Surrey Heath Museum, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HD
PUBLISHED: 10:09 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 February 2013
Known for its social history material and local photographs, Surrey Heath Museum also holds a few important natural history specimens and paintings.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2010
Surrey Heath Museum
Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3HD: 01276 707284
Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm
Curator: Sharon Cross
What is the museum best-known for?
Social history material and local photographs. We also hold a few important natural history specimens and paintings.
Tell us your favourite local history story
One poignant story relates to a china headed doll donated by an elderly lady who had kept it carefully ever since the age of six. The childs father had been killed in World War One and her mother had to take cleaning jobs to make ends meet, so the little girl never expected to own a china doll. However, her mother secretly undertook extra cleaning work to afford one.
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
Impossible question! It could be the small crudely carved wooden home-made doll; it could be the painting Washing on the Line by Percy Harland Fisher showing the view from his studio window; it could be the Yorktown School spelling machine...
and the strangest?
An object that looks like a broken branch but, believe it or not, is actually a part of a mammoths tusk found in the local gravels.