Surrey Heath Museum focus on the work of two remarkable Camberley people

On Monday this week, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, opened new exhibition in Surrey Heath Museum – the life and work of artist Percy Harland Fisher. [Click on image to expand]

I’ve a favourite paining of his that is currently on show in the Museum. It’s The Washing Line, which is No.6 in my Painting of the Week.

Also in the museum is an exhibition of the work of noted local photographer Ron Francis. Well worth a visit to the museum to see some of the works of these two notable Camberley people.

Here are my photos of the official exhibition opening by the mayor.

New exhibitions at Surrey Heath Museum from 25 Jan to 9 March 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council today announce that,

Surrey Heath Museum begins a packed programme of exhibitions for 2019 with the amazing work of a local craftsman and a renowned local society.

Spring Has Sprung features photographs by Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club, revealing the re-emergence of plant life and bird life as the earth warms up from the winter months. The beautiful white blankets of snowdrops and yellow daffodils in local woodlands, emerging vibrant purple crocuses plus the young offspring of swans and ducks make the exhibition a captivating collection of images we all recognise annually. There will be a specially selected ‘Picture of the week’.

Surrey Heath Recaptured – local artist Damion Hugh Davis recaptures the beauty of material found inside and outside his Camberley home, creating furniture and art work. This is a selling exhibition.

Children’s Activities – Linking into the exhibitions we have a number of special events for little (and not so little) ones.

  • Toddler Tuesdays – the last Tuesday in every month featuring toys and activities linked to the exhibitions (10.30am-12.30pm).
  • Spring Half Term (16 – 23 Feb), two special workshops, 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm, £3. (booking in advance preferred);
  • Wed 20 Feb – Recycling Fun with Verity Parker (SHBC Recycling Officer)
  • Thur 30 Feb ‘Leather Working’ with Mick Bacon (Museum Staff).

Surrey Heath Museum & Gallery, 3 Obelisk Way, Camberley, GU15 3SJ Tel: (01276) 23771

Email museum@surreyheath.gov.uk/ Gillian.Barnes-riding@surreyheath.gov.uk

Open 11am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Admission Free www.surreyheath.gov.uk/museum

Upcoming Surrey Heath Museum events in November and December

Surrey Heath Museum, among other events in Camberley Theatre, is hosting activities remembering the First World War, see details below and on the Museum poster – click to expand.

  • Thursday 8th November – talk on the Battles of the First World War by Stuart Mitchel, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, RMA Sandhurst, at the museum (33 Obelisk Way, The Square, Camberley) at 7.30pm – Only £2.50  Booking advised (01276 23771)
  • Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November (10.30 to 12.30)- ‘The Highwayman’  story and craft activity (part of National Novel Writing month)
  • Saturday 15th December and Tuesday 18th December (10.30 to 12.30) – Christmas Crafts ‘The Search for Rudolph’s Footprints’
  • Friday 21st December (10.30 to 4.30) – Make Christmas crafts and discover Christmas celebrations from 100 years ago.
  • 2019 Calendar – Now available to purchase at the Museum and Gallery for only £6.  This years amazing calendar is based on the work of George Edward Cox (1878-1946); Camberley cartoonist.

Our talk on renovating the milestones in Camberley

I know I’ve probably bored you, dear readers, with my work with Reg Davis on renovating the milestones in Camberley.

If you happen to be in The Heritage Gallery today, upstairs in Surrey Heath Museum, from midday till 1.0 pm, Reg and I will be giving a talk on our work. I’ll provide a bit of the history of milestones, and Reg will detail what we did.

Sadly the list of lunchtime talks in the Heritage Gallery doesn’t include our talk. Never mind. Reg Davis is on the left in the photo, and I’m next to him. You’ll have to come along to our presentation to find out why the mayor was there with us.

Upcoming lunchtime talks at Surrey Heath’s Heritage Gallery

Apropos the Heritage Gallery lunch time talks, which I mentioned in the previous article on the Iron Age settlement at West End, here’s a list of their upcoming talks. The Gallery, now shared with Surrey Heath Museum, is in Obelisk Way, opposite Argos. [Click on image to expand]

Volunteers happy to see the Surrey Heath Museum re-open

Surrey Heath Museum is now open in its new location in Camberley’s Square. It’s co-located with the Heritage Gallery in Obelisk Street, next to its entrance onto Park Street.

At the opening ceremony last Friday Gillian Riding, Museum Heritage Officer – curator really, welcomed over 50 museum volunteers and supporters to the re-opening at its new home. Many of whom spilled out of the crowded museum, and listened firstly to Gillian, then Phil Stevens, doyen of the heritage scene in Surrey Heath, and finally to our MP Rt Hon Michael Gove, before Phil and Michael cut the ribbon to officially open the new Museum.

The Heritage Gallery, previously occupying the ground floor is now entirely located upstairs. It’ll be interesting to see how the Museum and Heritage gallery develop together, and how the museum develops, now that it has the potential for greater visitor numbers being in a shopping arcade. I wish it a happy and fulfilling future. Meanwhile, here are a few photos of the event, and a short video of the opening ceremony.