Dorking Museum
and Heritage Centre

Free audio guide

Explore the Dorking Museum collection on our audio guide from Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app, to discover more stories about the objects we hold.

William Mullins

Dorking Museum

Dorking Museum is a small local history Museum, run entirely by Volunteers. The Museum tells the story of Dorking and the surrounding area from Cretaceous times right through to the present day when the 2012 Olympic Road Race came through our town.

The museum has a fine collection of local chalk fossils, as well as the mineral collection of Lord Ashcombe of Denbies. Other key items include a Wedgwood pottery collection.

Guided Walks and Cave Visits


The caves team run four tours a day to the South Street Caves once a month.


Each summer; the walks team organise regular walks through Dorking on a variety of themes.

The Archives

Dorking is an old town with a great amount of history. The Museum holds an extensive and wide ranging archive of documents and photographs dating mainly from the 19th century onwards.

Dorking Incident Map

Schools and Learning

Our schools’ education programme works to bring the museum’s history collections alive so that school children throughout the South East region can be inspired to learn about and engage with Dorking’s fascinating story.

Making the museum more accessible to all is important to us, so that everyone has equal opportunity to learn, enjoy and be inspired.

Westcott School

and Collections

The Permanent Exhibition Space

This area tells the story of Dorking and the surrounding areas. We start off in prehistoric times and travel right through the ages taking in the story of the Pilgrim Father WIlliam Mullins, the beautiful lost estates of the Deepdene and other great houses, the first and second world war, the contribution the Wedgwood family made to Dorking – right up to the present day with our amazing Mosaic made by local school children.

Painting Collection

Dorking Museum’s collection of paintings reflects the beautiful countryside which attracted artists to the area, and comprises the work of professional and amateur artists who have lived and worked in the area.

Temporary Exhibition Space

We are lucky enough to have a large blank space where we are able to present our temporary exhibitions. Every couple months we change this space into another display relevant to Dorking

WW1 Centenary

At the end of 2012 Dorking Museum launched its plans to remember the impact of the First World War on the town of Dorking and its people, and on the surrounding countryside and villages.

Support Dorking Museum

Member benefits include:

Unlimited free entry: Come and go as many times as you like.
Member Events: Enjoy special preview evenings, talks and social evenings.
Discounts: 10% off at the museum shop
Members magazine: Keep up to date with all the news from the museum and other local heritage organisations with our regular magazine – Dorking Heritage

Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre is an independent museum funded entirely by public donation and staffed by volunteers

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