A new interactive website will allow history lovers to explore artefacts from times gone by in the comfort of their own home.

Elmbridge Museum launches a new website on June 1 as part of its commitment to offer a more accessible, relevant and cost effective 21st century service to the borough.

The website will showcase online exhibitions, temporary exhibitions in the community, facts about the museum collection and upcoming events.

A new collection section is also expected to go live in the coming months and will feature entries for the 40,000 artefacts contained in the museum.

A learning section will also be available as a reference source of schools and students.

Councillor Jan Fuller, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We want the new site to present the visitors with a user-friendly online experience of the museum services, and help them to navigate seamlessly between discovering, learning and planning online.

“I am very excited that visitors will also soon be able to find out more about the very comprehensive museum collection via the new searchable database.”

To discover the history of the borough online, visit elmbridgemuseum.org.uk from June 1.