Guildford Heritage Services is offering two new exhibits – one at the museum and one at the Guildford House Gallery.
100 Years of Remembrance at Guildford House Gallery marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance. He explores what remembrance means to the Surrey Infantry Collection and its regimental family.
The exhibit offers a close encounter with remembrance stories from volunteers and supporters of the Surrey Infantry Collection. You can contribute your own stories to a commemorative wreath – to create a lasting memory of the people Guildford remembers in November.
Guildford City Councilor Tom Hunt, his Armed Forces champion, said: “The red poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. This exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on what this means to them and to those who have served in the military.
“Remembrance Sunday is very personal for all of us as we remember family members and loved ones who have served our country. Ahead of this year’s memorial service, we will be adding the name of Lieutenant Nicholas Stanford London (who had a close connection to Guildford) to our memorial to those who have died in military service since WWII.
The exhibition will be open from Saturday November 6 to December 4. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., apart from the opening day of the exhibition when it will open at 11:30 a.m.
Entrance to the gallery is free and Guildford House is also home to the town’s tourist information center and has a cafe.
Now, at the Guildford Museum in Quarry Street, a display of patchwork items related to the experiences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Created by residents of Guildford, the Guildford Quilt is made up of over 30 patches, which have been embroidered, printed or drawn.
Children and adults provided recordings of their memories and experiences of the pandemic in pictures and words.
The patches and designs will be on display until January 22, after which they will be sewn together to form the new Guildford quilt.
The project was inspired by the Ripley Lending Quilt, made by the Girls’ Friendly Society in the late 19th century to lend and bring comfort to sick villagers.
The quilt survives as a testament to people’s kindness to each other in difficult times. It is on display in the museum’s needlework gallery.
A selection of traditional quilting items will accompany the exhibition, exploring aspects of the history of quilting.
Admission to the Guildford Museum is free and is open weekly Wednesday through Saturday, moonlight at 4:30 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m.