Coxhill Manor start New Year with trip to Lightbox Museum

Coxhill Manor resident’s first trip out of the year on Wednesday 5th January, was to the Lightbox Museum in Woking. The Lightbox has three galleries which have regularly changing exhibitions and a permanent local history museum ‘Woking’s Story’.

We attended the latest in the series of ‘Conversations in the Gallery’.  This is a programme of regular interactive gallery discussions for older people, led by artists, curators or art historians. We are enrolled in this programme on an ongoing basis.  Each ‘conversation’ has a different theme and this one was ‘Exploring the history of Woking’.

Residents Doug, Margaret, Roy, Lillian and John joined Activity Coordinators Sandra and Sarah on the trip.

We arrived at 10 am by Bustler buses and were warmly greeted with coffee and biscuits.  We then made our way up to the exhibition for 10.30.  There is only ever up to 10 people in any session so it is very personal and allows for a lot of interaction and discussion.  Heather Thomas, the Senior Learning and Engagement Officer at the Lightbox, led the discussions and passed around a number of artefacts from excavations at Woking Palace dating back to the time of Henry VIII, which we could all handle and examine.

The exhibition had various interactive displays exploring different areas of Woking’s history, such as the notorious Brookwood Asylum, the importance of the railway and Woking Palace.  We perused these at our leisure, and found the interactive displays fantastic for residents especially those with visual impairment.

We enjoyed our pre ordered lunch at the café, and we all agreed it makes a nice change to have lunch out.  We had a quick mooch around the shop, before the Bustler Bus arrived to take us home to Coxhill Manor.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Lightbox and we have developed strong links now with the Lightbox and are getting involved with various initiatives they are exploring, one being an Art Course they are running at the museum.  More on that to follow.

We are looking forward to welcoming Di Topczewski (Learning and Engagement Officer) from the Lightbox at Coxhill Manor in the near future too.  She is going to bring the Lightbox to Coxhill Manor and talk to us about the history of the museum, the exhibitions they run and what they offer.  She is also going to be bringing some artwork/artefacts for us to look at, to make it fun and interactive for our residents.

We have also have purchased several annual passes allowing free access to the museum and all of its exhibitions so we will definitely be making the most of all it has to offer.

If you would like to find out more about life at Coxhill Manor, please contact us on 0808 223 5420 or email

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Alan Horler


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