Information for Visitors

The East Surrey Museum is the local history museum for the whole Tandridge District Council area and welcomes a wide range of users. Some come to visit our frequently changing exhibitions; some to spend a pleasant hour or two just browsing or chatting to the stewards; others to use our archives, library, or postcard collections. We always welcome local history researchers although sometimes an appointment with our curator might be needed in order to access specific items or records. Whilst every item in our collection is catalogued on a computer database, it must be appreciated that due to limited space many of those items will need to be retrieved from storage.

There is a museum shop and bookstall selling museum memorabilia, gifts, 'pocket-money' souvenirs, old and recent postcard views and local history books. All profits are used to support the museum. The museum is one of the few places where you can buy many of the Bourne Society's publications, including the complete 'Village Histories' series.

The museum has a recently refurbished unisex toilet for the use of visitors, a kitchen for the use of staff and their guests, and plenty of chairs for the relief of aching legs!

Group Visits

Groups young and old are always welcome, and the museum is pleased to offer a service for a wide range of visitors. Visits can be arranged either during normal opening hours, or at other times if staff are available. Please contact the museum for further information or to make a booking. The average time for a visit is about one hour.

Outreach Visits and Talks

Visits to schools and community groups, bringing suitable material from the museum, are an important part of the museum's service. School visits can be linked to the National Curriculum. Please contact the museum for further information or to make a booking. The museum volunteers are pleased to provide speakers for suitable occasions, using the museum's collections as required.

Disabled Access

The museum welcomes all of its visitors, and stewards are always on hand to provide assistance wherever necessary. People with mobility problems can be set down at the side entry in Stafford Road. There is a sloping path from our side entry with one small step at the door, after which ramps provide easy access to all exhibition rooms. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access into the toilet itself, and no parking for the disabled at the museum. For further information please contact the museum.

Loan Boxes

Loan boxes are available on request, especially for schools. There is one permanent 'overview of the past' box, and other boxes can be made up for specific topics including the requirements of the national curriculum. There is no charge but donations are always welcomed. Please contact the museum for further details.

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