Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture, Learning & Inspiration Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
High Days and Holidays
Saturday 1 December - Saturday 29 December
An exhibition of paintings from artist and portrait painter Christopher Cole's art classes. This show is a display of enthusiasm, recently acquired skills and sheer joy. If art is about individual self-expression, then here you will see plenty. There is colour, form and atmosphere and the theme is one that inspires us all, so do come and see for yourself.
Exhibition Workshop - Saturday 8 December 10.30am-4pm
Paint rivers and lakes with Christopher Cole. Please contact Christopher to book 01428 717402.
£50 includes guide book and refreshments | Book in Advance
Historic Haslemere
Tuesday 8 January - Saturday 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
Saturday 23 February - Saturday 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.
Learning to Fly Sound Installation
Wednesday 30 January - Saturday 16 February
A unique sound installation commemorating Surrey in World War I. This subtle, moving and evocative piece features words, field recordings, manipulated sounds and the names of fallen soldiers read out by local people.
Friends of South Downs Society
Tuesday 8 January - Saturday 26 January
A selection of photographs will be on display from the South Downs National Park photographic competition. The National Park Society for the South Downs are the guardians of the landscape from the steep hanger country of Hampshire, through the rolling Sussex countryside to the magnificent Severn Sisters and Beachy Head. The Society exists to protect the South Downs for the peaceful environment of all, both now and for future generations. To help people better understand the importance of the South Downs National Park, they organise walks, strolls as well as talks and events relating to the geology, archaeology, landscape and cultural heritage of the South Downs.
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
The Memory Museum
Thursday 20 December | 11.00am-12noon
The Memory Museum are friendly, stimulating group sessions for people affected by dementia and their carers. This is an opportunity to look, handle and talk about objects from the Museum's diverse collections. The sessions are relaxed and held in an accessible, quiet space at the Museum. We welcome people with a wide range of diagnoses and stages of dementia. Places are limited, so booking is essential.
Free | Donations Welcome | Book in Advance
Haslemere Natural History Society/Museum Lecture - Within a Mile of Lavender Cottage Speaker: John Richardson, HNHS member, keen traveller and photographer
Saturday 12 January | 2.15pm
An account, in photographs, of just some of the flora and fauna John has discovered near his home, and within a mile radius on the Surrey / Sussex border. As a start to the New Year, this talk is an invitation for nature-lovers to look closely at their own 'habitat', with fresh eyes.
Museum and NHS Members Free | Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
Tea and Talk: Kingsley Green - The Hutchinson Legacy
Tuesday 29 January | 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 local resident Robin Ellks for this illustrated talk and discover how the Museum founder's family, changed the face of this small woodland and farming community. Robin traces the development of the hamlet, from the setting up of the Tollgate in 1749, through to its modern day expansion under the Hutchinsons.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Haslemere Natural History Society/Museum Lecture - The Groundbreaking Inventions and Discoveries of Father and Son - Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir William Lawrence Bragg Speaker: Dr Jack Salway, medical biochemist, keen gardener
Saturday 9 February | 2.15pm
These two Nobel Laureates, who lived in Chiddingfold, gave us the Bragg Peak used in radiotherapy; Bragg's Law revealing the double-helix of DNA and the cause of Mad Cow Disease. Their work contributed to another two dozen Nobel Prizes. Dr Salway will reveal how a pin-hole in a latrine in WWI, inspired an invention for detecting enemy artillery. The slender cuttlefish Sepia braggi and the mineral braggite were named after William Lawrence Bragg. But how is the family linked to the state emblem flower of New South Wales, the Waratah?.
Museum and NHS Members Free | Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
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
Tuesday 26 March | 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
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
Family Events
Christmas Shopping Evening for Members
Friday 7 December | 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Join us for our free Christmas event and enjoy a special late night shopping experience complete with festive drinks and nibbles! Come and explore our range of gifts and toys and get Christmas all wrapped up and find the perfect presents for your friends and family. Members will receive 15% discount on any purchases on the night. Younger members can enjoy our '12 days of Christmas' gallery trail and festive colouring activities too.
Free Entry | Book in Advance | Please present your Membership Card on the night
Christmas Carols
Wednesday 19 December | 7pm-8.15pm | Doors open 6.30pm
Haslemere Town Council invites you to a carol singing event in the beautiful grounds of the Museum. Haslemere Town Band will lead the traditional carols. There will be mulled wine and hot chocolate available.
Free entry (with limited numbers)
Santa's Victorian Parlour at the Museum
Thursday 20 December | 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 24 December | 10.30am - 12.30pm
Come and visit Santa as he takes times out before Christmas to relax in his charming Victorian parlour. Your little ones can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift to take home.
Members £4 | Non Members £5 | No need to book |rs)
Haslemere Mummers
Saturday 22 December | 11.00am
Come along to a special 50th anniversary performance of this traditional English folk play, full of colourful characters and comic drama, providing 20 minutes of fun for everyone!
Donations Welcome | No need to book
Family Drop In Event: Big Garden Bird Watch
Saturday 26 January | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Don't miss this family drop in event! A great opportunity for both children and adults to have fun together making bird cakes, getting hands on with craft activities and discovering the birds in the Museum galleries and gardens.
Free Entry | No need to book
February Half Term Family Drop In Event: Celebrating Stamps
Tuesday 19 February | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Stamps are often one of the first things people collect. Come along and enjoy a fun-filled morning, to celebrate the simple postage stamp with lots of colouring and design activities.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Early Birds
Wednesday 20 February | 9.00am - 10.00am
Special opening of the Museum, 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 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
Early Birds
Monday 8 April | 11.00am - 1.00pm
Special opening of the Museum, 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 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 and make lots of arts and crafts themed around Easter. Enjoy our special garden trail for children who 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 Autism 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 all 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.
Christmas Decorations
Friday 14 December | 10.30am - 11.30am
Listen to a festive story and make your very own Christmas decoration to take home.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Terrific Toys
Friday 11 January | 10.30am - 11.30am
Discover toys from the past and play with replica Victorian objects. Listen to a story and make your own simple toy to take home.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
The Gingerbread Man
Friday 25 January | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Enjoy this timeless story, make a finger puppet and decorate a mini gingerbread man to take home with you.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Fidgety Fish and Friends
Friday 1 February | 10.30am - 11.30am
Come and enjoy this story and learn all about the friends living under the sea.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Oi! Get Off Our Train!
Friday 15 February | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Listen to this John Burningham story and decide which Museum characters you want to ride on your train.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
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 faraway 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.
Merry Christmas Makes
Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Enjoy a fun filled morning with lots of Christmas arts and crafts activities.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Saturday 5 January | 10.30am - 12.00pm
100 years ago Teddy Roosevelt died. He was known as the youngest US president, and who Teddy Bears are named after. To commemorate his refusing to kill a bear whilst on a hunting trip, join us for a morning of bear arts and crafts activities.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Terrific Tudors
Saturday 2 February | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Enjoy this interactive session led by Farnham Museum. Handle replica Tudor objects, dress up in Tudor clothes, make a Tudor 'tussie mussie' and try your hand at Tudor dance.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
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, 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
200yrs 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
130th Anniversary Celebrations

Haslemere Museum is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and to celebrate this milestone, we have a whole range of activities planned throughout the year. Highlights include a series of special events including anniversary talks by distinguished Museum patrons and guided gallery and garden tours.

As part of the celebrations, the Museum will be looking for people to contribute their memories to the 'Memories of the Museum' project. Using a mixture of oral and written memories, they want to build a picture of how the Museum has impacted on people's lives. As part of the project, the Museum would love to hear from anybody who has any memories about the Museum that they would like to share. This could be an event you may have attended, or a photograph or even story you wish to tell. You can contribute to the project by downloading the form below and returing this to us, or in person at the Museum.

Keep checking our website for more information and to find out what special celebrations are planned.

Cards for Good Causes
Friday 19 October to Saturday 15 December| 10.30am-4.30pm (including Mondays)
A wide variety of charity Christmas Cards will be on sale in our Waverley Room and during the Christmas market on Sunday 2 December.
Free entry
Christmas Shopping Evening for Members
Friday 7 December | 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Join us for our free Christmas event and enjoy a special late night shopping experience complete with festive drinks and nibbles! Come and explore our range of gifts and toys and get Christmas all wrapped up and find the perfect presents for your friends and family. Members will receive 15% discount on any purchases on the night. Younger members can enjoy our '12 days of Christmas' gallery trail and festive colouring activities too.
Free Entry | Book in Advance | Please present your Membership Card on the night
Christmas Carols
Wednesday 19 December | 7pm-8.15pm | Doors open 6.30pm
Haslemere Town Council invites you to a carol singing event in the beautiful grounds of the Museum. Haslemere Town Band will lead the traditional carols. There will be mulled wine and hot chocolate available.
Free entry (with limited numbers)
The Memory Museum
Thursday 20 December | 11.00am-12noon
The Memory Museum are friendly, stimulating group sessions for people affected by dementia and their carers. This is an opportunity to look, handle and talk about objects from the Museum's diverse collections. The sessions are relaxed and held in an accessible, quiet space at the Museum. We welcome people with a wide range of diagnoses and stages of dementia. Places are limited, so booking is essential.
Free | Donations Welcome | Book in Advance
Santa's Victorian Parlour at the Museum
Thursday 20 December | 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 24 December | 10.30am - 12.30pm
Come and visit Santa as he takes times out before Christmas to relax in his charming Victorian parlour. Your little ones can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift to take home.
Members £4 | Non Members £5 | No need to book
Haslemere Mummers
Saturday 22 December | 11.00am
Come along to a special 50th anniversary performance of this traditional English folk play, full of colourful characters and comic drama, providing 20 minutes of fun for everyone!
Donations Welcome | No need to book
Fundraising Plant Sale
Saturday 11 May | 11.00am-1pm
Our 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 as all proceeds go towards the work of the Museum
Free Entry | No need to book | Tea Room open
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.
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