Godalming Museum

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It's Summer (!) 

Museum now open 10 till 5

Resource Library 1 till 4

Current and forthcoming Exhibitions and events

For a flavour of Godalming's long and rich history see
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At Your Service

The volunteer staff will be pleased t o answer your questions and to serve you with a cup of tea in the exhibition gallery

In the shop you will find many publications about the Godalming area and attractive gifts to suit every taste and pocket

Admission is free but donations are greatly welcomed 

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Godalming has a long and rich history, and come and see it all for real at the museum. Follow this link to Find the museum

Its numerous inns and ale houses provided hospitality for travellers on the London to Portsmouth road. Take this link for views of Godalming High Street Then and Now 

Among many distinguished people associated with the town are General James Oglethorpe, Gertrude Jekyll, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Winston Churchill and the Titanic hero, Jack Phillips, all of whom are celebrated in the Museum.



General James Oglethorpe, who lived in Godalming, founded the colony of Georgia in the USA in 1732 with 120 settlers, including many ex-convicts. He lived at Westbrook House (now the Meath Home) in Godalming.


The Godalming area is rightly associated with the extraordinary talents of the  gardener Gertrude Jekyll and the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens 

 Gertrude Jekyll had a profound influence on garden design. Sir Edwin Lutyens is generally regarded as one the great British architects of the 20th Century.


Puss in Boots by Gertrude Jekyll
 unveiled at the Museum on October 12th 2002


Godalming was home for John 'Jack' George Phillips - the heroic chief wireless telegraphist operator who died at his post aboard the Titanic on the night she sank.

Jack Phillips, Chief Telegraphist, continued to send out SOS messages for several hours after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912. 



Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's Prime Minister in World War II, spent the summer of 1915 at Hoe Farm, Hascombe. It was here that he began to paint.



There are many historic sites in Godalming

Click the map for a close up view (55k file), 
or download a larger copy (112k)


                                                                    Web site last updated 04/10/2004