Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture, Learning & Inspiration Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
Historic Haslemere
Runs 8 January to 2 March
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. For anyone interested in local history, this exhibition is a must!
March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote
Runs 23 February to 30 March
A touring display, telling the story of key individuals and events in Surrey's suffrage history. 2018 marked the centenary of the first women being granted the right to vote in national elections. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Surrey Heritage has been discovering and sharing the county's role in the long suffrage campaign, through the project 'The March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote'. This project display reveals key moments in Surrey's journey; from Emily Wilding Davison's actions at the 1913 Epsom Derby, and the bombing of David Lloyd George's house in Walton-on-the-Hill, to the Great Pilgrimage passing through the county. Discover more about some of the leading figures on both sides of the fierce debate, including the Pethick Lawrences, the Farrers, Dorothy Hunter, Dame Ethel Smyth, Bertha Broadwood and Margaretta Lemon.
Go With the Flow
Runs 9 to 30 March
Three artists, Sue Fisher, Jan Scott and Rachel Vitolo have joined forces for this colourful and unusual exhibition.
In My View
Runs 6 to 27 April
A selection of images will be on display by artist Katharine Hill, from her trips made to both the USA and Canada over the past three years. Both the landscapes and cityscapes of these countries hold great appeal, having been influenced during her study of photography by such great American photographers as Ansel Adams, William Eggleston, Robert Frank and Walker Evans.
Georgian Ling
Runs 7 to 25 May
A remarkable exhibition by the late renowned local artist Georgina Ling. Georgina studied at Chelsea School of Art, taught by Elizabeth Frink and also at St Martins in London. During the 1970's she made the brave move of setting herself up as a professional watercolour artist. She moved to Haslemere in 1976 and found a market for local and foreign views which took her all over England and on painting trips to Europe. The paintings have kindly been donated by the family.
Looking Out
Runs 10 May to 1 June
Borderlands Artists' Consortium are a long-established group of professional contemporary artists from the borders of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. 'Looking Out' is a theme which is interpreted differently by each artist and in a fascinating variety of ways, both figurative and abstract. Their work includes subtle watercolours, bolder acrylics, and exciting mixed media combinations. An exhibition with imaginative diversity which will appeal to everyone!
Brush Stroke
Runs 1 to 22 June
After suffering a devastating stroke in 2009, artist Andrew Bailey has found great comfort, solace and satisfaction in creating a wonderful variety of paintings from views and his own imagination!
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Haslemere Natural History Society/Museum Lecture - How the Natural Resources of the Wealden Woodlands were used by Mediaeval Glassmakers | Speaker: Dr David Dungworth, researcher and specialist in the history of glass and its composition
Saturday 9 March | 2.15pm
Dr Dungworth will trace the origins, heyday and demise of this important industry, its particular predominance around Chiddingfold, Alfold, Kirdford and Lodsworth, as well as the natural resources and methods used to make glass, including use of sand, plant ashes, furnaces and crucibles. Some examples of glass found locally will also be on display.
Museum and NHS Members Free | Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
Tea and Talk: Penberthy Croft Mine - A West Country Mineral Paradise
Tuesday 19 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 John Betterton, for a colourful guided tour of one of the most celebrated Cornish locations, known for its large diversity of rare minerals.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Creative Wellbeing Workshops: Spring is in the Air
Thursday 28 March (please note change of date) | 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Want to learn something new and create your very own artwork? Facilitated by professional local artist Diana Burch, these creative workshops focus on wellbeing and are a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening making Spring crafts and decorations using an array of seasonal materials.
Members £6 | Non Members £9 | Book in Advance
Haslemere Natural History Society Annual General Meeting | Speaker: Michael Joseph
Saturday 27 April | 2.15pm | 3pm for Lecture
Following the AGM, there will be a talk by Michael Joseph on Wildflower Meadows. Both he and his wife Jane, sowed their small paddock at Adversane (near Billingshurst) with native seed 30 years ago. Today, the wildflowers are stunning. Learn more about their failures and successes and how meadows are important for organic vegetables, health, wildlife and the planet.
AGM: HNHS Members Only | Lecture: HNHS Members Free / Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
Tea and Talk: On the Trail of the Incas
Tuesday 28 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 Education Officer, Kay Topping, as she talks about her trip to Peru and the magnificence of the Incas, and the echoes of them that still exist today.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Haslemere Festival
11 - 27 May
The eighth Haslemere Festival promises two action packed weeks of art, culture, entertainment for children, music, talks, walks and more. As part of the Festival, the Musuem will be hosting an exciting array of topical talks. For more information and details of all events taking place, please visit www.haslemerefestival.org.uk
Family Events
Early Birds
Monday 8 April | 11.00am - 1.00pm
Special opening of the Museum, for families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition, to come along and enjoy the Museum, free from the hustle and bustle of the public. The galleries will be open to explore and there will be an opportunity to handle special artefacts too.
Free | Donations Welcome | Book in Advance
Family Drop In Event: Ancient Egyptians
Thursday 11 April | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Come along and enjoy a fun-filled morning of hieroglyphs and Ancient Egyptian Art.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Family Drop In Event: Easter Egg-citement
Tuesday 16 April | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Come along and get creative with lots of Easter arts and crafts activities. Enjoy our special garden trail, where children will be rewarded with a chocolate treat, when they find the characters hidden throughout the gardens.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Early Birds
Wednesday 29 May | 9.00am - 10.00am
Special opening of the Museum, for families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition, to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the public. The galleries will be open to explore and there will be an opportunity to handle special artefacts too.
Free | Donations Welcome | Book in Advance
Family Drop In Event: Mill Cottage Farm
Thurdsay 30 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. There will be lots of art and craft activities too. Access to 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.
Mummy!
Friday 1 March | 10.30am - 11.30am
Discover the Ancient Egyptians through a simple Ancient Egyptian lift-the-flap book and visit our Egyptian room.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
There's a Monster Who Eats Books
Friday 15 March | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Listen to this fun story and find out how books are made and how children's books in the past differ from those of today.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Hatch, Egg, Hatch!
Friday 29 March | 10.30am - 11.30am
How do eggs hatch? Come along and find out and make a nest for your very own chick.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Pond Dipping
Friday 26 April | 10.30am - 11.30am
Discover the amazing unseen creatures under the water in the Museum's pond.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Swallow Tale
Friday 10 May | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Learn about the incredible journey and life of the swallow, and make a simple swallow puppet to take home.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Harry & the Dinosaurs at the Museum
Friday 24 May | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us for this popular story, take a look at the marvellous fossils in our Geology Gallery and get hands-on with lots of dinosaur colouring activites.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Where the Wild Things Are
Friday 7 June | 10.30am - 11.30am
Be transported to a far away land, as Max travels to find where the wild things live.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Weird and Wonderful Weaving
Friday 21 June | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Make your own paper weaving to take home, and find out what other materials can be used, to create weird and wonderful effects.
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.
Shadow Silhouettes
Thursday 21 February | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Come along and create silhouettes using your own shadows. As well as the more traditional portrait style ones, we will be experimenting with other ideas too.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Flights of Fancy
Saturday 2 March | 10.30am - 12.00pm
To celebrate 50 years since the maiden flight of concorde, come along and discover more about the history of flight.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
What did the Romans do for us?
Saturday 6 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Find out in a morning of Roman activities including the opportunity to make a mosaic, a Roman armband or a Roman coin rubbing.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Amazing Animation
Tuesday 9 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
65 years since the death of Auguste Lumiere, come along and discover more about him and make your own short animation.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Desert Island Discs & More!
Thursday 18 April | 10.30am - 12.00pm
It is 300 yrs since the publication of Robinson Crusoe, so come along and look at how we would survive, if we were stranded on a desert island, and what we would need to do so.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Leonardo Da Vinci
Saturday 4 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Leonardo da Vinci is still influencing our life today, 300 yrs since his death. Discover more about his inventions and make your own perspectograph and Da Vinci parachute.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Victorian Toys
Tuesday 28 May | 10.30am - 12.00pm
200 years since Queen Victoria's birth, come along and discover more about how the life of children has changed since Victorian times.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Delightful Decoupage
Saturday 1 June | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Discover more about this wonderful Victorian decorative effect, and use it to make a pencil pot or box.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
special events
Fundraising St. David's Day Dinner: Georgian Hotel, Haslemere
Friday 1 March | 7.30pm for 8pm
Join us to celebrate St. David's Day and all things Welsh! Ticket price includes a four course meal, wine and welcome drink, music and entertainment with a Welsh theme. All proceeds for this event support the work of the Museum. Black Tie or Welsh Dress
Tickets £49.00 per person | Book in Advance through the Museum office
Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk
Sunday 6 May | 2.30pm
Discover more about Haslemere High Street and the fascinating history of the town, on this guided town walk with local historian Tim Winter. Meet outside Haslemere Museum.
Free Entry (donations welcome) | No need to book
Fundraising Plant Sale
Saturday 11 May | 11.00am-1pm
Our annual Plant Sale promises a fabulous selection of perennial and vegetable plants, all at very reasonable prices. It is a lovely opportunity not only to brighten up your garden, but also to help as all proceeds go towards the work of the Museum
Free Entry | No need to book | Tea Room open
Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk
Sunday 2 June | 2.30pm
Discover more about Sicklemill, Shottermill and Wey Hill areas of the town, on this guided town walk with local historian Tim Winter. Meet at Wey Hill Fairground car park. The walk is approximately two miles and includes a steep footbridge.
Free Entry (donations welcome) | No need to book
Open Air Theatre: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company
Saturday 8 June | 7.30pm Doors open for picnics 6.30pm
The beautiful grounds of the Museum provide the perfect setting for outdoor theatre events this summer, so why not grab a picnic and head to our lawns, and enjoy a highly entertaining evening. The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, who specialise in iconic outdoor theatre, will be returning to the Museum with a new play 'Ikarus Inc'.
Full details of the play are still to be announced. Tickets go on sale in March and can be purchased via www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk
The Haslemere Gin Festival
Saturday 22 June | 7pm to 11pm
As the gin renaissance continues to prosper, The Haslemere Gin Festival returns once again for its second year to celebrate all things gin. Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Museum garden, the Festival is a great night out for all gin enthusiasts with a heady mix of fantastic food, live music and even more unusual and delicious gins to discover and try.
Tickets go on sale in March and can be purchased via www.eventbrite.co.uk