Elmbridge Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

Elmbridge Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, packs a wealth of local history into a compact space. Admission is free and the staff are very helpful and friendly. All the exhibits and their descriptions are clearly visible from wheelchair height.

Oatlands Palace display

Located above the Library in Church Street and with easy access for the disabled via a ramp and lift, the museum presents the story of Elmbridge Borough from the Stone Age to the Second World War. It does this through a fascinating series of permanent exhibition displays.

For example it tells the story of Oatlands Palace which Henry VIII built by expanding an existing large house near the Thames. The palace was demolished in 1650, but many interesting pieces of masonry and implements recovered during archaeological excavations are part of the display.

Then there’s the story of how the rich and powerful settled in the area during the 18th century, building huge houses surrounded by landscaped estates such as Oatlands, Painshill and Claremont. In Victorian times, the railways brought the area within easy commuting reach of London, so Elmbridge became home to the wealthy business classes which built large family houses. They were followed by the middle and working classes.

Elmbridge Museum, Weybridge, Surrey.

Comparison of clothing worn by a poor boy and a rich lady in the early 19th century

It’s a fascinating story which helps us understand what makes Elmbridge the Borough it is today.

The displays include typical costumes from various eras in small room settings.

I’ve always been fascinated with maps, ancient and modern. Those on display at Elmbridge Museum show how the area has changed over the centuries, from open lands to suburban sprawl.

The Museum has a local studies room where visitors can see photos, maps and other resources not on general display. It’s a “must” for those researching personal or local history.

Opening times
Fridays: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Saturdays: 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

Location and access facilities
Above Weybridge Library in Church Street, Weybridge.
Free admission.
A wheelchair ramp provides access to the library and museum. Go through the right-hand door (signed for the museum) and take the lift to the first floor. There are toilets on this level, including accessible facilities for the disabled.

Arriving by car
Elmbridge Museum map
See location map on right. A “Pay and Display” car park, immediately behind the library/museum building, is accessed via Churchfield Road. The disabled spaces are closest to the library/museum building and a pathway to its left  (as viewed from the car park) leads to the entrance in Church Street.
Postcode for SatNavs: KT13 8DE.

Arriving by bus and train
Services 51 436, 459, 461, 637 and Peterbus 4 serve Weybridge.
Weybridge Railway Station is one mile from the library. Routes 51 and 436 serve the station and town, stopping outside the library/museum building

For timetables and route planning, visit Traveline: www.traveline.org.uk

Royer Slater
February 2012

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