Summer Crafts at Watford Museum
Get creative this summer in our family workshops! ALSO enjoy our new trail around the museum and colouring in.
These events are part of the Museum Explorer Passport project. Visit www.museumexplorerpassport.com to find out more.
Thursday 28th July, 10:30am - 12:30pm
To celebrate 2016 being Year of the Garden help to create a big collage of the museum with flowers, plants and creepy crawlies!
Drop-in workshop. No booking necessary - all ages welcome. £1 per child.
Thursday 4th August, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Be inspired by the Cassiobury tiles in our collection and decorate your own.
No booking necessary - all ages welcome. £1 per child.
Thursday 11th August, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Look our collection of different Benskins Brewery bottles and decorate your own!
Please book - all ages welcome. £1 per child.
Thursday 18th August, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Have a look at the Watford Football Club Trophies on display and then make your own using scrap materials. You don't have to be a Watford supporter to join in!
Please book. Ages 7-12. £1 per child.
Thursday 25th August, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Screen-print your own bag with images of the museum collection.
Please book - all ages welcome. £1 per child.
Little Gallery Tearoom
Our pop-up vintage tea gallery is held on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 10.30am to 4pm, selling homemade cakes and Fair Trade drinks.
Museum Explorer Passport
Launching 28th May 2016
This summer, take a family journey through the rich and exciting history of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex with a free Museum Explorer Passport.
Collect yours from a participating local museum and begin your expedition through time, taking in the Roman invasion, the magic of steam railways and the rapid rise of the industrial age. Museums throughout the three counties are running holiday events, activities and trails for families. Go along and get your passport stamped at each museum you visit and take part in our challenges. Your child will get a stamp for each challenge they complete and they will receive a special sticker for completing their challenges.
The passport has been created in partnership with museums across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex with the aim of encouraging families to visit museums. It aims to show families how many great museums there are on their doorstep, providing a range of fantastic, affordable activities during the holidays.
"The Museum Explorer Passport is a great way to find out what's happening during the summer holidays at a museum near you" says Emma Cook, Museums Development Officer for Bedfordshire. "This is the second year of running the project and we are looking forward to seeing how many children will complete all five challenges!"
You can pick up a passport, for free, anytime from the end of May and the explorer scheme will run throughout the summer at the 39 museums participating across the 3 counties.
Watford Museum will be putting on craft workshops throughout the Summer Holidays as part of the scheme. More information on these will follow.
Museums In Motion - Film Installation
8th July - 2nd September 2016
Museums in Motion is a brand new dance and heritage inspired film installation that has opened at Watford Museum in the printing gallery for Summer 2016. The installation has been produced in collaboration with Young Carers from Carers in Herts / the Home Educators Group who have explored the theme 'What is inside your mobile phone?'
Young people and families from across Hertfordshire have come together at Royston, Stevenage and Watford Museums to explore the apps, functions and capabilities of the mobile phone and the historical items that were used for the same task in life in history and relation between the two. The young people and families spent three days as dancers, directors and film-makers to create the installation with a team of professional artists from BEEE Creative and makeAMPLIFY.
High Street Trails
Our popular High Street Trails will return in 2016!
'Are You Here?' - An exhibition by the Jane Cousins
Thursday 7 July - Saturday 27 August 2016
Utilising salvaged paper and textiles, Are You Here? celebrates the beauty of discarded maps. The exhibition asks us to look again at these documents; once highly valued and now increasingly redundant in a world where the blue line of the sat nav dictates how we move, blinkered to what surrounds us.
Boat Building Workshop
Saturday 23 July, 11am - 1pm
Ages fourteen-plus. Free event. Booking essential.
Join us for an informal artist-led workshop, where you can create your own paper mache boat inspired by the map art on show. All materials provided.
Want to improve your word score? Join our friendly Scrabble Club for a game at 2pm on Friday afternoons at the museum. Each session costs just £1.50.
Come along and join the friendly creative dance group for the over 50s at Watford Museum. New Connections is led by Laura Horn, Arts Development Officer for Watford Borough Council. Sessions run every Wednesday, from 10 - 11am and are free of charge.
This class explores gentle and fluid movement sequences that gradually increase joint mobility and muscular strength. Each exercise can be easily adapted to suit each individual's physical ability. All movements can be performed standing, seated or supported.
The creative elements give participants the opportunity to work together and develop their own movements in response to tasks and group ideas. This provides a stimulating workout for the brain, which enhances everyday brain functions such as memory.
More importantly! Tea and Coffee is provided after the session, giving time to unwind and socialise.
For more information and to book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01923 232297.
Friends of Watford Museum events
Entry to these talks is free for Friends of Watford Museum, or £3 for members of the public. Booking is essential.