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25.07.2014: The Great War: Watford 1914
From 7 August to 27 September, A Heritage Lottery funded project to mark the centenary of WW1 in Watford. An online memorial website will be launched along with an exhibition which investigates the impact of the war in Watford in 1914. Not to mention, a WW1 sing along and Princess Christmas Box Workshop!
24.07.2014: Get Crafty this Summer with our 2014 workshops!
Are you aged 8-12? Why not have a go at animation, dance and art at the museum's summer workshops! Workshops are taking place every Friday 2-4pm between 25 July - 29 August and cost £2 per person. Booking essential!
24.07.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom
On Saturday 26 July from 10.30am to 4pm, Sophie Cordery will be exhibiting her stunning etchings and there will be lots of yummy summer cakes for sale! Showcase your musical or literary talents at the dial-up event, or just come along to check out Watford's local talent at 2pm. Winners of the Watford Live! postcard competition will also be announced at 2pm.
08.07.2014: Cassiobury Park
Watford Borough Council has received a grant of £4,542,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund for Cassiobury Park. Added to the council's financial commitment, the overall £6.6million project to improve and restore Cassiobury Park includes a new sustainable park hub building with café, community and exhibition room, education facilities, toilets and changing facilities, extending and improving the Cha Cha Cha tea pavilion, revamped and improved pools, returning the historic bandstand to the park, improved entrances to the park, improved management of Whippendell Wood and the Local Nature Reserve, restoration of the historic 18th century Lime Avenue, providing an on site park manager, community park ranger and education officer.
Cassiobury Park is the most significant and most popular green space in Watford, and the landscape is of significant historical interest comprising part of the former Cassiobury Estate, significantly researched by Watford Museum over many years and soon to be captured in a new book called 'Cassiobury - The Ancient Seat of the Earls of Essex' out in October 2014.
For more information on the park, visit: watford.gov.uk/cassioburypark
08.07.2014: Papermouth Comic Con
Join us on Saturday 12 July 2014 for a night of celebrating comics, collectibles and live music!
There will be a merchandise raffle with proceeds to Signpost, comic books from JSP Cosplay Studio, a Sci-lly Sci-Fi Disco and a Krypton Kids section where you can draw your own superheroes!
For more information visit: www.papermouth.co.uk (also on Facebook and Twitter)
The event runs from 5 to 10pm. Entry is £1.
The next Friends of Watford Museum talk will be on Thursday 10th July at 2pm, when Richard Westwood's subject will be astronomy.
Entry to these talks is free for Friends of Watford Museum, or £3 for members of the public. Booking is essential.
27.06.2014: Discover Archaeology
On Saturday 12 July 2014 from 1-3pm, come to Watford Museum to celebrate the national Festival of Archaeology!
Watch flint knapping demonstrations by Richard Wilson, handle flotsam from the Thames, dig from treasure in our sand pit, play on our activity tables and meet the South West Herts Archaeological and Historical Society!
All ages, free entry, no booking necessary.
13.06.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom
Join us on Saturday 28 June 2014 for a needlefelt and stitched postcard workshop by Sew Inspired. The workshop is for people of all abilities, it's about having fun, while Sew Inspired share their skills. £3.50 per person, booking is essential.
Sew Inspired will also be exhibiting and selling their beautiful handmade crafts. Not to mention the Watford Area Arts Forum prize giving for the literature and art challenge cup competitions at 2pm! There is also a chance to buy handmade cakes and fairtrade coffee from our tearoom.
12.06.2014: Watford Football Club's WWI commemorations
In tribute to the 12 Watford FC first-team players who served in World War One, the Hornets' away strip for the 2014/15 season harks back to the colours first worn back in 1914.
One hundred years on from the start of 'The Great War', the club will donate £1 from the sale of each replica black and white striped away shirt to the Royal British Legion.
Watford's players will also wear the away kit on the home fixture scheduled nearest to Remembrance Sunday in early November, with the traditional Royal British Legion bucket collection being held, as well as other special commemorative activities.
The amateur and professional first-team Watford players who served in the First World War were: George Badenoch, Harold Bulling, Jimmy Chalmers, Albert Green, Owen Gregory, Ernie Grimsdell, Bill Hastings, Bill Markland, Robert McGuire, Joe McLauchlan, Alex Stewart and Skilly Williams.
01.06.2014: The Key
Watford Live Festival is delighted to host the Watford screening of The Key - an animated film produced by Mew Lab. Workshops for the film took place at Watford Museum
The event on 29 June at the Pump House is chaired by the Director of the London-International Animation-Festival, Nag Vladermersky. There'll also be a question and answer session.
A free event, but seats must be reserved on email@example.com
30.05.2014: New acquisitions
Our most recent additions to the museum's collections are two printing blocks used to print Watford FC letters in the early 1980s. The purchase of the blocks was funded by Watford Football Club as part of an on-going partnership with the museum.
A book telling the incredible story of Cassiobury House and Park is coming soon. Written by Paul Rabbitts, Watford Borough Council's Head of Parks, and Sarah Priestley, Watford Museum Curator, the book is due out in November and will feature rarely seen images from the museum's collections. Costing £20, the book will be available to buy from Watford Museum.
28.05.2014: Teenage Cancer Trust Takeover Day
National Citizen Service volunteers from the Watford Football Club's Community Sport and Education Trust organised a takeover day at Watford Museum raising £760 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The young people organised all the events themselves and their work was acknowledged with a pitch presentation with museum staff at Watford v Ipswich.
27.05.2014: The China Tearoom
The museum was transformed for a special Chinese themed Little Gallery Tearoom. The event was organised as a fundraiser for the Peace Hospice, to support those walking the Great Wall of China for the Great Walk for Peace 2014. Activities included paper folding workshops and dragon dancing and over £400 was raised for the Peace Hospice!
26.05.2014: High Street Trails 2014
Step back in time with Watford Museum and explore the architectural and social history of Watford's High Street on these walking tours.
High Street Trail
Saturday 14 June and Saturday 2 August, 12 - 1.30pm
Ghosts and Legends
Saturday 5 July and Saturday 16 August, 3 - 4.30pm
Saturday 20 September, 12 - 1.30pm
23.05.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom
This Saturday, have a go at the art of jewellery making with returning jewellery designer Christine Orchard's adult workshop. Learn the basic techniques of working with tools to create stunning bracelet and matching. Classes are suitable for beginners and those with a bit of beading experience. Workshop sessions: 11am - 12.30pm or 1.30 - 3pm. Workshop is £8 per person, booking is essential.
Sarah Lamb will also be exhibiting her stunning glass jewellery, as well as homemade cakes and coffee for sale!
22.05.2014: Past. Present. Future.
An exhibition of works responding to the museum collections by Art and Design students from West Herts College is on display at the museum from 10 May to 7 June 2014.
21.05.2014: Earl of Clarendon Sculpture
Luke was successful in the purchase of a sculpture of Edward Hyde Villiers, 5th Earl of Clarendon at Bonhams auction on 8th April for a hammer price of £800. The bronze is by Mary Bromet, a local sculptor most well known for the Peace Memorial.
The sculpture is an important addition for the Museum collection and was purchased with assistance by the Friends of Watford Museum and the Hertfordshire Heritage fund. It is currently on display in the Museum Foyer.
20.05.2014: Arts Development Officer
A new Arts Development Officer has started work, based at Watford Museum. Laura Horn comes to us from Dance Digital and her priorities include Arts Development, representing Watford Borough Council on the Creative Hertfordshire Forum, artist/ project support and working on the exciting forthcoming Town Centre Big Events! Alongside this, she will also be providing a fortnightly Arts News Bulletin. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
19.05.2014: Luke Perry - River Colne Sculptures
From Thursday 22 to Saturday 31 May, this exhibition in the Watford Museum Foyer explores the creative process behind the new artworks that will be unveiled in Watford along the Colne River Corridor. From work in the community and the historical findings that inspired the artworks to the sparks of the metalwork that made them, the exhibit shows a visual history of the sculptures themselves and how they have been made. See the character behind the newest addition to Watford's rich cultural heritage.
07.05.2014: Young Curators at Watford Museum
On Saturday 21 June 2014 from 1-3pm, join us at Watford Museum to find out more about how you can become part of our new group - the Young Curators. You could have the chance to organise, design and research your very own exhibition on a theme from our collections in Watford Museum's Space2.
Free admission, no booking necessary!
On Saturday 7 June 2014 at 6pm, ten acoustic artists will be performing unplugged at Watford Museum to coincide with Watford Live!
Not to mention a chance to buy a drink from our Benskins Bar! Entry is free!
01.05.2014: Peace Watford Live! Competition
In recognition of the centenary of the First World War, 'Peace' is the joint theme for this year's Watford Area Arts Forum competition.
The two competitions, Art and Literature, are organised for the Watford Live! festival in June by Watford Writers and Watford Area Arts Forum with an exhibition and presentation at Watford Museum.
Entries are free with three cash prices for each competitions.
29.04.2014: Museums at Night
Join us on Saturday 17 May 2014 at 6pm for our late night opening and find out more about the night sky! Performing duo Let's Talk About Space will be guiding families through the solar system using poetry, spoken word, film and animation.
Children's creative dance workshops will take place from 6 - 7pm and explore the unique features of the Planets and Constellations in the Solar System through movement and expression. Suitable for age 7+, booking is essential.
Not to mention a fantastic chance to explore the museum at night, with Central Primary school's space room on display, live music and a chance to buy a drink from our Benskins bar.
24.04.2014: Dance workshops
Join us on Saturday 26 April 2014 at 12.30pm for our children's dance workshops led by our new Arts Officer Laura Horn. These will run alongside our Little Gallery Tearoom Peace Hospice fundraiser.
The workshops are free and are suitable for ages 5+, but booking is essential.
06.04.2014: Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraiser
Save the date: Thursday 17 April!
Young volunteers from the National Citzen Service have only three days to organise and hold a family friendly fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust at the museum. Keep an eye out for more details!
03.04.2014: The China Tearoom Peace Hospice Fundraiser
Join us on Saturday 26 April, from 10.30am to 4pm, for our China styled tearoom to raise money for the Peace Hospice and those involved in the Great Walk for Peace. Delicious handmade cakes and fairtrade coffee will be for sale, as well as a red envelope lucky dip!
Origami workshops by Happygami for families will take place between 11am - 12pm, with an adult origami workshop from 1-2pm. The workshops cost £2 per person and under 8's go free! Booking is essential!
All proceeds from the cakes, lucky dip and workshops will go towards the Peace Hospice.
27.03.2014: Easter workshops
Join us for our family Easter workshops at Watford Museum on Saturday 19th April. Have a go at making Easter wreaths decorated with painted eggs, ribbons, pom poms and fluffy chicks! You can also become a museum explorer on our Easter trail, with a chocolate surprise at the end!
Workshop times: 11am - 12pm, 12-1pm and 2-3pm
All workshops are free, but booking is essential!
21.03.2014: Walking in Cassiobury
An exhibition of photographs by Raffi Katz capturing the atmosphere of the wilder parts of Cassiobury Park and the lesser known outskirts of Watford will be on display at the museum from Saturday 3rd April to Saturday 26th April.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a Friends of Watford Museum talk on Friday 11th April at 2pm. Admission is free for Friends and £3 for members of the public. Booking essential!
20.03.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom
Join us on Saturday 22nd March from 10.30am to 4pm. Mandy Latham will be exhibiting her beautiful handmade shawls, baby gift baskets and knit wear. There will also be scrumptious homemade cakes and fairtrade coffee for sale throughout the day!
20.03.2014: Paper Craft Mobiles for Teeny Tots!
Join us on Saturday 22nd March from 1 to 2.30pm for our Little Gallery Tearoom adult workshop! Victoria Culf will be giving a crash course on the art of paper craft mobiles, involving the techniques of paper mache and decoupage. Go home with your own handmade, brightly coloured mobile and add a carnival twist to any room!
The cost is £8. To book your place please contact 01923 232297 or email email@example.com
19.03.2014: Looking? Good!
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures by members of Guideposts Trust/Henry Smith House Day Centre in Watford is taking place at the museum until 29th March.
The exhibition represents the works of novices and experienced artists, working alongside each other in the day centre's weekly art groups.
14.03.2014: Pop Up Record Shop
On Sunday 23rd March, the British Record Shop Archive will be popping up at the LP Cafe, 173 The Parade from 12 to 4pm to collect archivable items related to record shops in Watford. Dig out your record shop related stuff, celebrate record shop heritage and share your memories with the British Record Shop Archive curator.
It is also a great chance to have your favourite coffee, tea and cakes in your local independent record cafe, accompanied by a soundtrack of crackling pop, rock and jazz vinyl! After all, we don't think there is a better way to hear great music than on a vinyl record!
11.03.2014: Papermouth - Music/Art Event
On Saturday 15th March from 5pm to 10pm, Papermouth will showcase a series of diverse musical and artistic performers quarterly in Watford Museum. Join us for the chance to experience live music, art movies and artistic performers all under one roof!
Featured artist: Carolyn Storey
Music: Tom Craven, Clinton Tavares and Montmartre
Performance Room: The Turner Brothers
Papermouth is a personal, home-grown company, which creates interesting and stimulating music and art events to expose the local music scene.
07.03.2014: 'From Watford, With Love'
Watford Live! in partnership with Watford Museum are holding an art postcard competition for anyone of any age to enter! Create a picturesque, interesting or inspiring image of your favourite place in Watford using any media or art techniques. The picture has to be postcard size (150mm x 105mm) and submitted to the museum by 4pm, Saturday 24th May. All entries will be shown on the Watford Live! website, with the winners put on display at the museum during the festival.
Please note museum opening times: Thurs - Sat, 10am - 5pm to submit entries.
05.03.2014: Views of a Changing Landscape
From Saturday 8th March, the museum's Space2 gallery will host a new exhibition of photographs by Mir Gwilliam Parkes exploring the shifting landscape of King's Cross during its ongoing regeneration.
There'll also be an artist's talk on Saturday 12 April when Mir Gwilliam Parkes will speak about the origins of her exhibition.
For more information, please see our Space2 website.
26.02.2014: Nationally Listed Buildings
The Council has produced a document on all the Nationally Listed Buildings in Watford. This document includes the original building descriptions, from when properties were listed, as well as additional information on the constraints relating to listed building status. Paper copies of the full documents can be viewed at the Town Hall and at both the Central and North Watford Libraries. The documents can also be downloaded for free as a PDF.
A four week consultation runs until Friday 21st March. Comments and suggestions are invited on the draft document, and these will be used to inform the final version.
Further information on this process can be obtained by phoning the Planning Policy team on 01923 278263 or by e-mailing Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org
13.02.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom adult workshop
There will be a fantastic chance to learn the art of jewellery making from professional artist Christine Orchard on Saturday 22 February. This beginners workshop will have you learning the art of threading and knotting. You will be able create a beaded set of earrings, bracelet and necklace in a variety of different colours.
This workshop will also sit alongside our Little Gallery Tearoom, so after your creative session you can buy delicious homemade cakes and coffee, as well as browsing the craft of local artists.
The workshop will take place from 1-3pm at Watford Museum and will cost £5 per person. Contact the museum to book your place.
12.02.2014: Art Postcard Competition Workshops
Join us and have a go at creating your own picture postcard of your favourite scene of Watford out of a variety of different materials. Your design will be entered into a Watford Live! competition, where the chosen winners will be displayed in the museum.
Both workshops are free, but booking is essential
04.02.2014: Clock This
A Wellstones exhibition will be on display at Watford Museum from Thursday 6th February until 28th February.
The exhibition includes work produced by various artists. They share with us their artistic and creative talent through the pieces, by using different clays and glazes. Works created at Wellstones Art and Pottery Workshop.
03.02.2014: Printing in Watford
An exhibition celebrating 100 years of printing education in Watford has gone on display at West Herts College. The exhibition presents some of the printed work produced by staff and students at the Watford School of Printing and the Department of Printing, from the opening decades of the 20th century to the cessation of printing education at the end of the century.
This exhibition continues until 7 February 2014, and also marks the launch of a research project Watford's Printing Past. This project is a collaboration between Watford Museum, Birmingham City University and the Watford University of the Third Age. For more information on the project, please contact Watford Museum.
23.01.2014: The Art of Photography
Join the Friends of Watford Museum for a talk by Bill Cooper on the art of photography. The event takes place at Watford Museum on Saturday 15 February at 2pm. Admission is free for Friends of Watford Museum or £3 for visitors.
23.01.2014: Watford Music Legends
Our friends at the LP Cafe are researching the music history of Watford. You can read more here: http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/watford/community-hub/blog/view/watfords-music-legends-wire-1387297950.4121 http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/watford/community-hub/blog/view/watfords-music-legends-elton-john-1385546814.5111 Look out for more blogs, check out their website at http://thelpcafe.com/ or pop in for speciality coffee, light lunches, cracking cakes and great music!
23.01.2014: Rekindle memories of Watford
Watford Museum has been helping rekindle memories of watford from the 1950s - 2000. We have been providing the fantastic 'thebestof Watford' team, Peter Sutton and Abby Dennis, with photographs of Watford to post on their facebook page. On Memory Lane Mondays you can see all manner of scenes, from postcard views of the pond to 1980s high street images from our collection. Anyone can register and join in by sharing their own memories on the comment boxes: https://www.facebook.com/thebestofwatford
23.01.2014: Little Gallery Tearoom
Join us for the first Little Gallery Tea Room of the year! On 25 January 2014 we have lots of freshly baked cakes and crafts for sale. On 22 February 2014 we celebrate Fairtrade day, so you can warm up with a mug of fairtrade coffee and learn more about fair trading. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!