Photograph of a wood carving on display at Watford Museum

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This is an archive of past news items on the Watford Museum website. To find out what's happening at the moment, visit the latest news page.

22.09.04: Things to do at half-term

By popular demand, we've added details of a whole range of things to occupy the kids at half-term to the activities page. Watford Museum plays host to a "Witches and Wizards Workshop" on Friday 29th October, where you can come and create your own mystical beastie, wizard or witch. There's loads more to do, including a recycled fashion show and lantern workshops...but you'll need to book early to avoid disappointment!

Visitors to the site have been filling in our survey and requested information about half-term activities, so why not have your say too? The survey will pop up automatically when you leave the site, or you can access it directly from here.

Note: As the survey appears in a new window, you may need to disable any pop-up blocking software first.

16.09.04: Cassiobury Park Ghost Walks

The popular Cassiobury Park Ghost Walks return on 30th October 2004. Thread your way through the haunted Cassiobury Park for a night of history and mystery. Enjoy spine tingling stories at their dramatic best, as Watford's ghost tales and legends are unfolded the night before Halloween. For further details, please refer to the activities page.

14.09.04: WEA courses

The Bushey and Watford Branch of the Workers' Educational Association has a series of courses starting from October 2004, including historical courses on the Civil War and Britain's industrial archaeology. For further information, drop a line to antsgreen@aol.com.

13.09.04: Draw Watford

As part of the nationwide Big Draw event, Draw Watford will take place on two Saturdays in October. At St Mary's Square on the 9th, you'll be able to drop by to drawing stations and get tips on creating your own masterpiece from local artists. Then at Watford Museum on the 16th, you can discover the stories behind the exhibits as you draw your own piece of history.

For more information, see the activities page.

10.09.04: Next Friends talk

A reminder that the next Friends of Watford Museum talk - "'Idle Women', Ladies Working on the Canals During the War" by Runnalls Davis - takes place at the museum tomorrow, Saturday 11th September. There's more information on our activities page.

08.09.04: Have your say!

If you've got a spare moment, how about helping us to shape your museum website by completing our survey? We are very keen to hear how satisfied you are with the service so that we can continue to improve. The survey will pop up automatically when you leave the site, or you can access it directly from here.

Note: As the survey appears in a new window, you may need to disable any pop-up blocking software first.

03.09.04: Record-breaking coffee!

On Friday 24th September, the WAYS team will be hosting the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. This will be held at the Leggatts Youth Centre, Leggatts Way, starting at 9.30am until midday. For more information on the event, check the Macmillan website.

A reminder that you can find details of forthcoming events at Watford Museum on the activities page. These include another Friends of Watford Museum talk - "'Idle Women', Ladies Working on the Canals During the War" - on Saturday 11th September.

27.08.04: Not a lonesome trail!

A reminder that the next of our popular High Street Trails takes place tomorrow, on Saturday 28th August. The last trail was a sell-out, so make sure that you book in advance if you'd like to come along. There's more information on our activities page.

19.08.04: Take a bit of Wootton home!

The museum shop is now stocked with new souvenirs for visitors who come to see John Wootton's A View of Cassiobury Park. Prints of the painting are available for 3.50, and it's also included in a calendar of historical scenes for 7.99.

12.08.04: A Russian visitor

Watford Museum has been paid a visit by Sergey Troianovsky, an archaeologist from the State Museum in Watford's Russian twin town, Novgorod. Sergey is visiting Watford as part of a trip organised by the Watford-Novgorod Friendship Society and was keen to learn about Watford's heritage. You can view Sergey's work at http://arc.novgorod.ru/

03.08.04: Treasure hunters!

Staff at the museum were happy to help some treasure hunters from Eurostar's Sales Team today.

Having been challenged to "find the place where the Benskins Brewers used to be", the team were then required to purchase a souvenir from the shop...and to get their story featured on the website. The treasure hunt has been organised to celebrate the team's success so far this year, so we're happy to help them with another achievement!

02.08.04: Orchard Primary School collage

Collage about the Blitz created by Year 5 at Orchard Primary School

A big thank you to Year 5 at Orchard Primary School for the wonderful collage that has gone on show at the museum. Students created the display on the Blitz as part of their project on the Second World War and Watford Museum is pleased to be able to display their hard work.

27.07.04: Congratulations!

A couple who got engaged on a visit to Watford Museum have announced they are getting married in May next year. Richard Greenhill surprised Louise Cheek on Valentine's Day with an engagement ring that he had secretly arranged with staff to put on display in a case the Cassiobury Gallery. Fortunately, a camera was on hand to record the happy event for posterity!

26.07.04: Images of England

A photograph has been taken of Watford Museum, to be included at a future date in a website of listed buildings across England. The museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery Mansion - a Grade II-listed Georgian building, and just one of the listed buildings across Watford being photographed for the on-line project. You can find out more at www.imagesofengland.co.uk.

21.07.04: Environment and Community Fair

Following a successful afternoon at the Arts and Crafts Fair last weekend, look out for Watford Museum as the Rainbow Festival finishes with the Environment and Community Fair on Saturday in the Café Quarter of the High Street. As before, and we'll have a display on the history of the High Street, along with another of our very popular mini-High Street trails and information about the museum itself. See the activities page for more details.

12.07.04: Arts and Crafts Fair

Look out for Watford Museum at the Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. Part of the Rainbow Festival, the Fair will be taking place in the Café Quarter of the High Street, and we'll have a display on the history of the High Street, along with mini-High Street trails and information about the museum itself. See the activities page for more details.

06.07.04: Rainbow Festival

Watford Museum will be participating in the Rainbow Festival, which starts with the carnival and live music on Sunday 11th July.

We'll be at the Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday 17th July and the Environment and Community Fair on Saturday 24th, with a display on the history of the High Street, mini-High Street trails, and information about the museum from the Friends. See the activities page for more details.

05.07.04: The next trail is coming up!

A reminder that the next of our popular High Street Trails takes place on Saturday 10th July. The last trail was a sell-out, so make sure that you book in advance if you'd like to come along. There's more information on our activities page.

22.06.04: Forthcoming events

A reminder that you can find details of forthcoming events at Watford Museum on the activities page. Events that are coming up include a series of Friends of Watford Museum talks, starting with the story of Geo. Ausden Ltd on Thursday, and four of our acclaimed High Street Trails.

15.06.04: Stella Duffy at the library

Stella Duffy, who is best known as the author of several cult novels, short stories and plays but is also an actor and comedian, will be appearing at North Watford Library on Tuesday 29th June at 8.00pm. Tickets are priced at 2.50, including refreshments, and are available from both the North Watford and Central Libraries.

11.06.04: More Friends talks

Details of three more Friends of Watford Museum talks have been added to the activities page.

04.06.04: Architecture Week 2004

Taking place from 18th to 27th June, Architecture Week is the national celebration of architecture.

This year, it takes the theme of "The Way We Live" and there are over four hundred events planned across the country, including a Watford High Street Trail on Saturday 26th June. For more information, pick up a leaflet at Watford Museum or visit the website.

02.06.04: Nominate a local celebrity

English Heritage is expanding its Blue Plaques Scheme across the East of England and would love to hear your suggestions. Watford already has one Blue Plaque - in honour of Terry Scott - but why not nominate another? For more information, visit the English Heritage website.

25.05.04: Last chance!

Don't forget that the Watford in the Second World War exhibition at Watford Central Library, which features objects from Watford Museum's collections, finishes on Monday 31st May.

21.05.04: Welcome!

Welcome to www.watfordmuseum.org.uk, home of the new Watford Museum website!

As you can see, our online presence has been given a radical overhaul by Ian Grant, with a fresh look for all the latest information on what's happening at the museum and new galleries for the Cassiobury Collection and Watford Football Club.

And this is only the start! There will be further additions to the site over the coming weeks, including some exciting online exhibitions...and you'll be able to contribute from the comfort of your own keyboard!

As if that wasn't enough, the museum has a sumptuous new leaflet as well. Designed by Nick Davidson, the leaflet shares a common design with the website and covers Watford Museum's wide range of activities and services. If you'd like a copy, please contact us at info@watfordmuseum.org.uk or on 01923 232297.

04.05.04: Internet Taster Sessions

Watford Central Library runs free one hour sessions for people who are complete beginners in using the Internet.

The sessions take place every Tuesday (6-7pm) and Thursday (11am-12noon), covering useful and interesting subjects such as suitable sites for children to use for homework and resources for researching family histories.

29.04.04: Fund-raising lunch

If you're interested in antiques, you won't want to miss the Peace Hospice's fund-raising lunch and talk by Antiques Roadshow and Bonhams expert Eric Knowles.

Entitled "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!", the lunch takes place on Thursday 6th May 2004 at 12.00 for 12.30 at the Metropolitan Police Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey and tickets cost 22.50, including a glass of wine. For more information, contact Gill Crowson on 01923 335370.

23.04.04:
A bumper update!

A whole load of additions today, including the announcement of two more Friends of Watford Museum talks and news of the BBC's "People's War" exhibition at Watford Library throughout May.

Additionally, J.B. Nunn, author of The Book of Watford, has launched a new site of images at www.watford-photos.co.uk.

24.03.04:
More High Street trails

The museum's popular High Street trails return for the summer! See the activities page for dates and booking information.