Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture, Learning & Inspiration Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
Murder of the Sailor at Hindhead
Monday 17 May - Saturday 5 June
In a welcome return to the Terrace Room visitors can immerse themselves in "Murder of the Sailor at Hindhead". This exhibition is inspired by a gruesome, infamous local event and showcases five emotive paintings that are in the Museum collections. We also hold in store, a piece of the original Gibbet, which will be on display for people to see. Adding to the haunting atmosphere, guests will be able to hear a new recording of a traditional folk song of the story - The Hindhead Murder by Steve Redshaw.
GladRags Exhibition
Monday 17 May - Tuesday 31 Aug
Devised by Artist Diana Burch and Haslemere Museum, a community patchwork has been created that shows our community's resilience and creativity. The patchwork reflects all the things that made our community glad during the coronavirus pandemic. People were invited to contribute a 15cm patchwork square (with a bit of extra border if possible) that could be stitched together.

This is an opportunity to see many of the glorious creations that were submitted, that tell the tale of the last year in our lives.

Window on Weaving
Monday 17 May - Saturday 29 May
The British Tapestry Group South East and London Regions present an exhibition of new woven tapestry works at the Haslemere Museum. The works in Window on Weaving will illustrate how contemporary tapestry has developed new ways of weaving but is still underpinned by traditional techniques. Unlike in earlier ages, all the tapestries will have been designed and woven by the artists. The range of subjects, from figurative to abstract, allied with the very individualist approaches to design and woven tapestry methods will make this an exciting and absorbing visit. The exhibition will feature over 50 works from more than 30 artists, some of whom have had their work exhibited nationally and internationally.
Georgina Ling paintings exhibition
Saturday 5 June - Saturday 3 July
Georgina studied at Chelsea School of Art, taught by Elizabeth Frink and also at St Martins in London. She initially worked in advertising and then at the Victorian Society which helped save Victorian buildings including St Pancras Station. During the 1970's she made the brave move of setting herself up as a professional watercolour artist. She started selling watercolours at the Burwash Gallery and New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

She moved to Haslemere in 1976 where she had a studio. Her timing could not have been better. With the increased wealth during the 80s she found a market for local and foreign views and house portraits which took her all over the South of England and on painting trips to Europe with friends. Her main exhibitions were held locally both at Haslemere Museum and Haslemere Hall.

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.
Swallow Tale
Friday 23 April | 1.30pm
Join us on Zoom to learn about the incredible journey and life of the swallow and make a simple swallow puppet.
Tickets from £3 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Pond Dipping
Friday 21 May | 10.30am - 11.30am
Discover the amazing unseen creatures under the water in the Museum's pond.
Tickets from £1 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Family Events
Family Fundraiser
Tuesday 13 April | 10.00am - 1.00pm (5 - 11 years)
Family Fundraising Event £5 per family, includes colouring, trail, quiz sent by email. Printed resources available for 50p per child if wanted (booked in advance). Booking through Art tickets.
Tickets £5 Printed material 50p | Book in advance Click here to book online
Starry Night
Thursday 15 April | 10.30am
Join us on Zoom to celebrate Dark Skies week and take a look at the stars and Van Gogh's famous painting.
Tickets from £4 | Book in advance Click here to book online
African Animals
Saturday 1 May | 10.30am
Join us on Zoom as we take a look at some of the amazing African animals and do some related craft activities.
Tickets from £4 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Early Birds
Wednesday 2 June | 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.
Tickets by donation | Book in advance Click here to book online
Historical Hindhead Murder
Saturday 5 June | 10.30am - 12.00pm (5 - 11 years)
Learn about this dastardly dead and how it has been recorded and consider how to record a story of your own.
Tickets from £5 | Book in advance Click here to book online
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.
Perfect Puppets
Tuesday 6 April | 10.30am
Join us on Zoom to make some different types of puppets and hopefully take part in the Puppet Project being run in association with Waverley Borough Council.
Tickets from £4 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Starry Night
Thursday 15 April | 10.30am
Join us on Zoom to celebrate Dark Skies week and take a look at the stars and Van Gogh's famous painting.
Tickets from £4 | Book in advance Click here to book online
African Animals
Saturday 1 May | 10.30am
Join us on Zoom as we take a look at some of the amazing African animals and do some related craft activities.
Tickets from £4 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Pond Dipping
Tuesday 1 June | 10.30am - 12.00pm (5 - 11 years)
Join us for a pond-dipping session at the museum and discover what fascinating creatures live in this strange underwater world.
Tickets from £5 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Britain's greatest composer?
Monday 17th May | 11.00am
Ralph Vaughan Williams is today enjoying greater popularity than at any time since his death in 1958. Through the efforts of several British record companies, a very large percentage of his enormous output in almost every kind of musical form, from symphonies to string quartets, from concertos to choral works, from songs to stage works, is now available. The immense popularity of The Lark Ascending and the Tallis Fantasia is just the tip of the iceberg. As part of the Haslemere Festival, Simon Coombs, Chairman of the RVW Society will be exploring some of Vaughan Williams' music which is not so well known, but ought to be!
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Rosetta Stone: The many lives of an icon of translation
Monday 17th May | 2.30pm ON ZOOM
The so-called Rosetta Stone famously enabled the 19th century European decipherment of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic script. This lecture will discuss the troubled histories of its creation and discovery, its role in allowing an ancient culture to be understood in its own terms, and its modern iconic status. Richard Bruce Parkinson is the Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He specialises in the poetry of the classic period of Egyptian culture, and used to be a curator at the British Museum, where projects included the display of the Rosetta Stone.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Ten Years as a Special in London
Tuesday 18th May | 11.00am
As part of the Haslemere Festival, Allen Chubb will share startling and sometimes amusing stories of his busy ten years service as a part-time police officer, joining in 1974 at a time when civil disorder seemed likely and when the IRA had started a long bombing campaign in London. Making over 50 arrests when on and off duty and earning several commendations, he reached the equivalent rank of Inspector. Senior partner in a Belgravia solicitors firm at the time, he witnessed a completely different side to life, sometimes having to deal with violent people. Allen has lived here for 14 years and is now Chairman of Haslemere U3A.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
In Search of the Whale with Jock Gardiner
Wednesday 19th May | 11.00am
The story of man and marine mammals is a long one going back to the Old Testament, through Melville's Moby Dick, to the present. This talk will look at the range of these fascinating creatures, their lives and habitats, and - very importantly - the history of human interaction with them. It considers the current and possible future situations. The work of one organisation involved, ORCA, is described. Jock Gardner was a naval officer specialising in antisubmarine warfare and intelligence, as well as a naval historian. He has published two books and is a marine mammal surveyor.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Gilbert White, the outdoor naturalist
Wednesday 19th May | 2.30pm
Gilbert White revolutionised the way the world looked at the nature, inspiring future scientists such as Charles Darwin. Gilbert White born in 1720, and changed the way the world looked at nature through his book The Natural History of Selborne, published in 1789 and never out of print since. Considered by many to be the father of ecology, he was once a household name as familiar as David Attenborough is today. In this talk Collections Manager at Gilbert White's House Kimberley James will take you through Gilbert's life from a lively child, to his world wide fame and lasting natural legacy.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The History of a National Treasure: The King James Bible.
Thursday 20th May | 11.00am
The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert PhD. The King James Bible, or as it is more commonly known in Britain, the Authorised Version, through its beauty and grace of language has helped to shape our culture. But it did not come about by chance. It was the result of a long political and scholarly process. This lecture will explore how it came into being, and will trace the origins of Biblical translation from the earliest times. And for local interest--- two of the major contributors to the King James Bible knew Surrey well: Lancelot Andrewes was Bishop of Winchester and George Abbot hailed from. Guildford. Christopher Herbert was Bishop of St Albans until his retirement in 2009.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Partition and Conflict - India and Pakistan Divided.
Thursday 20th May | 2.30pm
The Partition of India, with the creation of Pakistan at the time of India's independence nearly 75 years ago, was a tragedy, both in terms of the loss of human life as the countries were split, and because of the continuing conflict that it caused. The history of the event and its consequences will be explored by John Elliott, a semi-retired foreign correspondent who was based for over 25 years in New Delhi. The author of "IMPLOSION: India's Tryst with Reality", he covered South Asia for the Financial Times, The Economist and Fortune magazine. Now living in London, John writes a blog on the region's current affairs called Riding the Elephant.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Tapestry: A Twentieth Century Rennaissance.
Friday 21st May | 11.00am
Margaret Jones is a local tapestry weaver, curator and tutor, she exhibits internationally and has won major prizes for her work. This talk covers the years of the early to mid 20th century when tapestry was undergoing a major transformation. At this time tapestry provided a medium for modern art which was embraced by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. At the same time this era heralds the start of artists beginning to weave their own tapestries rather than weavers relying on designs from painters and a major move away from the mythic, sacred and pastoral scenes woven since medieval times.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Future of the NHS.
Friday 21st May | 2.30pm
Museum Patron Jeremy Hunt "The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the dedication of the 1.3 million people working in the NHS. But it has also shone a light on the things the organisation could do better. I think there's now an opportunity to have a 1948 style moment of major reform. The creation of the health service shortly after the Second World War greatly benefited the generations that followed - we must use this time to secure the NHS's future for decades to come. We need an independent body to set the number of staff it requires so that we have enough doctors and nurses working safely in it. We need to reform medical litigation so that staff don't work under a fear of being blamed when things go wrong. And we need a ten-year plan and funding settlement for the social care system so that our loved ones get the support they need when they get old."
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
A Short History of the Castle and the Role of the Constable and Governor.
Monday 24th May | 11.00am
A look at the history of Windsor Castle from 1070 to the present day covering the architectural changes and the historic events that have taken place in the Castle and St George's Chapel. How I became the Constable and Governor and a short history of the role and incumbents of the post.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Mystery of the Marie Celeste.
Monday 24th May | 2.30pm
Marie Celeste was an American merchant brigantine discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean off teh Azores Islands in December 1872. The last entry in her log was dated ten days earlier. her cargo of ethanol intact, and the personal belongings of the crew undisturbed. None of those who were onboard were ever sen or heard from again. Modern techniques now hold the clue to solving the mystery.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Battle of the Somme - Love, Death and Recollections.
Monday 24th May | 7.30pm ON ZOOM
Ruaraidh Adams-Cairns is a surveyor and ex-soldier who has been visiting the Somme for over 20 years, collecting stories about soldiers who fought there and connecting them with specific locations on the battlefield. Inspired by David Rattray and Rob Caskie's lectures on Isandlwanda and Rorke's Drift, he has put together an engaging talk which he gives in conjuncion with his wife Susie. Gerneral Sir Mike Jackson, former Chief of the General Staff, has described the talk as "A truly moving insight into the horrors and losses of the day the British Army suffered its biggest ever casualties.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
HMT Pine and Royal Navy Patrol Service.
Tuesday 25th May | 11.00am
What lies at the bottom of the sea? If you ask a wreck diver you may get some interesting answers. Revd Chris Bessant - The Rector of Haslemere - was in a previous existence a keen wreck scuba diver, with a passion of marine archaeology. In 2013 he worked with a team to investigate and recover some of the history of HMT Pine, an armed trawler sunk off the south coast. Their work was well received and won an award from the Duke of Edinburgh's Jubilee Trust. This talk will look into some forgotten areas of maritime WWII, the Royal Navy Patrol Service, and about how such underwater archaeology is quite a challenge to undertake.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Picasso's Guernica: The greatest anti war icon.
Tuesday 25th May | 2.30pm
Guernica is a very large 1937 oil painting on canvas by Spanish Artist Pablo Picasso. It is regarded as one of the most moving and powerful paintings in history. Our speaker, Gijs van Hensbergen (a world expert on Picasso and biographer of Gaudi) has made a special study of the painting and its subject.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
"One More Year": The Earl, the Castle and the Tomb.
Wednesday 26th May | 11.00am
Almost 100 years ago, "Tutankhamun" became the most exciting ever discovery in archaeology, attracting world-wide attention then and today. Behind the front page news is the story of how an English Earl developed a love of Egypt, was persuaded to give 'one more year' to what was thought to be a no-hope quest, and died in Cairo before he could return to his beloved home at Highclere Castle. Diana Mitchell, Head Guide at the Castle for nearly twenty years, tells this fascinating tale and its place in the wider story of a place, a family and a more recent claim to fame - as "The Real Downton Abbey".
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
Military History - the WWII Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway.
Wednesday 26th May | 2.30pm
As a boy, evacuated to Australia from Singapore, Hamish Donaldson was all too aware of the seemingly unstoppable advance of the Japanese from December 1941 to May 1942. The first two aircraft carrier battles marked the turning point in this war and the long road to Japan's eventual defeat.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Making of Haslemere.
Thursday 27th May | 11.00am
A talk about why 1221 is such a special year for the town. It will include some horrible history featuring King John and an introduction to the good guy who may have brought the town into existence. The speaker, Chris Hinton, started volunteering in the Museum just a few months before lock-down but in that time spotted something special about 1221. Although not a medieval historian, he did gain a degree in history a long time ago and is keen to share what he has found out.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
All the world's a stage, or at least it has been since 1556.
Thursday 27th May | 2.30pm
This talk is for anyone who has laughed at a farce, sobbed at a tragedy or screamed at a panto. How did we get from the back of a farm cart to the theatres of the modern West End? Lynne Taylor-Gooby takes a light hearted look at the development of the theatre in England from the departure of the Romans to modern times.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
The Gibbeting of the Hindhead Murderers.
Saturday 29th May | 2.30pm ON ZOOM
Samantha Priestley is a writer from Sheffield, whose recently published book, The History of Gibbeting, includes details of the Hindhead Murders. The book details how the three murderers were caught, hung, and then gibbeted, and the story of the Sailors Stone and why it was erected. This is a story of greed, robbery, murder, punishment, and hauntings! Samantha is also the author of four novels, plays, articles, and essays.
Tickets £5 | Book in advance. Call 01428 642161 on Wednesday mornings or Click here to book online
special events
The GladRags Project
The GladRags Project

We are working with fantastic artist Diana Burch we want you to help us create a community quilt that shows our resilience to these difficult times.

In these extraordinary times, we are faced with many difficulties and many changes. But we can be resilient and use our time at home to reflect on how we notice so much more when we have the space in our lives to do so.

Haslemere Museum will be making a patchwork of all the things that make our community glad during the pandemic. Very often, these are small things... a spring flower, a pattern you notice or the care of a loved one.

All crafts are welcome, as long as it fits a 15cm square (with a bit of extra border if possible) that we can stitch together.

We will post up your photos of your work, which we would ask you to look after in a safe place! When all this is over, we will gather all the squares together to make our own historical document for future generations.

Everyone can take part. All ages and all abilities. If you can't sew, then glue! Please use fabrics you have to hand, offcuts, recycled clothing, buttons - anything that you can make your square with that we can assemble later in the year.

In 2016 we made the Community Craft Mosaic with the help of over 500 participants. The GladRags Project is an opportunity to revisit old skills or try something for the first time. Children's work is welcome. If you know someone who would like to take part but struggles with their hands, work out a way to make their design idea come to life.

It's time to work together! Later, we can celebrate and look back together at how our community overcame this extraordinary event.

Any queries and photos of your work can be sent to our Education Officer education@haslemeremuseum.co.uk