Shere Museum Collection
The extensive displays include objects of daily life - tools, toys, domestic items, wartime and leisure - mainly from Victorian times to the 1950s and some surprising finds from earlier periods. The collection covers all aspects of the history of the parish of Shere, which encompasses the villages of Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary and parts of Abinger. Visitors can browse the collection in a friendly and informal atmosphere; children are particularly welcome. Volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
There is a collection of archival and reference material which includes old photographs, records, maps, society records, parish magazines - all of which are a rich resource for researching family and local history in the surrounding area. The archives have provided exhibition material for organisations such as The British Red Cross, The Women’s Institute and The Scout Association, and have also been drawn upon for events such as the Parish Council Centenary, Shere Local History symposia and Shere School reunions.
The archives are available for personal research by prior appointment. Alternatively, we welcome requests for information by email or post. A charge will be made for these services.
We are very grateful to NADFAS for their work on cataloguing the collection and archives. The catalogue is available on the Museum's database, which is not currently online, although we hope to achieve this in the future.
You can view a more extensive list of the kind of material the collection encompasses here.