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Community projects

We're keen to engage with our diverse communities in new ways - through outreach projects, events, exhibitions and partnerships. Find out what we have been doing to attract new audiences.

We aim to reflect our diverse audiences with an extensive programme of outreach projects, events, exhibitions and partnerships, designed to attract new audiences. Here you can explore some of the examples of previous community projects developed.

If you are interested in developing a community or partnership project with Guildford Museum, please contact us on 1483444751 or email Heritage Services.

Our History Our Identity outreach project

Boy holding Museum object
Our community outreach and engagement project was a fantastic success. It brought together people from Guildford's villages, and explored connections, conversations and stories.

The project revealed our borough's rural history and identity, through work with partner organisations, including museums, village halls, societies, local groups and individuals.

We visited as many parishes as possible, attending local events, taking our small stand, and, of course, some museum objects to break the ice, stir memories and create intrigue. We found fascinating objects relating to the area we visited. See our Our History Our Identity outreach project page to find out more.



History Detectives

History Detectives
Ten students from King's College, Guildford, took part in a pilot session as part of the Your Stories Your Museum project.

The 'History Detectives' session was a one day workshop devised and delivered in partnership between Guildford Museum team and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Education and Outreach team.

The workshop was aimed at raising awareness of the processes the museum goes through in identifying and exhibiting an item, as well as developing the young people's critical thinking, teamwork, communication, presentation and performance skills.



Learning to Fly project

Learning to fly
We joined Arts Partnership Surrey and Sight For Surrey on a poetry project as part of the "Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers" archive project.

People with vision impairments had the opportunity to find out about the experiences of Surrey people in World War I, handle original artefacts and listen to inspiring stories.

Their final work was displayed in the Discovery Lounge gallery on the discovery table.

Our Stories Our Museum

Your Stories Community
In October 2017 we worked with Guildford Nursery and Children's Centre to find out what the children and their parents would like to see in the museum.

Artist Becci Kenning of Art In-Transit worked alongside Heritage, Arts, Nursery and Children's centre staff on a range of fun activities that uncovered what things interest young children in museums.



Guildford at Work

Guildford at Work
'Guildford at Work' exhibition involved people's recollections of local industries. It was put together by the 'Joining In!' Men's Group, and the Guildford Museum team.

This exhibition looked at some of the many companies that thrived in Guildford in the second half of the 20th century. Exhibits included participants' personal items, and museum collection objects from companies such as Dennis Brothers, Nelco and Plastic Coatings.

The 'Joining In!' Men's Group is a friendly social group for older men, focusing on local history, nostalgia and memories.

For the museum, this exhibition was the first in an on-going 'community curators' programme of temporary exhibitions, organised by different community groups in the borough. 

History of beer brewing in Guildford

Halow project - desk display
Did you know that Guildford has a great history of brewing?

Young people from The Halow Project designed and created a fantastic display inside the discovery lounge all about beer making in the town.

During the exhibition visitors could look at old and new beer bottles, smell some hops, read about the history of an iconic Guildford pub, watch the iPad presentation and try their beer-themed wordsearch.

Thanks to all the young people from Halow for their hard work.

Arts Council