The Guildford Heritage Forum was founded in 2015 at a time when our heritage was under threat from all angles. A devastating fire had just destroyed Clandon House. Guildford Museum was facing closure. Developers were at the door wanting to build high rise buildings in the town and swallow up the Green Belt. The need to understand what makes Guildford special had never been more accute.
In particular we have been following the Guildford Museum Project which aims to revitalise the museum. Plans for a major extension have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and a lack of funding. It is unclear where this leaves the museum project and we will probably not know for sure for many months.
Some of the groups associated with the forum also organise the annual Heritage Open Weekend each September in conjunction with Guildford Borough Council.
Guildford has a rich history, fine heritage attractions and many active amenity groups. What it lacks is a way of bringing all these groups together. The intention was for the new museum to act as a hub for the town’s heritage and it is hoped that one day this will be achieved.
Groups and individuals Who have been involved in the Forum include the/ Surrey Archaeological Society, The Guildford Society, Friends of Guildford Museum, the Guildford Town Guides, local historians, teachers, museum specialists, architects and many more.
Until the situation gets clearer the Forum will not be active but articles will be added to this site from time to time.
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