To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spelthorne Museum, local artist Rebecca Morton and local carpenter Martin Dorey have designed and painted a new mural alongside students from Matthew Arnold School

Spelthorne Museum

29 July 2020

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spelthorne Museum, local artist Rebecca Morton and local carpenter Martin Dorey have designed and painted a new mural alongside students from Matthew Arnold School.

The mural will be on display on Thames Street, opposite Memorial Gardens car park in Staines-upon-Thames, from Thursday 30 July and depicts elements of Spelthorne's history including:-

  • woolly mammoth - Ice Age mammoth teeth and tusks have been found during local gravel extraction
  • Roman columns and pottery - the Roman town of Ad Pontes was of strategic importance as it was located at the only crossing point of the River Thames upstream from London on the road to Silchester
  • linoleum: linoleum was invented by Frederick Walton in 1860. Walton then took over a mustard mill in Staines to manufacture this highly durable floor covering made from combined renewable materials

Town Farm School in Stanwell also took part in the project, creating colourful 'mammoth footprints' which will be stencilled to the pathway leading towards the mural in Memorial Gardens. These will be accompanied by fun facts, quizzes and activities on signage around the park, for a fun family activity.

Cllr Rose Chandler, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: "I am highly impressed by this mural and I commend Rebecca, Martin and the students from Matthew Arnold School and Town Farm Primary School for their work on this project. Spelthorne has a fascinating history and I would urge all residents to take a look at their website and visit the museum, once it is allowed to open again."

Mrs M Scott, Head of Art and Textiles at Matthew Arnold School, added: "The team who helped to paint the mural are all keen and talented students who show a lot of commitment to their art studies. They absolutely loved this experience and will be so excited to see it go up on display."

Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980 by volunteers who had helped with archaeological excavations in Staines Town Centre during the 1970s. The museum is run on a voluntary basis by Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, with financial support from Spelthorne Borough Council.

Chair of the Spelthorne Museum Trustees, Julia Gibbs, said: "We are delighted to have been able to mark our 40th anniversary by working with Rebecca and Matthew Arnold School, and we would like to thank Spelthorne Borough Council for their support with the project. This new artwork will be an asset to the Town Centre."