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March 2018

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist

March 6 - November 3
Watts Gallery, Down Lane
Compton, Surrey GU3 1DQ United Kingdom

The eightieth anniversary of Mary Watts's death in 2018 marks one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, and ninety years since the Equal Franchise Act in 1928, which finally gave women the right to vote at age twenty-one on the same terms as men. To coincide with this significant anniversary we will present a display titled 'Mary…

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July 2018

Take A Closer Look

July 21 @ 11:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm

Guildford Museum has over 100,000 objects in its care, including items illustrating local archaeology and history, needlework and toys, and items associated with famous people such as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll.  A representative selection of these diverse and often intriguing objects forms the heart of our exhibition Take A Closer Look. Come to Guildford Museum to enjoy a closer look yourself at fascinating objects with stories to tell about the people who made them, used them, or perhaps discovered…

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August 2018


August 11 @ 11:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm

This exhibition showcases images and memories of devastating floods that have swept Guildford and Surrey including the waves of water that washed the area in 1968.

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September 2018

Heritage Open Days: Object Handling Sessions

September 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, The Lighbox Gallery & Museum
Woking, Surrey GU214AA United Kingdom
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To celebrate Heritage Open Days, join our Collections Volunteers for an object handling session with artefacts from The Lightbox History Collection. Drop-in sessions, suitable for visitors aged 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free entry, suggested donation £3

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Pilgrim Stitchers

September 11 @ 9:30 am - September 14 @ 4:00 pm
Guildford House Gallery, Guildford High Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ United Kingdom
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The Pilgrim Stitchers run an annual short course in needlework inspired by specially selected, usually historical, embroidery. This year the Pilgrim Stitchers will be based in the Brew House at Guildford House and the course will include specially arranged opportunities to view embroidery from the collections cared for by Guildford Museum. This extraordinary event is programmed over three days, with a dinner on the evening before the course starts. The cost of the course includes. Tuesday evening dinner. Wednesday: your kit…

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A Guided Tour – Guildford Museum Buildings

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Come and discover the fascinating history of the four buildings that make up Guildford Museum. The buildings have been used as a family home and school amongst other uses. The oldest part dates back to the 13th century. Please note this tour involves steps. This event is free but we recommend booking due to popularity, please call Guildford Museum on 01483 444751 to secure your place today.

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November 2018

Peter Shaffer’s ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’

November 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Peter Shaffer explored farce and epic tragedy in his writing. One of the foremost dramatists of our time, he repeatedly wrestled with his ordered puritanical side and his anarchic tendencies. His plays reflect these two elements of his personality. We will look at some of his texts and read extracts from The Royal Hunt of the Sun, which stunned audiences in its first performances. Shaffer wished he could be more like some of his characters and ‘live in the moment…

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Festive Floral Roadshow – The Beanstalk Tale in the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

November 22
The Mill Studio, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Multiple award-winning floral designer Mig Kimpton brings a fun, fresh approach to festive floral design and creates a unique evening of entertainment with his new Festive Floral Roadshow – The Beanstalk Tale (Thursday 22 November).  Watch him create from scratch, using fresh flowers and unusual materials, some amazing festive designs for the home and thrill at the opportunity of the chance to take one home. All tickets £15 (Price includes a 50p Restoration Levy and 50p Booking Fee) Box Office:…

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Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s ‘Monstrous’ Creation

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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It’s 200 years since the 18-year-old Mary Shelley ‘dreamt’ up her novel Frankenstein. Considered by some as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein has inspired numerous films and was a stand-out production at the National Theatre in 2011. We will explore the themes and ideas embedded in this ever- popular novel. Ideally you should have read the novel before the course, and please bring along a copy.

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