Elmbridge Museum, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DE
PUBLISHED: 09:38 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013
Elmbridge Museum is a fascinating source of local knowledge and entertainment that combines the rich history of the beautiful borough of Elmbridge with a great series of contemporary exhibitions.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010
Church Street, Weybridge KT13 8DE: 01932 843573
Open: Weekdays, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Closed on Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Manager: Rachel Perkins
What is the museum best-known for?
Being a fascinating source of local knowledge and entertainment, by combining the rich history of the beautiful borough of Elmbridge with a great series of contemporary exhibitions.
Tell us your favourite local history story...
In celebration of its centenary in 2009, Elmbridge Museum embarked upon The Elmbridge Hundred. Many famous and infamous historic figures are associated with Elmbridge, and running from Saturday May 29 to Wednesday September 15, this exhibition tells their stories.
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
An Edwardian purse, which reveals more than a rosy-eyed tale of lost craftsmanship. Inside was a bond or receipt for vingt-cinq centimes a form of temporary money in the Belgian province of Namur during World War II. So this single, unassuming purse embodies a dramatic contrast: the last golden age of the Edwardian era and the utter dislocation of the war. The calm and the storm.
and the strangest?
Lots of things can look strange but once theyre identified and their purpose known the strangeness disappears!