Chesham Museum

           Welcome to Chesham Museum



NOW RE-FURBISHED - AND FREE!

Come and see us in our beautifully re-furbished museum, now free of

charge thanks to a very generous donation from Waitrose


Chesham Museum is a community organisation founded  in 2004 in the former stables of a public house “The Gamekeeper’s Lodge’, Chesham and relocated in 2009 to its present premises in Market Square, Chesham. The museum was conceived and founded, and is maintained, run and financed completely by local volunteers and by their joint fundraising activities with the support of local businesses, schools and the wider population.

The museum aims to educate visitors about the rich history of Chesham and its past inhabitants. Our collection primarily deals with things that are associated with Chesham, but also the outer-lying areas, for example Asheridge, Ashley Green, Ballinger, Bellingdon, Chartridge, Hyde Heath, Lee Common and Ley Hill.

 

About Ida Lovering ...... an Edwardian artist who visited and painted Chesham
 
Walk - Sunday 7th September
Talk - Monday 22nd September
 
Visitors to Chesham in 1908 would have been able to purchase "A Souvenir of Chesham" featuring pictures and information about the area. A copy of this booklet, which was written, illustrated, and published by Edwardian London artist Ida Lovering, is on display in Chesham Museum.
 
Fi Bingham, a volunteer and trustee at Chesham Museum, has researched the background of this artist, and is leading both a heritage walk and a separate talk on the subject during September entitled "In the steps of Ida Lovering".
 
Ida Lovering published six water colour postcards of Chesham in 1908 and the walk will visit five of these locations to compare then and now and hear some of Ida Lovering's story. The walk is on Sunday 7th September and meets outside Chesham Museum at 2.30pm, £4 per person, no need to book just turn up.
 
The talk is on Monday 22nd September at Chesham Library at 2.30pm. The audience for this event is limited to thirty and a booking is needed, £3 per person. You can book at Chesham Museum open Tue, Wed, Sat, 11-4pm, or phone during open hours 01494 792549.
 
Fi Bingham says, "I have had a wonderful time doing this research about Ida Lovering. Her Chesham postcards were in watercolour, but she was a talented fine artist from an artistic family.  I have found her paintings sold for high prices by international Auction Houses in America and Australia, and have made contact with members of the family.".

The Ale

Old Chesham Ale Mk.2 has arrived at the museum. Last year's first batch of over 5,000 bottles proved so popular that we sold out two weeks before Christmas.
 
Prices for the delicious ruby ale remain the same as the last few years:       £3.30 per bottle      £36.00 per case
 
On sale NOW!
Old Chesham Ale

NEW!  

Easy, informative walks, lasting 1.5 to 2 hours.

No need to book, just turn up!  Only £4 per person.

See our Events page for the latest list of walks and talks.

The beautiful Chesham Town Picture, on loan from the Francis Trust, was painted c. 1760 on Peartree wood and is on show in the reception area of the museum.

The Bell...


The bell that used to hang in the demolished Town Hall is now on display under the town picture in the Museum.  This is attracting a great deal of attention and it is our ultimate aim, in conjunction with the Town Council, to have the bell hung up in the clock tower in the Market Square.

 

Larry Lightbulb

Hello there, I'm the Larry the Lightbulb!  

I've been spending time with the folks at Chesham Museum for a while now and am a fountain of local knowledge.

See if you can spot me throughout the website and I'll treat you to some awesome facts all about Chesham.

Happy hunting...why not also come and see us in the Museum some time...you will love it!

 


15 Market Square, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1HG          Telephone: 01494 792549          Registered Charity Number: 1107115