Surrey Heath Museum will open a permanent display space in the Heritage Gallery in The Square, Camberley at the end of this month (June).
Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust and Surrey Heath Museum Action Group have been running the successful Heritage Gallery for a number of years, and invited the museum into their ground floor area following the announcement, earlier this year, that the museum would no longer be based at their previous location at Surrey Heath House.
With the support over 30 volunteers, many of the museum’s precious objects have been moved to create new displays on the history of the area covering nearly a 1000 years – including a hippopotamus skull, pub signs, military ephemera, domestic items, industrial equipment and much, much more. The popular recreation of a wartime home from an exhibition in 2014 (covering both World Wars) has also returned. A unique ‘heritage hub’ has been created featuring the museum, historical societies and local groups.
The museum space will be officially opened by Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove on Friday 29 June at 1.45pm. It will then open to the public on Saturday 30 June as part of arts and crafts festival Camfest (www.thecamberleysociety.org.uk), with activities for all ages.
The first exhibition at the hub will be ‘What Lies Beneath’, featuring the archaeology of the area, and will run from 30 June to 22 September.
The hub also includes a museum shop and open access research area, while the existing Heritage Gallery will move to the upper floor, with displays for local groups and societies.
Opening times will be Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, free admission.