Elmbridge Museum

Elmbridge Museum has just launched a brand new display showcase at Brooklands College in Weybridge. For their first exhibition at the college, the Museum Team has picked an appealing theme for the art and design students: the evolution of advertising and packaging, with examples of world-famous brand adverts and packaging from the past.

The Brooklands College display showcase follows the installation of two new mobile display cases at the Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton-on-Thames (currently featuring an exhibition about Walton’s swimming past) and at Weybridge Community Centre (A ‘Trip Down Memory Lane’ on how Weybridge has changed over the last 70 years).

These three mini-exhibitions are new additions to the four other venues where Elmbridge Museum keeps temporary displays:

  • ‘Youthful & Truthful’ at The Dittons Library, Mercer Close Thames Ditton KT7 0BS until October 2017. A pop up display showing how literature has influenced childhood and adulthood throughout the ages.

  • ‘Puffing Along’ at Cobham Library, Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE until January 2018. An insight into the importance of front line smoking during the First World War, famous local smokers and how our attitudes to smoking have changed (to mark the tenth anniversary of the UK smoking ban in all enclosed work places).

  • ‘The Wrens of Oxshott’ at Walton Library, 54 The Heart, KT12 1GH until March 2018, revisits the work of Denise and Rosemary Wren - mother and daughter potters who worked in Oxshott and gained a reputation as one of the most successful studios in the country.

Elmbridge Museum also has a permanent display area at the Civic Centre in Esher with some information on key milestones in the local history.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Elmbridge Museum is committed to giving residents increased access to their local history. They are on track to open additional temporary exhibitions around the Borough and are expanding their educational programme in schools. They will open a new studies room to the public in the next two months; while carrying on looking after their extensive collection and offering families the chance to discover their local history with their monthly family fun event.”

Most of the temporary exhibitions touring around the Borough can be viewed online.  Schools and community groups can hire out discovery boxes containing fascinating artefacts covering various eras of local history.

For more information on museum services, please visit elmbridgemuseum.org.uk, call 01372 474568 or email ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk

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