Our parent charity

Dorking and District Preservation Society – exists to maintain the both the heritage and the rural beauty of Southern Mole Valley. To contact the Society – please mail their Chairman, Jane le Cluse.
Best Development Competition – the aim of the competition, which was established in 1990 is to recognise and promote good building design. The competition is open to new and converted buildings, including extensions of any size and character in the southern part of Mole Valley District – from Dorking southwards.
The DDPS also work with Mole Valley District Council on planning issues. Please mail the DDPS on with any concerns.

Local Museums and History Centres

Leatherhead Museum – The Leatherhead Museum of Local History is in Hampton Cottage, a timbered 17th Century house. The Museum opened in 1980. It is the Leatherhead and District Local History Society’s HQ, as well as its showcase for many items of local interest.
Shere Museum – The extensive displays include objects of daily life – tools, toys, domestic items, wartime and leisure – mainly from Victorian times to the 1950s and some surprising finds from earlier periods. The collection covers all aspects of the history of the parish of Shere, which encompasses the villages of Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary and parts of Abinger.

Haslemere Museum – Haslemere Educational Museum is one of the largest Natural History Museums in central southern England with over 240,000 specimens, along with over 140,000 Human History artefacts from around the World. There are three large permanent galleries for Geology, Natural History and Human History artefacts, also with three temporary exhibition rooms, a library and a dedicated education room for people of all ages.

Horsham Museum – Housed in a medieval timber-framed building at the head of one of the most picturesque streets in Sussex, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery offers visitors a treasure trove of local history objects displayed in 26 galleries. The museum also has two walled gardens. A treat for all garden lovers!

Surrey History Centre – collects and rescues archives and printed materials relating to Surrey’s past and present, so that they can tell the story of the county and its people to future generations. You can use these fascinating materials in our supervised search room where staff are on hand to assist your research.

Local Businesses

Denbies – the vineyards are situated on the North Downs with its famous chalky soil, in a protected valley of south facing slopes. A total of 265 acres have been planted which is three times the size of any other in the United Kingdom and has met the promise of producing some of the finest sparkling and table wines in Europe through repeated certification in the annual International Wine Challenge.

Local History Societies

Dorking – holds monthly meetings with speakers, members’ evenings, guided walks, and outings. They initiate research into the history of the town and surrounding villages and works with Dorking Museum to support members in their research.

Newdigate – holds a regular programme of meetings with guest speakers in the Village Hall. Visits are also arranged to places and properties of particular interest

Coldharbour and Leith Hill – created in 2004; Coldharbour and Leith Hill Society always has a full calendar of events. Meetings take place at 7.30pm in the John Venus Hall, Coldharbour.

Westcott – arranges group meetings with visiting speakers. They collect and make available photographs, maps, census returns, parish registers etc. relating to Westcott. A quarterly newsletter is also produced for their members.

Mickleham and Westhumble – The group meets regularly, with a varied programme of activities such as talks from guest speakers, guidedwalks and trips to places of historical interest.  As well as archive research and cataloguing projects we have a variety of task groups working on many topics related to the area.

Friends Societies

Friends of Box Hill –  is a charity, independent of the National Trust, although they work closely with the Trust. FOBH is made up of people who have come to love the Hill and want to help protect it for future generations.

Surrey Hills Society – is an independent charity promoting the positive enjoyment and care of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for those who live, work in, or visit the area. The Society encourages people to explore and learn about the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area.

Our Volunteers and Supporters

Mouse Trap Books – Museum supporter David Drummond is a Dorking author and publisher. All his books on mouse traps and related topics  published in Dorking are now only sold by the Dorking Museum for the benefit of the Museum. If you’d like a copy of any of his books, please get in touch here.

Miss Devine – Rachel Devine made our 19th farmers smock for us. Her brilliantly funny blog retells the story of how she got to grips with creating this impressive garment.

Fairlight Historical Research– Museum Librarian Susannah Horne offers help with family history or the history of your house.

Holmwood Histories – Museum Exhibition planner, Kathy Atherton has extensively researched the villages of North, Mid and South Holmwood.  Her website is packed with information on these areas.

Our Friends

The Deepdene Trail – Back in 2015, a £1million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was secured for the project to revive the landscape and key architectural features on the estate once owned by Thomas Hope, who lived in Deepdene House during the early 19th century. There are many paths to explore on The Trail, perfect for a short walk or a grand adventure. Our three recommended routes range in distance from a 1 mile explore to a 9 mile adventure.

Domestic Buildings Research Group – They study by invitation, old houses, cottages and farm buildings mainly in Surrey, and have recorded over 4,000 buildings. Each owner receives a report consisting of scale drawings and sketches of the structural  and decorative features of the building, together with a page or two  of comments on its origin and developments. The report is free of charge but a donation towards research costs and to cover administration would be very gratefully received. Present owners may also request a copy of the report for non-commercial purposes.

Transition Dorking – part of the transition movement, an international grass roots response to the challenges of sustainability, peak oil and climate change. It aims to establish initiatives that will enable Dorking to become more independent and resilient in the face of change, and in doing so bring us together as a community.

Dorking Food Float – is a not for profit community interest company largely run and supported by volunteers. Food Float offers a range of local bread, cheese, eggs, seasonal fruit and vegetables, baked goods, preserves and honeys. All sourced within 20 miles of your high street and most within 10 miles.

Mole Valley Arts Alive – is Mole Valley’s community arts festival, featuring local people in local locations, engaged in a wealth of local events. This is Mole Valley’s own Fringe Festival, running throughout October, and all are welcome to listen, to watch, to take part and to enjoy some of the hundred or more events that go on.

Mole Valley Heritage Open Days – the largest voluntary heritage event in the country, taking place every year in early September.

Visit Dorking – Everything you need to plan a visit to Dorking; including shopping, places to eat and places to visit.

Surrey in the Great War – Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers is a four year project, run by Surrey Heritage and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to discover how the 1914-1918 conflict affected those left behind, in the county, on the Home Front.

Mole Valley Ramblers – offer friendly group walking across the heart of Surrey and further afield. Both on weekdays and at weekends, they provide a range of walks, generally 5-7 miles for half day walks and 10-12 for full day walks. They also organise the Spring Walks Festival each April.

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