The Sime Gallery will be closed until further notice as with all art galleries. This
comes at a time when about to launch new plans for the Gallery following our
Heritage Lottery fund grant consultation and formation of a separate Sime Trust
(Sime Gallery CIO) to create a sustainable future.
If you wish to read and find out more about Sidney Sime during this period, please
email via the website for the Sime book which will be posted to you.
We hope that people will be able to enjoy looking at art via websites, the media and
books to help us all through this difficult period when art can be inspiring,
fascinating , amusing, mysterious but always interesting.
Keep well and see you in the Gallery in the future by appointment, in group visits
or on regular opening days.
Sidney Sime Gallery wins Heritage Fund grant!
The Trustees of the Sidney Sime Gallery are delighted
to announce that the Gallery
has been awarded a grant of £42,000 from the
National Lottery Heritage
This award will enable the Trustees to create a
sustainable programme of funding and
management aimed at securing the future of this important - indeed
unique - archive of more than 800 artworks, letters, notebooks and
items of memorabilia, thereby ensuring that
Sidney Sime's legacy is preserved for the enjoyment and fascination
of future generations.
Full details of this exciting development can be
found in the Trustees' recent
As well as expressing their
gratitude to the Heritage Fund for this generous grant, the Trustees
would also like to thank the many local organizations and
individuals who provided so much essential support during the
FANTASTIC SEPTEMBER WEATHER FOR THE
25TH HERITAGE WEEKEND
Worplesdon’s Sidney Sime gallery marked this with opening for fourteen
hours over three days WITH 195 VISITORS . Mary Broughton and Stephen
Cranstone both spoke on Saturday lunchtime -the theme was “From coal
mines to castles” Sime's associations from humble beginnings down the
coalmines to his aristocratic patrons, explored through artwork, letters
and caricatures . The Ta Ta café was open and thanks to the many
volunteers in both the gallery and the café we met not only locals from
the borough of Guildford and Woking and even a visitor form Lancashire,
BUT WE also had the honour of The High Sheriff of Surrey Bridget Biddell
and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Bill Biddell DL visiting for the
first time. They had come to visit St Mary’s Church to experience our
natural heritage in the churchyard, so close to Whitmoor Common, and
were delighted they were also able to visit the gallery. We had
descendants of Cliff Heather, former caretaker of the Worplesdon
memorial Hall and grounds who held this role from 1933 for 53 years, as
well as being part of the family who served for nearly 150 years over
three generations of the family as verger of St Mary’s church until his
retirement in 1977. His family who visited have very happy memories of
the village of Worplesdon.
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
If you would like to hear about forthcoming events and the latest
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
© Worplesdon Memorial Trustees 2020