Once a source of work and wealth – and still playing an important part in the life of the town – the River Wey will be celebrated in an exhibition at Godalming Museum from Tuesday 14th February to Saturday 18th March.
River trade boomed after the Godalming Navigation opened in 1764 and began to dwindle following the arrival of the railway in 1849 to provide a faster means of travel. Today pleasure boats of all types have replaced the barges which carried cargoes such as corn, timber and hides in loads of up to 80 tons.
The exhibition is illustrated by scenes published in “Godalming in old picture postcards” compiled by Ron Head, and contemporary photographs of the same views. The RSPB is collaborating with the exhibition by providing a display about birds to be seen on and around the river.
It is hoped that visitors will record recollections of the River Wey in a notebook of memories. There will be plenty of other chances to be involved, including a quiz for adults and older children, and other activities for children of all ages to do with adults. A special feature will be “A Walk on the Weyside”, a part of the unique Godalming Museum Family Activity Pack which relates to the exhibition.
The Museum is just opposite the Pepperpot, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments are available. Further information from the Museum at 109a High Street, or telephone .