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Local Museums of Interest By Jade Chiddington

Local history is a fascinating subject. There are many Museums located right under our noses, but many of us are still ignorant of what wonders they hold inside. This summer will be the perfect oppor- tunity to take a step back in time and see the local history that is waiting to be uncovered on our door- step. Elmbridge Museum Ever wondered what Elmbridge was like before 1700? The lifestyles of the Roman and Anglo- Saxons? Or even the Medieval and Tudors? Elmbridge Museum offers a variety of artefacts that help explain how WWII affected the area and show what made the location a hotspot for the royals. Elmbridge also offers selected tours on the eras that it exhibits so if you do have a love for history why not go on one of the specialist tours with a qualified tour guide! Monday – Thursday: Closed Friday: 11am– 5pm Saturday: 10am– 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DE Chertsey Museum Looking for a day out with the family? Chertsey Museum is a great place to take the kids, not only for the education value that the exhibits offer, but also the great summer line up! Including pebble painting and creating your own flower pots! With free admission, take the time to visit the cos- tume and permanent exhibits with over 100 objects on display showing off the fine Bronze and Iron Age. If you are a history enthusiast the Chertsey Abbey Tiles are a recommended favourite Sunday & Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday: 12:30pm – 4:30pm Saturday: 11am– 4pm 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, KT16 8AT

Spelthorne(Staines) Museum This professionally designed building holds the secrets of Spelthorne in its two main rooms; the Elmsleigh and the Thames. Elmsleigh offering the history of the area starting as far back as the Ice

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Age right through to modern day, whereas the Thames offers a more interactional side with a replica of Roman shops. This museum offers a variety of activities that are perfect for the little ones, older ones and adults. Why not get involved in the archaeology and local history group talks. Sun, Mon, Tues & Thursday: Closed Wednesday & Friday: 2pm – 4pm Saturday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm 1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines Light box Gallery This beautiful £7m gallery designed by Marks Barfield, (same architecture of the London Eye) sits right alongside the canal, an overall perfect location for the summer.

With its two spacious galleries both ranging from arts to science and design, a gift shop and a canal side café it’s no wonder the Light box offers en- lightenment into the arts as well as family fun ac- tivities all year round. It is also the home to the area’s local heritage. Now is a good time to take a visit, as you may catch the Lawrence Watson Pop Portraits starting the 21ST

September. The light box is very much

looking forward to this event, and is encouraging the public to share the excitement of the reflection of Watson’s last 30 years. Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30am– 5pm Sunday: 11am– 5pm Monday & Bank Holidays: Closed Chobham Road, Woking , GU21 4AA

Jade Chiddington is our 18 year old student from Strodes, looking for a career in journalism

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