Guildford Museum showcases a unique ‘Town Take Over‘ initiative from Saturday 3 October connecting exciting objects in it’s collection with historic locations across the town.

You’ll find posters of the objects with a link to Guildford’s past throughout the town and each has a wonderful story to tell. There is no rush to spot them all at once, the event runs until Thursday 31 December.

Guildford Museum, owned and run by the Council, is working with a number of local residents, businesses and iconic buildings in the town, including Guildford Library, Holy Trinity Church, Tunsgate Quarter and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to take you back in time and linking the town to its significant history.

Cllr James Steel, Lead Councillor for the Environment says “The Town Take Over is an exciting initiative and a brilliant collaboration between ourselves, the museum and our cultural partners. The museum’s innovative team have linked the town’s beautiful historic buildings with some fantastic online resources. The museum, which has recently undergone extensive refurbishment has a range of fascinating exhibitions and the team have also done a fantastic job over the last few months to bring history to life through their website”.

Posters displayed around town invite you to play your own game of eye-spy to discover things you never knew. Each poster has a QR code to scan with your smartphone and reveal information about the site and its object. The stories will also be told on our website’s ‘Digital Town Take Over’ display.

Sally Ann Lowe, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre said “We’re delighted to be part of the Town Takeover project, digitally raising the profile of the theatre, the museum and our partners in the town centre. The Yvonne Arnaud celebrated its 55th anniversary this year, and we were unable to celebrate as we would have liked due to the lockdown. The Town Takeover is an imaginative way to help us tell our story, even when we can’t be fully open.’

Once you’ve seen the objects digitally, visit the museum and see them for yourself in real life for free. You’ll find the temporary exhibitions gallery is showcasing the ‘Town Take Over’ collection.

All of the ground floor displays at the museum are currently open including the Prehistoric and Roman Surrey gallery, the Saxon and Medieval displays. We hope to open the “Trade and Industry Gallery” along with the Needlework Display on the first floor later in October. The Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 4.30pm. Last entry is 4pm and entry is free. The Museum will be closed from 28 September – 2 October while we install the new “Town Take Over” exhibition.

Claire Suggit, Centre Manager, Tunsgate Quarter said “As an active member of our Guildford community, I am delighted that Tunsgate Quarter is supporting Guildford Museum’s Town Take Over this year.  The project provides a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to really engage with their home town and discover some of the historical secrets that make it so special.”

The Museum has put in place a number of measures to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff. A maximum of 12 visitors are allowed in the museum at any one time. Two-metre social distancing measures have been put in place along with a one-way system around the museum, marked by arrows on the floor advising visitors to keep two metres apart except for people within your own household. Hand sanitiser points are in place and all visitors entering the museum are asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival. Visitors other than children under 11 and those exempt for physical, mental health or disability reasons are asked to wear a face covering whilst in the museum.

For more information about the Guildford Museum and the Town Takeover, visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/museum