The Friends of Kingston Museum and History Centre

The Capture Kingston awards party in 2020.

About the Friends

The principal purpose of the Friends of Kingston Museum and History Centre is to support Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre. It is a registered charity. By joining the Friends, you are strengthening their work, such as the revival and continuing support for the Council’s Brill Collection of paintings of our Royal Borough, and sponsoring the promotion of the Museum and History Centre. 

The Friends also provide benefits to its members, such as a 10% reduction on purchases from the museum shop, a regular series of talks at the museum and an annual coach outing.


The Friends hold lectures at Kingston Museum, in the Art Gallery (upstairs, accessible by lift).

To see our programme of talks hosted by the Friends, visit our events page.

The Friends also sponsor an annual photography competition, called Capture Kingston, in memory of Les Kirkin, who was a long-time supporter of the Heritage Service and contributed many images to the archive. 

Membership rates

  • individual (over 16 years old) - £15

  • couples (at the same address) - £20

  • life membership - £250

  • corporate and educational rates available on request

About the committee

The Friends of Kingston Museum and History Centre are always keen to invite new people onto the Committee who can bring extra skills and enthusiasm. For more information on how to get involved please contact the Membership Secretary - Bob Phillips at

Friends Talks

Throughout the year the Friends of Kingston Museum and the History Centre organise a series of talks, click here to find out about the upcoming talks in 2024.