An important acquisition
by Myles Birket Foster
RWS RAB (Berlin) (1825-1899)
Godalming Museum has acquired a watercolour by Myles Birket Foster, one of the most popular Victorian artists. Birket Foster, lived in Witley for thirty years, taking inspiration for many of his paintings from the Surrey countryside. The painting may now be viewed in the Gertrude Jekyll room of the Museum. For a larger view of the painting and more about the artist, click here
The Museum was recently a leading player in a project to list archives in museums and galleries, including the deeds and local history notes given to Godalming by Percy Woods, the local historian who died in 1922. For details of the collection and access to the National Archive click here .
Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens
Gertrude Jekyll had a profound influence on garden design. Sir Edwin Lutyens is generally regarded as one of the greatest British architects of the 20th Century. Godalming Museum is rich in material on Jekyll and Lutyens, creating a permanent exhibition room, a Jekyll garden and carrying a superb collection of drawings by both the garden designer and architect. To learn more about Gertrude Jekyll click here and about Edwin Lutyens here
General James Oglethorpe
General James Oglethorpe who lived in Godalming, founded the colony in Georgia in America in 1732 with 115 settlers. Click here to find out more
Titanic hero Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips, Chief Wireless Telegraphist on RMS Titanic continued to send out SOS messages for two hours after the ship struck an iceberg in 1912, and lost his life as she went down. Click here for more about the life of this local hero.