The garden at the back of the Museum was conceived as a cottage garden in the style of Gertrude Jekyll following her principles of planting, colour grouping and design – and her influential partnership with Lutyens is celebrated in the Summer House and seat, replicas of his designs.
You can visit the museum library to see a selection of their drawings. On a fine day, the garden is a very agreeable place to enjoy a cafetiere of freshly-brewed coffee!
Enter by the garden door to see the temporary exhibition area and the Gift Shop.
Great care has been taken to ensure the interior development has been sympathetic to the original features of the building.
The touch-screen Gertrude Jekyll’s Scrapbook is an enjoyable way to explore the famous gardener’s life, work and design techniques.
The local history galleries are on the first floor. Ceiling hung banners guide you around the displays which cover local interest topics ranging from archaeology to war time, work and play to the Silver Jubilee.
Also on the first floor, the Wall of Faces – featuring people who made Godalming into what it is today, and local celebrities…
… and the Museum has a collection of fine early clocks, several by the Stedman family, including the old town clock (1814) are in working order.
The Local Studies Library is open 1-4 pm, Tues – Sat all year or by prior arrangement.
Information about the Museum’s Collections is available in the Library, which is also a valuable source of local records including Jekyll’s collection of garden drawings, and her notebooks containing lists of plants for gardens.
A stocking frame illustrates the town’s dependence in the past on cloth making and knitting. Other local industries are featured.