Watch and Listen to a narration of Sidney Sime Carricatures
Heritage weekend plans for Sime Gallery Worplesdon inside Worplesdon
Memorial Hall GU3 3RF
Sidney Herbert Sime 1865-1941, artist mostly remembered for his
fantastic and satirical artwork. He lived and worked in Worplesdon
from 1904 when he moved here with his wife Mary. After his death his
wife bequeathed his 800 pieces she had to the Worplesdon Memorial
hall trust. Since 1956 a gallery has been inside the hall.
Worplesdon’s little hidden gem. Open 2-4pm Wednesday’s and Sunday’s
by appointment only. Those who have not visited before may like to
visit on the extended weekend of Heritage weekend 11th-13th
September 2020. In accordance with COVID guidelines the gallery
visitors will have to pre book ¾ hour visits with a maximum of 4
from 2 “bubbles” at any one session. The safety of our visitors is
paramount and you will be warmly welcomed by our volunteers eager to
tell you all about his life and vast range of art. You will want to
return as there is so much to see.
Visiting for Heritage weekend will be Friday 11 September between
2-4pm, Saturday 12 September 10-4pm with a talk at 11am. Sunday 13
September 10-4pm with talks at 11am and 2pm. Please reserve your
time slot by visiting www.sidneysimegallery.org.uk or ringing 01483
The Sime gallery are delighted to welcome you back by appointment only 2-4pm
Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 August.
The gallery is ready for you visit under Government guidance. You will be amazed at
what there is to view and we welcome you wanting to return to see more at our hidden
gem inside Worplesdon Memorial hall GU3 3RF
Please ring Mary on 01483 233869 Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
We look forward to seeing you. So much to see for all ages.
The Sidney Sime Gallery at Worplesdon, near Guildford in
Surrey, houses a major collection of the
fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime (1865-1941),
the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist.
Sidney Herbert Sime
Sime owned a cottage at Worplesdon - Crown Cottage
- and spent much of his time there during
the latter part of his life.
The gallery is on the first floor of
and was opened in 1956 with proceeds from the sale of Crown Cottage,
on the death of Sime's widow Mary.
Mary bequeathed all those of her late husband's pictures that remained in her
possession to the Trustees of the Worplesdon Memorial Hall
for the creation of such a gallery.
The Trustees continue to make improvements to the Gallery, the most recent of
which (2013) has been a
complete, and extremely successful, renewal of the lighting system.
This was made possible by a grant from Surrey County Council and Guildford
Borough Council through the
Surrey Community Buildings Grant Scheme - support which is very gratefully
Paintings and drawings
There are 88 hung works on view, including theatrical caricatures, caricatures of
local Worplesdon residents
and landscape paintings in oil and watercolour. In total there are over
500 catalogued items.
To view a selection of our pictures online, go to our online
The oil paintings in our collection can be viewed in their entirety
The Trustees pursue a continuing programme of restoration and
conservation. They would like to express their gratitude
to the many organizations and
individuals who have supported this programme through grants and
The gallery also contains some furniture used frequently by Sime: a
gate-leg table, which contains two portfolios of Sime's work and also
various publications of interest; a Windsor chair; and a tallboy
containing his original sketch books, numerous oil paintings, etchings,
drawings and caricatures, and press cuttings.
Visiting the gallery
The Gallery is normally open, from 2 to 4 pm, on Bank Holiday Mondays and on the
Wednesday of each month.
The Gallery is also open throughout the annual Guildford Heritage Weekend in
September and can be visited at other times by appointment.
For details of where we are and how to contact us, see our visiting the gallery page.
Worplesdon Memorial Trustees
The Memorial Hall and the contents of the Sidney Sime Gallery are in the care of
Worplesdon Memorial Trustees, a registered charity. More details can be
found on the
Memorial Hall website.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
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developments at the Gallery, then please join our mailing list
this form and returning it to us.
Our May 2018 newsletter can be found here. As well as
the latest news from the Gallery,
this also contains important data protection information
"The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher"
This 50-page illustrated booklet is available at �5
plus postage and packing.
Please contact us
The Gallery has produced the first ever video presentation of the
1923 book Bogey Beasts by Sidney Sime and Joseph
Find it on our YouTube