Day)
Saturday 3 March | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Join local professional artist Diana Burch in this art workshop using objects from our collection of Asian artefacts. Take inspiration from the wonderful patterns on the objects and create your own artwork using a variety of materials.
Members £2 / Non-members £4 / No need to book
Annual Plant Sale
Saturday 12 May | 11.00am - 1.00pm
Haslemere Museum's annual Plant Sale promises a fabulous selection of bedding, vegetable and perennial plants, some very unusual, all at very reasonable prices. It is a lovely opportunity not only to brighten up your garden, but also to help the Museum as all proceeds go towards the work of the Museum.
No entrance fee / Tea Room will be open
A Crafty Get Together - Creative Wellbeing Workshops
Tuesday 27 March | Afternoon Workshop 2.30pm - 4.30pm | Evening Workshop 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Join professional local artist Diana Burch and take inspiration from the wonderful patterns on objects from our collection of Asian artefacts to create your own artwork. Kindly sponsored by Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society as part of their charitable 'Arts in the Community' project.
Museum & HDFAS Members £5 / Non Members £8 / Book in Advance
The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company - Oberon's Cure
Saturday 9 June | 7.30pm | Doors open for picnics from 6.30pm
The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, who specialise in iconic outdoor theatre, will be returning to the Museum, with a new play - 'Oberon's Cure' - a beautiful poetic play where the human and fairy worlds collide in this hilarious prequel to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. So why not grab a picnic and head to our lawns and enjoy a highly entertaining evening at the Museum.
Tickets at £16 with concessions available from The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company