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Egham Museum awarded renovation funding

Egham Museum awarded renovation funding

Egham Museum is delighted to announce the award of a grant of £41,800 from the Surrey County Council Leader’s Community Improvements Fund for the renovation and refitting of the museum and the ground floor of the Literary Institute. Subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions, including Runnymede Borough Council re-issuing...
Young law makers wanted to draft mock UK constitution

Young law makers wanted to draft mock UK constitution

Egham Museum is delighted to announce plans for a series of Constitutional Conventions to be held in the summer terms of 2014, 2015 and 2016, as part of celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Supported by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and...
Magna Carta in Egham

Magna Carta in Egham

You can now read about the Magna Carta in Egham project via its dedicated page. Read about our education, engagement and exhibition plans and about the other local community Magna Carta projects with which we are involved. In time this section of our website with branch out with more content...
Memories of War project awarded Lottery funding

Memories of War project awarded Lottery funding

We are delighted to announce that Egham Museum has been awarded £34,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our Memories of War project. An oral history project led by students of Royal Holloway, University of London and supported by RHUL’s Community Action team, Memories of War will involve students...
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Volunteer Case Studies

Volunteer Case Studies

  As a teaching museum, providing opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain experience, develop skills and devise, develop and deliver their own projects goes to the core of what we do. Here are some of our most recent volunteer stories. Ruth managed our Memories of War pilot project and now manages the HLF...
What do objects tell us about our past, place and identity?

What do objects tell us about our past, place and identity?

  What do these Bovril and Oxo jars tell us about the history of Egham? What stories do they tell? In what context could we exhibit them and should they remain in the formal accessioned museum collection? Objects such as these pose a problem for museum curators, particularly when you consider the enormous pressure being...
Welcome (back), Royal Holloway students

Welcome (back), Royal Holloway students

As the start of a new term at Royal Holloway fast approaches, we at Egham Museum would like to extend a warm welcome, or welcome back, to our student community. If you are new to the area and would like discover more about its history and interesting places to visit please feel free to come...
Egham's Minesweeper

Egham’s Minesweeper

Egham is not normally a town you would expect to have connections to the Royal Navy, let alone to have adopted a warship, and yet in 1945 the town welcomed the crew of HMS Orestes as their adopted sons. Egham’s association with the Orestes sprang from a campaign organised by the National War Savings Committee...
Opportunity or Exploitation?

Opportunity or Exploitation?

A few weeks ago a debate was sparked by the advertisement of a voluntary curator role by the Newham New Deal Partnership. Maurice Davies, head of policy and communications at the Museums Association, warned it could be seen as exploitative by targeting recent museum studies graduates desperate to get a foot on the ladder. Nick Poole, chief...
Museums and social responsibility

Museums and social responsibility

“Illogical and absurd”, “limited in their scope of social responsibility”: this is David Fleming’s assessment of, and warning to, museums that do not move beyond their traditional role of collecting, preserving and researching. It is an assessment I share and while Mr Fleming is the Director of National Museums Liverpool I believe his warning is...
The Canadian Forestry Corps

The Canadian Forestry Corps

During the First World War Germany waged a campaign of submarine warfare against Britain designed to undermine it’s capacity to continue the fight on the Western Front and force it to sue for peace.  In response to the increasing pressure on its shipping the British government looked for ways to reduce the amount of timber...
Nathaniel Cohen and his pioneering Egham Labour Exchange

Nathaniel Cohen and his pioneering Egham Labour Exchange

Egham is not normally a town you would associate with firsts. However, in February 1885 it was home to the first successful labour registry in England, established by Nathaniel Louis Cohen. P.J. Crampling describes Cohen as an “extreme Tory in politics”. Cohen was active within the Egham Conservative Working Man’s Club, President of the Egham...
'Ritualism means ruin': the Thorpe War

‘Ritualism means ruin’: the Thorpe War

In England village disputes occur regularly, usually sparked by an errant hedgerow or an unpopular application for planning permission. Few though in modern times stem from religious disputes, fewer then go on to gain national attention and for a village dispute to culminate in a mass demonstration, involving crowds drawn in from far and wide...
'The field of freedom's birth, and the memorial to freedom's winning'

‘The field of freedom’s birth, and the memorial to freedom’s winning’

As Surrey County Council considers whether or not there should be a new national monument to Magna Carta at Runnymede, and what form that could take, it is worth reflecting for a moment on the existing national monument overlooking the meadow: the Air Forces Memorial. Designed by Sir Edward Maufe, architect for the Imperial War...
The Grave of the Spanish Tiger

The Grave of the Spanish Tiger

There lies in Virginia Water churchyard an unlikely grave: that of one of the fiercest generals in the Spanish Carlist Wars of the mid-nineteenth century. Ramón Cabrera, who rose from bandit leader to commander-in-chief of the Carlist forces, was known as the ‘Tiger’, an epithet that stemmed less from his military prowess than for acts...
Royal Holloway College and Women’s Suffrage

Royal Holloway College and Women’s Suffrage