Heath Museum is a little gem, but it has not always received the
support it should either from the public or the Borough Council, so
the Action Group decided to do something about it. Over 40
like-minded cultural, heritage and art groups that use the Surrey
Heath Museum's services joined together to promote its future and
protect it from threats of budget cuts or worse.
idea to raise the profile of the Museum and demonstrate public
support was to create The Heritage Gallery. Help from the Council and
the Mall Management has enabled us to produce a striking show case
for the Museum and all its supporting societies and clubs, bringing
the essence and importance of these activities to the people of the
Borough. In our first 21 months over 25,000 visitors were impressed
by displays and over 70 volunteers kept the Gallery. It was
subsequently closed for 18 months.
January 2013 the Mayor, Councillor Bruce Mansell,
re-opened the Gallery at 31 Obelisk Way in the Mall in Camberley. The
Gallery continues to provide a fascinating exhibition, well worth a
visit and the best way to learn what is happening in Surrey Heath. In
September 2014 we welcomed our 10,000th visitor to our new location
which was celebrated with the presentation of a shopping voucher
donated by the Mall Management to the lucky 'winner' by our Mayor,
Counsellor Bob Paton.
Heritage Gallery and its supporters have become a Local Learning Club
with the intention of producing a programme of activities to take
place at the Gallery. For the present time our principal activity is
the now familiar weekly 'Thursday Lunchtime Talk' presented by a
variety of guest and volunteer speakers on a whole range of subjects
The talks are advertised on the Local Learning Club website which we
share and other supporting websites, including those of Surrey Heath
Museum Action Group and Surrey Heath Local History Club.
The Gallery opens from 11am
to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.