Haslemere Educational Museum
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What's On at the Museum
GladRags Exhibition
Monday 17 May - November
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. Ahead of all the panels being exhibited together here at the Museum in December, we are showing a taster of these with two panels on display in our reception area. This an opportunity to see many of the glorious creations that were submitted, that tell the tale of the last year in our lives. The two panels on display will be rotated regularly, so if you are interested in a specific square, created by you or someone you know, please do call ahead of your visit to see if it is on display.


Enter a virtual photo exhibition of heath landscapes

Heathlands form an essential part of the South Downs National Park. They were shaped by centuries of use in a less intensive rural economy. Lowland heaths, such as the landscape on Black Down, now form one of the rarest habitats in Britain.

The photographs in this exhibition give a personal impression of a landscape which was created unintentionally by human activity, and which is now preserved as a habitat in its own right. Much of what was once heath is now closer to woodland, and efforts to maintain and restore heathland habitats are an ongoing process.

South Downs National Park

Anne-Katrin Purkiss is a freelance photographer. The images in this exhibition were inspired by her commissions for the South Downs National Park Authority and its five-year project 'Heathlands Reunited', which will be concluded later this year.

She has previously exhibited 'Faces of the South Downs', a collection of portrait photographs, in the in the Museum's Haslemere Room.

Elements Redefined 2020 - Surrey Guild of Craftsmen
Friday 10 September - Saturday 25 September
This trademark exhibition is to be a curated showcase of members' work, which will encompass many of the media employed by members including glass, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, leather, jewellery and enamelling.
Light and Reflections on land and Sea - John Braithwaite
Friday 17 September - Saturday 25 September
An Inaugural Exhibition of paintings by the Fernhurst artist John Braithwaite. In 2016, John Braithwaite retired from architecture and opera to pursue a new art: painting. Despite never having picked up a paintbrush before, John developed a keen interest in capturing the strikingly subtle qualities of light and reflections on canvas. He favours acrylic as an accessible medium for expressing his subjects, which tend to focus on seascapes and landscapes.
Textures of Understanding - Denise Jones
Wednesday 29 September - Saturday 9 October
This exhibition is designed to engage with your curiosity about the material practice of embroidering and about the Suffragettes who embroidered in the confines of prison. The works explore the continuous threading and surfacing of the needle through cloth and the connection between cloth, thread and the body: a body that both thinks and feels.
Playing with Fire - Wey Ceramics
Saturday 9 October - Saturday 30 October
Members of the society will be exhibiting a huge array of new ceramics to see and purchase. There will be sculptural, decorative and domestic pieces in porcelain stoneware and earthenware. Finished in stunning glazes, subtle pit fired colours or fascinating raku fired textures. Includes a 'Meet the Artists' session on Saturday 9th October.
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.
Sea Shells on the Seashore
Friday 24 September | 10.30am - 11.30am
Marvel at the beauty of the shells in our handling collection and get creative to make a shell picture.
Tickets from £1 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Splatter and Sponge
Friday 8 October | 10.30am - 11.30am
As part of the Family Arts Festival Month come along and make colourful pictures using sponge and splatter techniques.
Tickets from £1 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Fancy Footwork
Friday 22 October | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
How does your footprint differ from other animals? Find out and make your own footprints to take home. Please bring wellies/old shoes or be prepared to get paint covered feet! Part of our Family Art festival events.
Adults £1 | Children £2 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Elmer and Wilbur
Friday 5 November | 10.30am - 11.30am
Listen to the story, make your own patchwork elephant and see if you can find the elephants hiding in the galleries.
Adults £1 | Children £2 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Snail Trail
Friday 19 November | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Follow the story of one snail's trail as he journeys around the garden and then make a trail of your own.
Adults £1 | Children £2 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Family Events
Early Birds
Monday 25 October | 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
Entry by donation | Book in advance Click here to book online
Haunted Halloween
Thursday 28 October | 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Come along to the Museum and get creative making Halloween crafts! Bring a pumpkin or squash to carve into a spooky lantern and take part in our Halloween processiom, which gathers at the Museum at 4pm and finishes in the town's central car park with a treat. No CHARGE FOR PROCESSION.
Members £ 2 | Non-Members £ 4 | 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.
Suffragettes & The Fight for Rights
Saturday 2 October | 10.30am - 12noon
To coincide with the exhibition, we take a look at Suffragettes and how campaigning has developed over the last 100 years.
Tickets from £5 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Tuesday 26th October | 10.30am - 12noon
Join us to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first publication featuring this famous bear. Take part in some cuddly crafts!
Tickets from £5 | Book in advance Click here to book online
The Land Down Under
Saturday 6 November | 10.30am - 12noon
With tomorrow being 293 years since the birth of Captain Cook we take a look at the land he claimed for England. We will look at aboriginal art and go on an Australian object hunt in the galleries.
Members £5 | Non-Members £7 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Tea and Talk - A New Perspective
Tuesday 5 October | 2.30pm
Join our new Assistant Curator as she reflects on her first six months at the Museum and some of the things she's discovered.
Members FREE Non-Members £3 | Book in advance Click here to book online
Creative and Well-being Workshops - A Crafty Christmas
Wednesday 17 November | 2.30pm - 4.30pm and 7pm - 9pm
Join Artist Diana Burch for a fun evening of Christmas related arts and crafts. A cathartic, creative session for self-care.
Tickets from £10 | Book in advance Click here to book online
special events
Haslemere Walking Festival 2021
Friday 10th September - Saturday 25 September 2021 | various dates and times
With so many beautiful areas to discover and explore with experienced walk leaders, join Haslemere's 6th Walking Festival in celebrating the rich history and stunning countryside surrounding this quaint market town nestled in the Surrey Hills.
FREE ENTRY | Book in advance Click here to book online
Cards for Good Causes 2021
Wednesday 20th October - Tuesday 14th December 2021 | As per the Museum Opening Hours. Also on Mondays after October half term.
The local charity Christmas cards sale makes a welcome return to our Terrace Room. Come along and get all your Christmas cards and gift wrapping solutions, safe in the knowledge that you are supporting a variety of local good causes.