Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture, Learning & Inspiration Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
'Mindscapes'
Runs 6 to 27 April
Helen Wellington and Mine Zabci. Helen is an avid painter and utilises her interests in 'Mind over Matter' to express herself through her use of paint and mixed media. She often uses cotton threads in her work to symbolise 'Threads of Thought'...the meandering line of perpetual thinking. Mine works fervently and spontaneously from life. Her inspiration comes from her thoughts and feelings from any given moment, which she expresses on canvas in vivid 'Colour Scapes' and dream-like forms. .
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.
Georgina 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 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
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
Haslemere BioBlitz
Saturday 29th June 2019 | Programme to be confirmed
A BioBlitz is a quick, non-destructive wildlife survey. The Museum is hosting the Haslemere Natural History Society's "base camp" for this new event. We will be compiling observations of wildlife in and around the town, especially the Museum grounds and the National Trust's Swan Barn Farm. Come along to the Museum to find out what's going on, to tell us what you've seen, or to join a guided walk. The full programme of events will be announced in April.
watch this space for further information
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.
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.
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
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
Haslemere BioBlitz
Saturday 29th June 2019 | Programme to be confirmed
A BioBlitz is a quick, non-destructive wildlife survey. The Museum is hosting the Haslemere Natural History Society's "base camp" for this new event. We will be compiling observations of wildlife in and around the town, especially the Museum grounds and the National Trust's Swan Barn Farm. Come along to the Museum to find out what's going on, to tell us what you've seen, or to join a guided walk. The full programme of events will be announced in April.
watch this space for further information
Open Air Theatre: Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Thursday 25 July | 7.00pm Doors open for picnics 5.30pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream - The beautiful grounds of the Museum provide the perfect setting for outdoor theatre events this summer, Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies, and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre, and one of Chapterhouse's most popular shows.
For tickets contact 0871 220 0260 or www.chapterhouse.org, alternatively contact Museum on 01428 642112
Sunset Cinema - Bohemian Rhapsody
Saturday 31 August | 6.30pm doors open show starts 8.15pm
Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Malek), who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved entertainers. Following Queen's meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie's solo career, the film also chronicles the band's reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history.
Tickets on sale from: thelittleboxoffice.com