Building on our successful summer of free craft activities in 2015, the Museum will be continuing to hold these events on Thursdays in July and August. Children of all ages are invited to create and make ‘Animal Magic’, with a different theme each week, including Animal Cards, Animal Mobiles, Animal Sculptures and Animal Masks.
In July we are running our third year of community digging in Farnham. Over the last two years the community dig has hosted over 2000 participants, including large numbers of school children from St. Peter’s School each year, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Although community digs are not a new idea to the area, the Farnham project has been described by the Surrey Archaeological Society as the most successful they have ever seen. In addition to being a fantastic way of engaging people with their own history, the project is also helping us to understand our own town’s history as we discover more finds. We hope to continue to run the project for many more years.
This year, as part of Farnham Craft Month, the museum will be holding behind the scenes archive tours on 8th October. It will be an opportunity for the community to take a glimpse at the historic costume and fine art collections held here at the Museum. From Victorian shoes to pictures drawn and painted by Farnham’s finest artists, there will be extraordinary objects to discover that are cared for in the museum stores.
Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and will begin at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Time to Remember
Earlier this year the Museum participated in the Time to Remember event on Castle Street and in Gostrey Meadow. Alongside this event the Museum created an exhibition, which explores the origins of the Two Minute Silence and Farnham’s role within in. The exhibition concludes at the end of October, and to celebrate the conclusion of our Time to Remember project we will be holding a free event at the Garden Gallery to showcase stories, artwork, recordings and film created as part of the project inspired by Farnham’s Remembrance story.
From November 15th we will be exhibiting a wide range of material acquired by the Museum during the last three years. On view at the Museum for the very first time, these objects reflect the diverse history of the town, from ancient past to contemporary times. Like many museums large amounts of our collection are held in storage, brought out as and when needed for temporary exhibitions or research. New acquisitions demonstrate our collections development in action, as well as providing an insight into the residents of Farnham and what they consider important to preserve. Recent examples have included prehistoric axes excavated in the 1920s, paintings by artist John Verney and collected by a local councillor, and the contents of a local resident’s house who recently passed away. Each item in their own way reflects the interests as well as the daily life of their owners.