Our summer exhibition, ‘Our Changing High Streets’ being held at the United Church in Egham from Wednesday 14th June until Tuesday 20th June, has been greatly helped by a successful Members Grant from Surrey County Councillor Marisa Heath, of just under £1,000.
The exhibition will take a broad look at the development of Egham High Street and the changes over the years, focussing on a key number of buildings, businesses and characters in the town. We will also take a look at Virginia Water, Hythe, Englefield Green and Thorpe. We are pleased to be working Heather Knight, Chair of the Egham-by-Runnymede Historical Society (EbRHS) and with other individual Society members on compiling content for the exhibition. The Society, who celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year, have published many books on the local area which are on sale in their shop at the Museum (take a look at the books list on the EbRHS website).
We welcome visitors to the exhibition to share their own memories of the High Street and local shopping areas and place these on our ‘Memory Wall’. With further changes planned for Egham, this is an opportunity to capture the present so it can be recorded and saved for future generations.
“The museum has been a great example of people taking real action in the community to preserve the rich unique history of the area and to teach others about it. I have been privileged to be able to support this hard work and very much appreciate all that the team around the museum have done to ensure all generations can access our history. As we move to develop and modernise Egham, it is vital we look after its history and the museum is central to doing this. To ensure that the museum stays fresh and interesting to the public, it is important that new projects like this are developed and delivered. Egham museum is seeking to hold onto our important history whilst at the same time modernising it and making it relevant to people of today. By doing this it becomes educational and, for some, perhaps our older residents, also therapeutic.”
Thank you Cllr Marisa, from all at Egham Museum.