Local History


Godalming Museum was founded in 1921 to tell the story of the town and surrounding villages.  There are more than twenty thousand objects in the museum collection - maps, documents, photographs, film, books, paintings, prints and drawings, and memories, as well as artefacts, all illustrating how the local area has developed and the lives of its inhabitants changed, over the centuries.

You can see some of these resources on-line: go to "Explore on-line" in "What to see and do" on this website.  On the "What to see and do" page you can also see how resources are displayed in different galleries and in the "Images of Godalming" digital display at the museum, and find out about the museum's local studies library.

These resources have all been collected for the benefit of the community and we love to share them with local schools and other groups - do talk to us if you are planning a local topic, we may well be able to help.


The Story of Godalming Workshop

A half hour introduction to Godalming's Geology, Archaeology and Local History, beginning in the Cretaceous and ending up in the 20th century and touching on the lives of famous characters associated with the local area.  This can be delivered as an object handling session as part of a museum visit or in school with a smaller group, or as a Power point presentation to a larger group.


Town Walk

Beginning at the Pepperpot, the ancient heart of Godalming and the hub of its old market place, this walk takes in the Rivers Ock and Wey, the mills, evidence for the tanning and woollen industries, the Parish Church and the Phillips Memorial Cloister.  It looks at the local architecture, the timber framed Tudor and red brick Georgian, houses and the surviving coaching inns on the High Street.

This walk can be adapted to suit particular areas of interest and lengthened or shortened according to the time available.  The standard walk takes around 1 hour.


Loan Box

There is a loan box: All resources use original artefacts whenever possible and set the local story within its wider context. This box comes with detailed teacher’s notes.

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Ring 01483-426510 or email museum.curator@godalming-tc.gov.uk to find out more or to book