Exploring Heritage: Unforgettable Days in Camberley

Step into a world of history and culture as we journey through the enchanting town of Camberley and its surroundings during the Heritage Open Days.

These events offer a remarkable opportunity for you and your elderly loved one to connect across generations and dive into the rich tapestry of the past. From captivating heritage walks to immersive exhibitions, this blog post unveils a selection of events that promise to create lasting memories. Join hands with your loved one and embark on a journey that weaves stories of old, unearths hidden treasures, and brings history to life.

Bagshot Chapel

Uncover the rich history of Bagshot Chapel, a remarkable and unique piece of local heritage nestled within Bagshot Cemetery. This early 20th-century chapel of rest holds a significant place in the hearts of Bagshot’s residents and offers a poignant window into the past.

Step inside the captivating Bagshot Chapel, where time seems to stand still, and stories of yesteryears come alive. Then wander through the closed cemetery, where fascinating stories unfold, including the resting place of Emily Jane Popejoy, a Victorian servant girl whose tragic tale captured the attention of the Victorians.

Event Details:
Dates and Times: Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th September: 10:00-16:00

Location: Bagshot Cemetery, School Lane, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5BP

Booking: No booking required – simply drop in and immerse yourself in history.

Access: Please note that the cemetery paths are gravel and grass.

With deep historical ties to the community, this chapel has played a vital role in the lives of the people of Bagshot. Journey into Bagshot’s history, where each corner of the chapel and cemetery holds whispers of bygone days, waiting to be heard by curious ears.

Image Credit: Bagshot Cemetery Chapel by Robin Webster

Free French Forces in Camberley: The Savills of Paddock Wood

Surrey Heath Museum invites you to uncover the captivating history of the Free French Forces’ presence in Camberley, an intriguing chapter that unfolded during World War II. Immerse yourself in the past and delve into the experiences of these soldiers who found camaraderie in a quiet Surrey corner.

Join the museum for an enlightening talk with coffee and cake (raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care) on the Savills of Paddock Wood, Lightwater. Discover how this family ran a World War II recuperation hospital for Free French soldiers, later transformed into Paddock Wood Finishing School. Engage with historian and former Paddock Wood finishing school pupil Pippa Anderson, who sheds light on the Savill family’s legacy and their impact on Free French Forces’ recuperation.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Saturday, 9th September, 11:00-13:00

Location: Surrey Heath Museum, 33 Obelisk Way, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SG

Booking: No booking required – attend the talk and exhibition for a meaningful journey into the past.

Richard Savill’s evocative paintings, showcased during the event, provide a visual window into this historical era. Richard Savill’s artwork, a poignant reflection of history and personal struggles, will be on exhibit during the event, and available for viewing at other times during the Heritage Open Days.

Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust

Housed in the former police station, the Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust is a volunteer-driven charitable organisation. Now a vibrant hub for preserving and sharing history, this unique trust breathes life into the past through its captivating exhibits and hands-on experiences.

Their mission? To ignite passion for archaeology. The centre isn’t just a museum; it’s a living, working archaeology unit. Here, volunteers process finds, conduct research, and even master the art of geophysical surveys – modern archaeology without disturbing ancient treasures. Tour the centre, its gallery, former police cells, and meeting room. Engage in brass rubbing, object handling, and quizzes, immersing yourself in hands-on history.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Sunday, 10th September, 11:00-15:00

Location: Surrey Heath Archaeological Centre, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HN

Booking: No booking required – come and explore this unique centre at your leisure.

Access: The building, once a police station and house, offers a glimpse into the past. Please note that the floors are uneven in places, and there’s a step into the building.

Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust invites you to uncover local excavations, learn about finds, and explore the building’s history. Connect generations through shared exploration, as experts and volunteers bring history to life right before your eyes.

Image credit: The Archaeology Centre, Bagshot by Alan Hunt

Windlesham Heritage Walk

Discover the captivating history of Windlesham on a fascinating heritage walk through its original village location. Immerse yourself in Windlesham’s rich heritage as you explore its charming village location guided by local experts.

Step back in time as you embark on a historic walk starting at the St. John the Baptist Church. The circular route, thoughtfully crafted by dedicated members of the Windlesham Society, is brimming with intriguing stories and historical insights about the village’s people and buildings.

Event Details:
Date and Time: Monday, 11th September, 18:00-19:30

Location: St. John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6BL

Booking: Pre-booking is required. Booking closes on 9th September 2023 at 16:30. Contact Gill Riding on 01276 23771 or via [email protected].

Engage in a heartwarming experience as you and your loved ones delve into the stories that have shaped this picturesque village. Join them for a stroll down memory lane, uncovering the hidden treasures of Windlesham’s history.

Please note: Space is limited, so make sure to pre-book to secure your spot for this enchanting heritage walk.

Eagle House School

Step into history at Eagle House School, a venerable institution which recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. Explore the legacy of one of the country’s oldest prep schools and embark on an enthralling journey through its storied past.

Enjoy an enlightening walk across the school’s estate, revealing tales of Tudor houses, wartime memories, and the fascinating evolution of Eagle House School. Traverse the grounds to discover a replica Tudor House, remnants of Edgebarrow Manor, the Eagle House chapel, and poignant World War memorials.

Event Details:
Dates and Times: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September: 14:00 (latecomers cannot join)

Location: Eagle House School, Crowthorne Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH

Booking: No booking required – simply join the guided tour for a captivating historical experience.

Access: Organised tours involve moderate walking, with well-developed tracks and playing fields. Mobility scooters can be used for most of the tour. Note that there are three steps up to the Chapel.

Immerse yourself in the captivating stories woven into Eagle House School’s history. From its Tudor House replica to the charming chapel, the estate holds treasures that bridge the past and the present.

Note: Prepare for an approximately 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, especially if conditions are damp. Rain gear may also come in handy during the tour.

To see more Heritage Open Day events, head over to their website here.

Image credit: Eagle House School entrance by Alan Hunt

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