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Getting involved with Guildford Museum

There are all sorts of ways you can get involved with your local museum.

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Friends of Guildford Museum

The Friends of Guildford Museum was set up in 1995 to support and promote the work of the museum by raising funds to buy suitable items to add to the museum's collection which would otherwise be beyond its financial means.

As a friend, you will have an opportunity to participate in a varied programme of talks, outings and social activities arranged to appeal to all age groups.

Friends receive two newsletters a year, with details of events and articles of local historical and archaeological interest.


We're always in need of an extra pair of hands across a range of departments. If you like the idea of working in a museum, if you want to learn more about the collections or even if you just have some spare time on your hands then please get in touch (see our contact details on the right of the page).

Surrey Archaeological Society

The museum had its origins with the Surrey Archaeological Society, which was founded in 1854. In 1898 the society made their permanent headquarters at Castle Arch, and opened the Museum to the public.

In 1911 Gertrude Jekyll gave the society her large collection of objects from cottages in West Surrey and more space was needed to show them. Mr Ferdinand Smallpiece, a councillor, paid for a purpose built gallery and the council became more involved, having built up its own collection since 1905.

Since 1993, the Museum has been run by Guildford Borough Council, which includes the care and display of Surrey Archaeological Society's own collection. Many of the items currently on display are part of the society's collections.

The Society's headquarters are still housed within the Museum building. To find out more visit the Surrey Archaeological Society's website.