Woking's Story is a permanent museum at The Lightbox which explores the town's fascinating history covering themes such as the 'mad, the bad, and the dead'. This family-friendly space has something for everyone, from a fun children's dressing-up box to the moving stories of local people.

The museum has eight main displays which are interactive and some have oral history listening points. You can discover people’s personal memories of life in the town and watch historic films. Have you ever wondered about what life in Woking used to be like? Or how the town came to be the way it is today?

Tours of Woking's Story can be arranged if booked in advance. To find out more about adult group bookings please click here. To find out more about school group bookings please click here.

There are nine main themes that are explored in Woking's Story:

  • Woking Palace - The former Tudor palace on the banks of the River Wey
  • The Shah Jahan Mosque - The first purpose-built mosque in the UK
  • Brookwood Cemetery - Famous for being the London overflow cemetery during the 19th Century
  • Behind Closed Doors - Revealing the changing attitudes to mental health at Brookwood Hospital.
  • The Coming of the Railway - About the importance of the railway to Woking and the story of its development
  • The Changing Face of Woking - From commerce and industry to sport and entertainment
  • Local Tales - Display about local heroes and interesting stories from people's memories of the town
  • Saving our Heritage - Revealing the rich array of heritage sites to visit in the town and the surrounding area
  • Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment - A display from the Museum of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment at Clandon House