Hampton Cottage, where the Museum is located, and the Collection of artefacts some of which are displayed there, are owned by the Leatherhead & District Local History Society (L&DLHS).

The Society (Charity No.1175119) has no funding or support from Local or Statutory Authorities.
It relies on subscriptions and donations from L&DLHS members plus donations made by museum visitors and well-wishers.

In this the Friends of Leatherhead Museum has a special role: -

THE FRIENDS OF LEATHERHEAD MUSEUM exists to provide support for the Museum and its curator in meeting the Museumís objectives.

It helps in many ways both practically and financially with the operation of the Museum:-

  • The Friends organise the rota of Stewards who are on duty whilst the Museum is open for visitors and on other occasions undertake the outreach activities when "the Museum" is invited to schools.
  • The Friends help with publicity and regularly organise and run the very successful Craft Days specifically for children [and parents] at holiday times.
  • The Friends also help in such matters as providing advice and finance to purchase special display equipment or other items, over and above that which the L&DLHS can provide, to enhance visitorsí experience at the Museum.
    The Friends is not a registered Charity.

Some people join the Friends just to keep in touch and follow progress. Friendsí subscriptions help to maintain the high standards that the Museum aspires to achieve. Many L&DLHS members also subscribe to the Friends through the L&DLHS.

If you would like to simply join the Friends please click for our Membership Form.

If you would like to discuss volunteering as a Steward or part of the team that helps in the upkeep of the Museum please email us.

Key upcoming dates
Like all other museums Leatherhead Museum is currently closed until the COVID-19 precautions are lifted. Please contact us if you would like to support the Museum in any way.
We will be providing refresher training for the Museum Stewards ready for the eventual reopening at which we will be celebrating the contribution made by the late Linda Heath, former President of the L&DLHS, to the development and preservation of the Museum.
The canopied well head, designed and constructed by Mr Eddie Gosling on behalf of and largely funded by Dr Fred Meynen, will also be unveiled.


The following article appeared in the Leatherhead & District Local History Society's March 2020 Newsletter


Two classes of pupils from Downsend Pre-Prep School in Leatherhead toured the Museum on 30 September as part of a study of local history.

There were four staff accompanying the first year children. The weather was good so we were able to use the outside area. Lin Hampson talked about the how the town developed on the River Mole and how the name Leatherhead had changed over time.

We split into three groups which were rotated in three areas. I talked about the Hollis Room and how people lived at that time. The children particularly enjoyed the gramophone playing and looking at the typewriter.

Lin is shown on the right, explaining how a Victorian kitchen worked. The children enjoyed learning about the old fashioned way of doing the washing.

Robin Christian is shown above, talking about the outside area. The archaeological dig was very popular and the children asked many questions. They were very well behaved and interested and everyone had a very enjoyable morning.

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