Guildford Museum Blog

Whether you are a museum geek, historian, local explorer or just browsing the web - read our monthly blog and discover more about all things museum related. We'll be telling you all about what we get up to; from work behind the scenes to setting up exhibitions, meeting interesting people, highlighting amazing objects and keeping you up to date with our projects.

A new addition to the Guildford Borough art collection: Anna Louisa Halsey by John Russell RA
Thursday 15 August 2019

With the help of the Friends of Guildford House Gallery, we have acquired a new addition to the Guildford Borough Art Collection.

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Herbs, flowers, lotions and potions
Wednesday 3 July 2019

Syrian refugees are bringing us closer to medicines, perfumes and cosmetics once made at Guildford House.

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Guildford embroidered baby caps - the Wakeford Layette
Thursday 13 June 2019

In this second blog post about the museum's embroidered baby caps, Collections Manager Catriona Wilson looks at the poignant stories and emotions behind some of our baby clothes.

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God bless the sweet babe: Guildford Museum's embroidered baby caps
Monday 29 April 2019

As Guildford Museum's Collections Manager, I love researching the stories behind our collection of baby caps, which date from the late 1600s to the early 1900s. This first part of a two-part blog post looks at just a few of the 100 caps in our collection and the amazing work that went into making them.

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A day in the life of The Victorian Schoolroom
Monday 1 April 2019

We have an amazing team that delivers Victorian Schoolroom and Playroom sessions for Key Stage 1 and 2, and occasionally older students.

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Halow - building futures
Wednesday 6 March 2019

Here at Heritage Services we are always looking for a new ways to work with different community groups

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Wrapped in History: Unveiling our textile collection
Monday 4 February 2019

We have an extensive textile collection. This month we are diving into needlework from the 17th century up until the present day. The collection includes clothing, patchwork and a wide range of intricately stitched samplers. This blog post is the first of small series that will focus on unveiling the needlework in our care.

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Exquisite embroidery - delving into Guildford Museum's needlework collection
Friday 7 December 2018

Now that our needlework inventory is all sewn up, thanks to the help of the collections team and volunteers, we thought we would let you know about some of the beautiful lace and embroidery treasures in this collection.

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Can you help us identify this man? John Russell's pastel of 'The Village Doctor'
Thursday 1 November 2018

Our Museum's Collections Team and art historian Neil Jeffares check up on an intriguing portrait from the Borough Collection.

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Do you really know what you found?
Thursday 27 September 2018

A sneak peek into Simon Maslin's role as the new Surrey Finds Liaison Officer.

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Keeping track of everything!
Monday 3 September 2018

Find out how it all works from our curatorial assistant...

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Our History Our Identity project builds up speed
Wednesday 15 August 2018

We wanted to tell you about the first couple of weeks of our exciting new project...

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In conversation with our Lead Councillor for Skills, Arts and Tourism - Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith
Wednesday 1 August 2018

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith talks more about art, science and collecting! Read more about Nikki's interests and passion for innovative industries and have a glimpse in to her creative mind.

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Behind the scenes: In our collection store with Catriona Wilson, Collections Manager
Monday 2 July 2018

Our collections team spends several days every week in the stores working alongside a trusty band of volunteers to carry out a full-scale inventory of the collection. This project has been running for a few years now, beginning with the archaeology collection (our largest collection) and moving onto Local History in 2016.

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Celebrating Volunteers' Week
Monday 4 June 2018

Guildford Museum is celebrating our volunteers from Friday 1 to Thursday 7 June 2018.

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