Haslemere Educational Museum, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA
PUBLISHED: 16:25 11 March 2011 | UPDATED: 17:15 20 February 2013
Haslemere Museum has been described as a mini-British Museum because of its diverse collections. They have particularly strong natural history collections, especially birds, shells and botany
Originally published in Surrey Life magazineMay 2010
78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA: 01428 642112
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm
Curator: Julia Tanner
What is the museum best-known for?
Haslemere Museum has been described as a mini-British Museum because of its diverse collections. We have particularly strong natural history collections, especially birds, shells and botany.
Tell us your favourite local history story
The murder of the unknown sailor at Hindhead... This was the infamous murder in 1786 when an unknown sailor was befriended and then brutally killed by three fellow sailors. Last year, the museum acquired five large 19th century paintings depicting scenes from the murder story. It was legendary at the time and was even written into Nicholas Nickleby by author Charles Dickens.
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
A ceremonial wooden Maori walking stick (toko toko). Recent research, based on the translation of the inscriptions on it, has linked us to the Maori group associated with the items original donor. We now know that it has a sister stick in New Zealand that is owned by a descendant of that donor.
and the strangest?
We have a scolds bridle on display at the museum a metal contraption resembling a muzzle or cage for the head, which included a bit that fitted into the mouth. It was a customary form of punishment to gag a woman who had been convicted of either gossip or slander.