1. Our Museum & what we do
Welcome to Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
Our museum can be found on the ground floor of Windsor’s Guildhall. Our accredited museum is part of Libraries and Resident Service in the Borough, and is supported by the Friends of Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and a team of very enthusiastic volunteers.
The museum collection began in 1951, when local man Maitland Underhill decided to create an exhibition about the history of Windsor, as part of the celebrations for the National Festival of Britain. The exhibition proved so popular, it remained on display in the Guildhall until 1982. The Museum was reopened her Majesty the Queen in the Guildhall in 2011. We also have displays at Windsor Library, Dedworth Library, Maidenhead Library, Maidenhead Town Hall and Boyn Grove Library.
What can you discover?
- The audio experience featuring stories of local people from the past and present.
- Displays featuring objects related to early settlers, military and aeronautical history, working life and childhood.
- Themed temporary exhibitions about the history and rich culture of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
- A guided tour of the historic Guildhall, including the Borough's collection of portraits of the British monarchy
- Guided tours of the Corn Market and the streets surrounding the Guildhall
- For more on our collection and what we currently have on display see 'Our Exhibitions'
What we do - our museum collection goes further than just our exhibitions.
We promote and improve access to heritage and the arts in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and we have been working on some great projects over the years.
Our collection Online: Digitation Project 2018
We have a museum collection of over 13,000 objects and growing.We have digitised 200 objects which are now viewable here and we want to digitise another 2,000 objects by the end of 2018.
Having the collection viewable online will enhance what we have in the museum and how it represents the history of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. We are excited to see how the collection will be enjoyed by a wider audience and we will be developing future projects using our digitised objects.
For King and Country
We worked on researching and recording the WW1 history in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with roadshows in our local communites, school visits and working with a large number of volunteers to gather and record our WW1 memorials. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Our team continues to work on adding information to our pages about those who lost their lives in the Great War, which you can see here
Beyond the Castle Walls
Check out our video showing some of the great things that took place during the project, Beyond the Castle Walls. The project was commissioned by the Libraries, Arts and Heritage Service for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aimed to encourage local, national and international visitors to the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and urge new audiences to appreciate the history of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.