Inspiration and Learning

Haslemere Educational Museum has a long tradition of offering people from all backgrounds and ages the opportunity to learn, discover and explore the world around them. Our founder Sir Jonathan Hutchinson established the Museum in 1888 and encouraged learning through the handling of objects, which at the time was a pioneering idea. He understood this technique was as important as observing and reading about the object. Today we offer a wide range of subjects from early learning to Outreach in to the community.



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In 2016 and 2021 we were awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education which is given to Museums and heritage organisations for outstanding formal education programmes. "One would expect a Museum with education in its title to deliver a quality experience for visiting school parties. Haslemere Educational Museum does not disappoint, and is a worthy winner of a Sandford Award"

We have a large variety of sessions for Foundation to KS2 including Humanities (Egyptians, Toys, Greeks) and Science (rocks and minerals, skeletons) based on the Museum handling collection and gallery displays

We are always looking to develop workshop ideas to suit different age groups e.g. KS3 – 5 and other curriculum areas. This is especially important in the present climate of curriculum change. Please contact us to discuss your needs so we can work together to deliver quality educational experiences for your students.


Early Years

Our fun-filled Early Years sessions are for children under 5 and their parents and carers. Held fortnightly during term time our sessions have a relaxed atmosphere where children can listen to a story and enjoy a craft activity.

We offer structured and tailored nursery school visits as well as outreach sessions available to local nursery schools and toddler groups unable to visit the Museum.


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 as well as other dates during the school holidays and enjoy a variety of subjects and activities based around our collections, exhibitions, or seasonal and national events. Museum Explorers is a great way of discovering the fantastic resources the Museum has to offer.

Explore! Enjoy! Make! Create! at the Museum.

A trip to the moon by the Haslemere Museum Explorers.


Early Birds

Special early openings 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 are open to explore and there is an opportunity to handle special objects.

The Horizon Project aims to make the collections at Haslemere Museum more accessible to children with an Autism Spectrum Condition. It will broaden autism awareness for staff and visitors as well as enable more tailored resources to be developed. As part of the project, subsidised places will be offered to specialist schools and regular autism friendly openings will be held. The project is supported by the Mayor's Charities. For more information, please contact the Mayor's Secretary on


Family Events

The Museum runs a whole host of events throughout the year and our fun packed sessions offer a wide selection of activities with themes ranging from Vikings to National Children's Art day. Our gallery quizzes and trails are available every day as well as backpacks full of fun activities for children to do whilst exploring the galleries.


Teenage Events

Our Haslemere Young People's Exhibition team meets monthly and is open to everyone from secondary school upwards. The HYPE team run their own curating and research projects and learn diverse creative skills such as music-mixing and animation. If you are interested in photography, film, museums, history and being part of your local community come and join us. Volunteering at the Museum as part of the HYPE team is a great way of supporting the Museum and also having fun!

We are now able to offer our HYPE members the opportunity to achieve Bronze and Silver Art Awards



Outreach for schools and community groups - if you can't come to us, we can come to you! Whether it's an adaptation of one of our schools sessions or a topic you think we might be able to support, contact us.

Outreach for adults - an innovative project at the Museum provides outreach reminiscence sessions in care homes and day centres for people with dementia. The collections at the Museum have a rich array of artefacts and images that can be handled and viewed as a stimulus to memory, recollection or engagement. Using carefully selected Museum objects, themed 'loan boxes' have been developed by experienced facilitators, to be taken out into the community to deliver outreach sessions. During the hour-long sessions, the objects are passed round for residents to handle and talk about, or merely engage with depending on each individual's interest or ability. Community Foundation for Surrey has provided grants from the Cyrus Fund, The Pargiter Trust Fund and Haslemere Challice Community Fund to support this project. If you are interested in finding out more about the project, or would like to get involved visit, please contact us.