Dorking Museum

As life slowly returned to normality at the end of World War II, the Society was again concerned not just about the re-development of land, housing, and transportation, but also that past heritage and records needed to be safeguarded, and so they co-operated with a committee established by Capt. Broadwood to create a local museum and house of records - to amalgamate all the artefacts and files they already had in many locations which first lead to the formation of the Society's Historical group in 1967, and then, in 1975, to the opening of the Museum in the Foundry, in West Street – where it functioned in very confined conditions until 2008.

It was testament to the appeal of the town and its Museum that gifts poured in over the decades, requiring the finding (and filling) of various off-site storage units – including a vast (and leaky!) commercial greenhouse in Beare Green, and a barn on the Denbies Estate.

The almost countless items accrued in all of these (including, as examples, no less than 147 flat irons, and at least 30 of the first small lawnmowers – and, best of all, some medieval wooden water pipes!) had to be examined and cleaned prior to selection for the revised and enlarged space that the Museum now enjoys in West Street (with the Foundry still being an important part of it as the storage/conservation unit). We now welcome you to that new environment that re-opened in 2012…

Photo of a statue of William Mullins, Pilgrim Father, on display in the museum
Here is the Museum... just off West Street and Pump Corner - and the house on the left side was the Mullins' family home
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A photo of a section of a museum exhibit
A photo of the Dorking Town Crier in the Museum
A photo a the direction sign jus outside of the museum