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             2004                2003                    2002

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6th January to 7th February 2004

Ceramics Celebrate the Year of Gardening

An exhibition of ceramics - all decorated with floral themes - will be staged at the Museum to celebrate 2004 as the Year of Gardening.

There will be over 60 pieces on show, all made between the 1880's and the early 1950's. This was a particularly fruitful time for British ceramics as artistically it coincided with the exciting use of colour during the Arts and Crafts period, followed closely by the influence of Art Nouveau and then by Art Deco.

The exhibition will illustrate the differing techniques and styles used by different pottery designers including Susie Cooper, Frederick Rhead and Clarice Cliff.


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September 30th - October 18th Works of Heart

Paintings, drawings and poetry come together in the intriguing work of Epsom artist Richard Reddell

Saturday  and Sunday
13th & 14th September.

heritage open days 2003

The Godalming Trust organised Heritage Open Days on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September.

Full details, including ticketing arrangements, will be published in a brochure available in the Museum from midsummer onwards.

In addition to the opportunity to visit 'open houses' and places of worship within walking distance of the Pepperpot, it is hoped to organise coach trips to nearby places of interest.

The plans include a slide presentation by John Young based on his photographs of Farncombe; an exhibition of paintings by local artist Stephen Goddard; and at least two guided walks in the town.

For further information please contact Tony Gordon-Smith on 01483-424483. Derek Watson


September 2nd - 27th Paintings by Stephen Goddard

Continuing the watery theme with paintings inspired by the Wey, by this ever-popular local artist
Click to visit Stephen's own website

July 29th - August 30th

Water and the Wey

8th Canal day
15th Pond Dipping
22nd  Boat Building
29th Tales of the Riverbank

Fun for all ages in the summer holiday exhibition, 
celebrating 350 years of the Wey Navigation.
Bring your wellies!

Come to the museum where you'll find lots of activities for children of all ages. Learn how to operate a canal lock using our working model; investigate the creepy-crawlies that live in ponds and rivers (we even have a bit of the River Wey in the building !), and look for Oswald the Otter (see left) who's hiding here somewhere as well as in Surrey's other museums, galleries and historic sites from July 21st until September 2nd. There's also watery pictures to colour in, pots to paint and games to play.
July 15th - 26th Godalming Photographic Club

Inspiring photographs in the Club's Annual Show, and a photographic competition on 'The Wey Navigation"

July 1st - 12th Vicky Lugg

The Wey Valley Workshop celebrate the life and delicately beautiful embroidery and art of Vicki Lugg

June 10th - 28th Godalming United Church

Celebrating its centenary and exploring its history, through the 20th and into the 21st century

May 20th - June 7th

Paintings by Miriana D'Ambrusio

Landscapes and buildings, watercolour & mixed media, by this highly skilled local artist, new to the Museum  

A full-time career as a painter is the aim of an ambitious young artist who will stage an exhibition of her work at Godalming Museum from Tuesday 20th May to Saturday 7th June.

Born of Italian parents resident in Farncombe for many years, she is Miriana D’Ambrosio aged 26.

 Following education at St Peter’s Comprehensive School, Merrow, Miriana studied at Godalming Sixth Form College and at Anglia University where she was awarded a BA Hons degree in graphics and Italian.  A year of this degree course was spent in Italy where Miriana studied art.

 “I am at a crossroads and looking forward to the exhibition at Godalming Museum which is renowned as a showcase for local artists” says Miriana.

May 6th - 17th

Hilda Watson

A Lifetime’s Needlework

Described as a “unique collection" by the Embroiderers Guild  


Prize winning embroidery will be on show at Godalming Museum from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th May. It is the work of Hilda Watson of Milford, a needlewoman for more than 50 years, who died in 1991, leaving over 120 items described by the Embroiderers Guild as a “unique collection”.

Included in the exhibition - A Lifetime’s Needlework - will be a cot quilt,  joint winner of the Embroiderers Guild challenge Cup in 1955, and a bed jacket, runner up in 1954.

Also displayed will be the work of apprentices at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court, who have won the annual Hilda Watson prize for silkwork offered by the school in her memory.

Mrs Watson, who taught and judged embroidery, worked on the hanging depicting women's contribution to the war effort presented to the nation by the National Federation of Womens Institutes and now in the Imperial War Museum.


Wednesday 14th May

"Churchill's Life Through His Paintings" 

A lecture by David Coombs at St Hilary's School at 7.30

Churchill began painting in 1915 at Hoe Farm in Hascombe during the First World War. After his death in 1965, Churchill’s paintings were catalogued by David Coombs. A new edition of this important work of reference is due to be published in 2003.

David Coombs was Assistant Editor of The Connoisseur and subsequently Editor of The Antique Collector.


April 29th - May 3rd

Celebrating the Silver Jubilee 

Godalming Citizens Advice Bureau.

Easter week
April 19th - 26th

Follow our Easter Trail
Solve the puzzle and win the prize


April 15th - 26th

What Eye See

A unique and intriguing view of Waverley through the eyes of young photographers

An exhibition staged by the Waverley Youth Project, the exhibition features the work of a dozen young people, aged from 11 to 15, who meet weekly at the Wilfred Noyce Centre.

"They have enjoyed putting the exhibition together immensely" says Anife Faria, Project Coordinator. "It has given them a sense of pride and the results are astonishing."  

April 8th - 12th

Paintings by Jo de Beauchamp

Welcome return of this internationally renowned local artist, showing her lovely small framed paintings
March 25th - April 5th

See the Artist at Work. 

Godalming Arts and Crafts Society presents
The Annual Exhibition
A Brush with ART

An exhibition and sale of 
Paintings, Cards, Silk Scarves, Toys and Ceramics

March 4th - 22nd

Camera and Brush

Graham and Vic King “Venture into the Art Market”

For further information please contact Rosie Severs, the Museum Exhibitions Manager on or Graham King on .

A young Farncombe man and his father venture into the art market staging an exhibition at the Godalming Museum .

He is Graham King, 32, who will show photographs of landscapes, flowers and buildings.  His father Vic, will display watercolours.  The photographs and paintings will be for sale.

While working for Secretts at Milford, Graham was encouraged to take up a floristry course at Merrist Wood.  He now works at Bagshot and also tutors and demonstrates for the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies.  Three years ago he bought a digital camera and so was born his interest in outdoor photography.

His father took up painting as a serious hobby three years ago inspired by the television programme Watercolour Challenge.

It was a member of the Godalming Flower Arranging Society who suggested that the Kings should stage an exhibition at the Museum.

“This is a new and exciting project for us” says Graham.

Saturday 8th March 
National Science Week 2003
Don't miss "The Science of Seeing" 
Hands-on activities about light & sight for all the family!
February 18th - March 1st
Music in Godalming
Godalming's musical past, present and future in the build-up to the town's Music Festival 
the annual competitive festival with classes for all ages in all aspects of the performing arts (piano, strings, wind, organ, singing, choirs, speech anbd drama, dance)
January 7th - February 15th

"I had a lovely doll with such lovely hair and her own dresses ..."
Do you remember?

Memories Of Childhood

      "I had a photograph just like that..."

Here is your chance to reminisce. Bring your children and grandchildren - show them what it was really like.


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Throughout December 2002

Stephen Goddard

Christmas Extravaganza

Click to visit Stephen's own website
October 22nd - December 21st 2002

Cards from 33 charities

Last year all charities received at least 81p in every £1 from their card sales (out of which they paid for production and distribution of their cards and any applicable VAT)

Starting October 23rd 2002
Godalming Museum and the Godalming Trust
present the

2002 - 2003 lecture programme

Please follow the link for the full programme and to obtain tickets

October 8th - 19th 2002

Conquest Art

Work by members of the Conquest Art Group

Autumn Exhibition

Enriching the Lives of the Physically Disabled People

October 5th 2002
10.30 - 12 noon

'Say Cheese'
Godalming Photographic Club
A morning for all the family

How cameras work
How to take better pictures
How to display them at their best
For beginners and improvers

October 1st - 5th 2002
Godalming Photographic Club
22nd Annual Exhibition

The diversity of the photographic image

September 10th - 28th 2002

Take 5

Take 5 are five friends who graduated together from a Textile Embroidery course at Godalming College -
Jennifer Ashford, Jane Cobbett, Brenda Fox, Betty Lardner, Deirdre Scott. 

Their exhibition is a illuminating demonstration of contrasting styles, skill with materials and sheer art.

September 3rd - 7th 2002

Farnham Pottery

An exhibition about the Farnham Pottery Restoration project, with a display of the pottery's famous 'Greenware'

on Thursday 5 Sept at 1 pm
Absalom's Legacy
a lecture on the Pottery's history by David Graham, Chairman of the Farnham Trust
Tickets £2 from the Museum

August 6th - 31st 2002 
Hands on the solar system


Exploring the solar system, with space activities, facts & pictures, for all the family 
with the Mullard Space Science Laboratory

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                                                                    Web site last updated 20th February 2004