Leatherhead & District Local History Society
Covering ASHTEAD, THE BOOKHAMS, FETCHAM AND LEATHERHEAD
Leatherhead Museum's 2018 season ran from April until the second week in December. Staffed entirely by volunteers, it was open every Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 4pm and every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The same hours will apply this year once the Museum has reopened after the current refurbishment. There will also be the special Sunday opening in September as our contribution to the annual Heritage Open Days. See firm dates once the Museum has reopened.
Group visits to the Museum are expected once again this year. Please contact us for more information after the Museum reopens. Among past visits was that of Fetcham Village Infants School who visited twice in one season. The Museum's outside area was opened up so that the children could become amateur paleontologists searching for items buried in the sand tray. In the Victorian kitchen they had to guess what a carpet-beater was used for and could use a dolly. One little boy said: ‘I wish I could live in this house.’
Every year the Museum opens especially for the London and Surrey Cycle Race when our volunteers welcome visitors patiently waiting for the riders to come through Leatherhead and right past the front of Hampton Cottage.
We traditionally have special Craft Days in the summer holidays for children and their parents or guardians. Last year they ran each Friday between 3 and 17 August from 1pm to 4pm with plenty of activities to keep the youngsters busy. The ever popular Hilda and Frank Hollis, residents of Hampton Cottage during the Second World War, were once again represented in their living-room upstairs, celebrating the day that the hostilities ended. Their maid also made an appearance. The actors wore costumes from their own time and talked about their lives in those days.
See Museum News for upcoming Events.