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Exhibitions and events in all our heritage buildings


This Autumn enjoy paintings and collage works by Jennie Tuffs

Flowers by Jenny Tuffs
Tuffs paintings of flowers have the ability to capture and release the spirit trapped in the heart of the bloom.

This is a selling exhibition so treat yourself or begin your Christmas shopping.

Location: Guildford House Gallery
Dates: 22 October - 12 November
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4.30pm (last entry to galleries 4pm)

Entry is free

Meet the Artist drop in sessions will take place on:

  • Friday 11 November
  • Saturday 12 November

Location: Guildford House Gallery
Times: 12 noon - 4pm

Fifty Years of Friendship - The Friends of Guildford House

Fifty years of friendship
For over 50 years The Friends of Guildford House have been supporting the venue and the work of the Heritage Team.

Fifty Years of Friendship display celebrates them and the work they do to support our work, including:

  • assisting in purchasing important works for the Borough Art Collection
  • helping us to care for the art collection
  • engaging local, national and international visitors with local art

Location: Guildford House Gallery
Dates: 21 July - 8 October 2022
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4.30pm (last entry to galleries 4pm)

Entry is free

Georgian Women - Portraits by John Russell

Georgian Women 2022 ed2
We are reopening Guildford House Gallery.

There will be a new exhibition: Georgian Women Portraits by Guildford-born artist John Russell RA (1745 - 1806).

Visit and discover:

  • more about a celebrated Guildford-born artist and painter to King George III
  • portraits of women shown in a new light
  • the skill of one of Britain's most successful pastellists
  • a programme of activities for all ages - watch this space

Location: Guildford House Gallery
Dates: 16 July - 8 October 2022
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4.30pm (last entry to galleries 4pm)

Entry is free

Family Fun Activities

Family tour and craft activity

Join this special tour for families around the Georgian Women exhibition. Find out about the women and children in the paintings. Then make a flower-scented bath bag like those made by the Georgian housewives in the pictures.

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 2 August 11am to midday
  • Friday 19 August 11am to midday

Free materials  - donations encouraged

Booking information

Booking is required. Email or phone 01483 444751

  • aimed at families with children 7 - 12 years old
  • minimum of one adult per two children
  • no unaccompanied children.
  • no adults without children.

Tours of the exhibition for adults

  • Thursday 4 August and 11 August  - booking is required. See Coffee Time Talks

Sight for Surrey Centenary Story

sight for surrey display
100 years of supporting people with sensory loss

The exhibition follows the journey of Sight for Surrey from its beginning in 1922. Recording the work of the organisation, and objects which illustrate technological developments. It includes original 1916 Braille Typewriters right up to modern vibrating pad alarm clocks and Amazon Alexas.

A family friendly interactive area allows visitors to get involved. Write your name in Braille, try out simulation spectacles and 'feely bags'.

Location: Guildford Museum
Dates: 8 October - 5  November 2022
Times: Wednesday to Saturdays;  Midday to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Entry is Free

A display from the Surrey Infantry Collection

Guildford is the home of England's oldest infantry regiment: The Queen's Royal Regiment. It was raised in 1661 by King Charles II to garrison Tangier in Morocco. Through objects and images our case display from the Surrey Infantry Collection introduces The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment. It brings us the stories which connect the Regiment to Guildford and the people who live here. As well as exploring the history of the regiment the display features Corporal Jesse Peters, who was the Town Crier of Guildford from 1946-1966.

Location: Guildford Museum
Dates: Opens 16 February

Jesse Peters ‘crying’ for Guildford, wearing his military medals. Photo provided by David Peters.

Image 1: Jesse Peters 'crying' for Guildford, wearing his military medals. Photo provided by David Peters.

Soldiers from The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) at the Second Battle of El Alamein, 1942. Photo provided by the Surrey Infantry Collection.

Image 2:  Soldiers from The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) at the Second Battle of El Alamein, 1942. Photo provided by the Surrey Infantry Collection.

On the Trail of Guildford's History 

Be a history detective! Search Guildford Museum, Quarry Street and Guildford Castle Grounds to find clues which tell us about the past.

Download the trail. (PDF) [1MB]  

Or pick up a copy from Guildford Museum. We are open Wednesday to Saturday midday to 4.30pm. 

Finds identification sessions

Finds Officer Simon Maslin
Have you come across an interesting archaeological object while out walking or using a metal detector? Bring your find to our Finds identification sessions, and find out more about it.

Our Surrey Finds Liaison Officer, Simon Maslin will take a look. 

Location: Guildford House, 155 High Street, Guildford
Dates: Second Saturday of the month. Next sessions: 8 October, 11am until 1pm

Guildford Games Collection Project

Guildford games blog
We are running a project to collect as many video games made by gaming studios within the borough as we can. These will be added to our permanent collection.

Download the list of games we are collecting. (Excel doc) [19KB]  Do you have any you would like to donate? 

We will also be holding an exhibition in summer 2022. To find out more read our To find out more read our blog. 

The Scullery Playroom

Scullery Playroom
A relaxed environment where pre-school children can have fun and develop key skills. Children can learn communication, language, numeracy, gross motor and fine motor skills.

In the Scullery playroom children can:

  • role play with the toy kitchen complete with colourful fabric food
  • make a pizza and lay a table for dinner
  • try washing the Victorian way
  • join in with the traditional nursery rhymes printed on the walls
  • colouring and activity sheets with pencils and crayons
  • relax on a beanbag and read a washing or cooking themed book
  • view our display of old cooking equipment

Children should be supervised in the room.

The Scullery Playroom at Guildford Museum is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government through the Welcome Back Fund.

Logo European Regional Development Fund
Logo HM Government

Location: Guildford Museum

Coffee Time Talks

Coffee time talks

Join us, on the first Thursday of most months for an informative but relaxed talk on topics of local interest. This is a chance to meet with other people for coffee and chat followed by the talk. All talks are free but voluntary donations are welcome.

Pre-book your place by emailing or telephoning 01483 444751.

Times: Doors open at 10.30am. Talks start at 11am and last for 50 minutes
Location: Guildhall, Guildford High Street

Upcoming Talks

Thursday 29 September:  Messing About on the River Wey

Town Guide Malcolm Watson will trace the history of pleasure boating in Guildford. 

You will find out about:

  • how our Predecessors relaxed on the Wey during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • about the entrepreneurs who ran the local boathouses.

Thursday 3 November: The Story of Two Guildford Brothers in the First World War

This is the story of museum volunteer Jean Wicken's grandfather and great uncle. Her grandfather, Fred Crawt survived the war (with a Second World War postscript). Her great uncle George didn't. Jean knew nothing of their history. She found out by researching her family history and discovering items in her attic.

Thursday 1 December: The History of Newlands Corner

Join Trevor Brook from Albury History Society to learn about this fascinating place.

You will find out about:

  • a fairyland
  • a hospital
  • soil buildings
  • airshows
  • Stracheys
  • Agatha Christie
  • Clough Williams-Ellis and evacuees