exhibitions & events
We are really happy to announce that we are re-opening the museum on 8/8/2020!
We have worked hard to put controls in place to make it Covid safe, but it means there is less to see - sorry! Only the ground floor is open and a one-way system is in operation. Track and trace, facemasks, hand sanitiser and a little bit of patience will all be required but we look forward to seeing you! Please check opening hours before you travel as they are subject to change (isn't everything at the moment?).
In addition to our Virtual Exhibition below, commemorating the end of World War II, we are now delighted to bring you a selection of oral history recordings by residents who were children during the war. These can be found here. There is also a new booklet of wartime childhood reminiscences coming out for VJ day, using our Oral Histories - more details can be found here.
VE DAY 8th May 2020
We had planned to join the Parish festivities at the Jubilee Hall on the 8th May, but Coronavirus has prevented that. Instead we have made a virtual exhibition with some of our collection. Just click on the front page to open the pdf. Bishop's Waltham Society has produced a companion booklet of more general information on the war, available here also.
For VJ DAY in August, we will be posting wartime newspaper cuttings from the Austin and Wyatt Collection, and the BWS will be issuing a new version of "Reflections". See you then!
Update 24/3/2020. The Coronavirus has caused us to suspend all our activities for the next few months and we will be sorry not to see all our visitors. However, we hope to post items of research in our Collections section in the coming months so we hope you will still keep visiting us virtually! You can follow us on Twitter @BishopsWMuseum and Facebook @bishopswalthammuseum. See you there!
Bishop's Waltham Museum Trust AGM, 7.30pm 6th April 2020 Jubilee Hall
The AGM will include a round up of the year at the museum, election of officers etc. and an EGM vote on our new CIO constitution. This will be followed by a talk by Don Bryan on the marriage of Mary I to Philip II of Spain in Winchester. All welcome! See poster for details. POSTPONED due to Coronavirus. We will reschedule for the Autumn.
2020 Exhibition: Time of Change
The Time of Change Exhibition is in now in preparation. Beginning at the end of the 2nd World War, we tell the story of Bishop's Waltham in the 1950s and 60s through the eyes of the local children. It's a child friendly exhibition with plenty of fun new activities for big and little people.
Entry to the Palace and the Museum is free. Exhibition opens Saturday 2 May 2020. Looking forward to meeting you there! POSTPONED due to Coronavirus. We will hope to open later in the summer...
2020 Vision is a one-year pop-up photographic project to explore and record everyday life in our local community. Dwellers and Visitors are encouraged to record their daily life with a camera.
What will today’s teenagers look back on when they reach 50? Think about it. We want you to record the good, the bad, the humdrum, the exciting, the ugly, the beautiful and the fun things about life in our town. More information can be found here.