The Chertsey Museum, in the Surrey borough of Runnymede, may be small but it makes up for its diminutive size with its variety of collections and dynamic role at the heart of the local community. As well as displays and a wealth of printed information and archives on the Runnymede area, the museum runs various workshops and is certainly well worth a visit if you're based at a Surrey hotel nearby.
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The Chertsey Museum is housed in the old Cedars building on Windsor Street and can be reached from Junction 11 on the M25 or by train from Waterloo. It's a prime depository for information about Chertsey Abbey, its archaeology and history. The museum also has impressive decorative and fine art collections, as well as documentation and photographs relating to local history. There's a collection of clocks from the Runnymede area and also a unique collection of dress and textiles in the Olive Matthews rooms which has national significance. This covers the history of fashionable clothing from the 17th Century and includes over 4,000 items. Visit the museum from your Surrey hotel or guesthouse to discover a world of fascinating detail in changing styles.
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The permanent exhibitions at Chertsey Museum include the fascinating and beautifully designed Runnymede Room, with over 100 artefacts covering the Borough's history from the Bronze and Iron Ages. There are original tiles from Chertsey Abbey and a Viking Sword from the 10th century in this award-winning gallery, and an interactive exhibition on many aspects of life in the area down the ages. The kids will love it too, and you can have refreshments in the museum's Memory Box Café afterwards before returning to your hotel in Surrey.
With its various temporary exhibitions and workshops, there's always something new to see here, and this fine museum is one of the real hidden gems of the Runnymede area. Be sure not to miss it, whether you're passing through or are based somewhere in the local area at a Surrey guesthouse or hotel, as it's pretty easy to find on the map.