To Spelthorne Museum
at what we just won!
Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Museum volunteers, based in Staines, have been recognised with the Queens
Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
The volunteers who run Spelthorne Museum have been honoured with the
Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary
group can receive in the UK.
Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and since then the
volunteers have run the museum themselves, with financial support from
Spelthorne Borough Council. Approximately 40 people are involved, the
longest-serving having been involved since the museum opened 36 years
ago. Besides staffing the museum, the volunteers plan and mount exhibitions,
both at the museum and at external events, run family friendly events
in the museum, provide an educational service to local schools, host
visits from community groups, publish books on local heritage, and answer
queries from the public. A Young Archaeologists Club also meets at the
Nick and Sue Pollard from the Spelthorne Museum Volunteers were invited
to represent the group at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 19th
May, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh,
the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Nick and Sue Pollard at Buckingham Palace
Spelthorne Museum Volunteers are one of 193 charities, social enterprises
and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The
number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last
year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative
ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given
to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work
in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the
Queens Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2
June the anniversary of the Queens Coronation. ?
The Spelthorne Museum Volunteers will receive the crystal award from
the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former
broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups
who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queens
Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this years
awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in
their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best
of democracy in action.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
I would like to congratulate all groups who received this years
Queens Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic
achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations
put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and
motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue
to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that
we can continue to build a more compassionate society.
Julia Gibbs, Chair of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group
which runs Spelthorne Museum, said:
We are tremendously proud to have been honoured in this way.
Its a real recognition of the countless hours of unpaid work that
have been put in by our volunteers over the last 36 years. We are very
much focused on sharing the history and archaeology of the Borough of
Spelthorne, and we hope that members of the community will feel inspired
to join us and carry on this fascinating and worthwhile work
New May - June 2016
Our exhibition on the Blue
Boards in the Elmsleigh Room has been put on by the Heathrow Branch
of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and is marking the 150th Anniversary
of the Society which was founded in 1856, and the 70th Anniversary
of the opening of Heathrow Airport in 1946.
The display tells the story
of the Royal Aeronautical Society, how it was founded and the
work it does, as well as landmark events in the history of Heathrow.
These landmarks include the first jet passenger aircraft, the
de Havilland Comet in May 1952, the introduction of the Boeing
747 Jumbo Jet in 1969 which revolutionised the economics of air
travel, and the birth of supersonic air transport with the first
passenger flight of Concorde in 1976. This photo shows some of
the first passengers in 1946 boarding an Avro Lancastrian (converted
Lancaster bomber) operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation
The exhibition runs from
now until the end of June.
Our next talk will be in September 2016. Details
later in the year.
Our latest Exhibit is 'Crime & Punishment
in Spelthorne' by Christine Mitchell
next to the Exhibit
Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth
11 on April 21st.
At 5:30 pm on September 9th, 2015 Queen
Elizabeth 11 became the longest reigning Monarch of the UK/Britain,
overtaking Queen Victoria's record of 63 years and 216 days. Congratulations
to her Majesty from all at the Spelthorne Museum.
Woolly mammoths tusks from the Ice
Age, tools from the Stone Age, a large collection of Roman artefacts,
a 1738 fire engine and Victorian memorabilia, Spelthorne Museum has the
whole history of this area we know as Spelthorne.
From its original home in the Old
fire Station, in 2006 Spelthorne Museum moved into a more central location
with its entrance through Staines Library, Friends Walk, Staines. It is
in two halves, the first half, The Elmsleigh Room is open during Library
opening hours and follows the river of time from the Ice Age to modern
times, perfect for a quiet browse.
The second half, The Thames Room,
opens when volunteers are on duty. (opening
times) Spelthorne Museum is entirely run by volunteers. The
friendly, trained volunteers on duty will attempt to answer any queries
you may have, if they cannot then there is an Enquiry System which takes
your question forward.
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
Riverside and Tothill car parks are nearby, both with disabled parking
spaces. The bus station is 100m away, the railway station about ½
mile away and there are ample public moorings for river users.
Admission is free and all are welcome! Please contact us if you would
like to arrange a group visit or come to the museum during alternative
hours. There is a museum shop stocking local history publications, postcards
and small collectables.
The Museum is divided into
two rooms -
Room, which covers the history of Spelthorne, from the Ice Age
to modern times. There is a digital photo album and one display
case which is changed monthly and looks through the Window
Room, which has a replica Roman shop, a traditional Victorian
kitchen layout, a 1738 parish fire engine, a collection of china
Souvenirs of Spelthorne, the Temporary Display area with displays
changing every six months and the Museum Shop selling local history
books, postcards and other history related items. and is open when
Volunteers are on duty.