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24.03.05: Watford Museum in the snow

Sarah Jones took some lovely photos of the museum under a blanket of snow during the recent cold spell. You can even see her footprints leading up to the gate!

07.03.05: Watford Writers

The newly-launched Watford Writers group meets at the Cha Cha Cha café in Cassiobury Park on Monday nights at 7.30pm. All writers are welcome, whether published or unpublished, fiction or non-fiction, and the entrance fee is just 2.50.

The group's first workshop will be on Monday 14th March and will be run by Alex Lowe. He's an actor and comedy writer, and has written for huge number of people on radio and TV, including Vic Reeves/Bob Mortimer, Alistair McGowan and Ned Sherrin.

For further information about the group, visit the website or send an e-mail to

24.02.05: Forthcoming Friends talks

A reminder that you can find out about forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks on the activities page. The next talk - 'Narrowboat Nostalgia, life of the boat people' by Sue Woodward - is on Thursday 3rd March, with talks on a wide variety of topics following throughout the year.

21.02.05: Return of the High Street Trails!

As part of fantastic line-up of events and exhibitions, we're delighted to announce the return of our popular High Street Trails, with a series of dates throughout the summer. For more details, head over to the activities page. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment!

17.02.05: Adult Learners' Week

On the activities page, you can find details of free events at Watford Museum as part of Adult Learners' Week, including the first High Street Trail of 2005, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and a talk on our Cassiobury Collection.

15.02.05: Art exhibitions

As we continue to unveil our programme of exhibitions and events on the activities page, you can find details of two forthcoming art exhibitions at Watford Museum.

Janet Conway's figurative sculptures will be on show from Saturday 28th May to Saturday 4th June 2005, while Mitzie Green's landscapes and still-lifes can be seen later in the year, from Thursday 4th November to Saturday 24th December 2005.

Remember that entry to Watford Museum is free!

14.02.05: Easter Workshops

You can now find details of the programme of Easter Workshops on the activities page. There will be three workshops taking place at the museum, with activities including candle-making, building a magic dragon model, and making sun-catchers. Book your place now!

11.02.05: New events and exhibitions

On the activities page, you can find details of two new events at Watford Museum: the Watford Home Front exhibition, which will run from July until October, and the Dig for Victory Day on 5th August. Look out for even more exciting events, coming very soon!

09.02.05: Join our Dig for Victory!

Between February and October, we'll be preparing a wartime vegetable garden at the Museum as part of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the end of World War II. Keen gardeners are required, so if you fancy lending a green-fingered hand, or if you have some wartime memories to share, please contact the museum on 01923 232297 or by e-mailing

07.02.05: Forthcoming Friends talks

A reminder that you can find out about forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks on the activities page. The next talk - 'Ballooning, past and present' by Geoff Payne - is on Saturday 12th February, with talks on a wide variety of topics following throughout the year.

06.01.05: Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year from everyone at Watford Museum! There'll be lots of exciting events and activities in 2005, including a new course of the Museum Art Club classes, activities commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of VE Day, including the Dig for Victory garden, and, of course, further expansion of our new website! For more information, keep an eye on the activities page.

20.12.04: Have a very merry Christmas!

Everyone at Watford Museum would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Whatever you're doing, have an absolutely splendid time and a swift recovery!

If you fancy a visit to the museum to escape from the Christmas shopping, we're open from 10am until 5pm on Thursday and from 10am to midday on Christmas Eve. We then reopen after the break as usual on Thursday 6th January.

14.12.04: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

It's Saturday, and the Hornets are at home. You're on the way to the match with that familiar feeling of anticipation...and trepidation too sometimes! But first, a visit to your favourite pub, your habitual pre-match chippy, your friendly programme seller, or your regular newsagent....

What really sets matchday in motion for you? What are the sights, sounds and smells around Vicarage Road that always fire your footballing imagination? Watford Museum is celebrating your matchday experience with a new online exhibition, and we want your contributions!

The 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' exhibition is part of the museum's massive new 'Goal-den Years' website, devoted to the history of Watford Football Club. As well as reading the thoughts of other supporters and viewing galleries of photos, you can add your own contributions to the exhibition from the comfort of your own keyboard!

The 'Goal-den Years' website is at As well as 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road', you can visit another online exhibition about the dusty romance of the Main Stand at Vicarage Road, read about the museum's permanent collection of memorabilia, and look back at the original 'Goal-den Years' exhibitions about the two Graham Taylor eras. There'll be even more to come too, including a celebration of the club's cup exploits in the New Year.

Thank you card from Chater Infants

06.12.04: Thanks from Chater Infants

This brilliant collage of Watford Museum was made by pupils at Chater Infants. It's the cover of a giant thank you card made after a recent school visit to the museum. We'd like to thank the children for their great art work, which we've put on display in the foyer.

02.12.04: Be adventurous!

If you've still got the Christmas shopping to do, a reminder that the Watford Museum giftshop has a new range of gifts and books in stock, including prints and calendars featuring John Wootton's "A View of Cassiobury Park". Plus our first Watford Museum Christmas card and tree decoration are now available!

Mail order is available by request.

26.11.04: Christmas Carol Concert

Forget the shopping and find your Christmas spirit at a Carol Concert on Tuesday 14th December in St Mary's Square.

Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy will be hosting the Carol Concert in partnership with Watford Borough Council. Church choirs from around Watford will be leading the singing with traditional carols. All are welcome to come and join the festivities.

The Carol Concert starts at 6pm on Tuesday 14th December.

24.11.04: Draw Watford exhibition

Draw Watford, an exhibition showcasing the creative talents of Watford residents, will be on display at Watford Museum throughout December and January.

The Draw Watford event encouraged children and adults of all artistic abilities to use their surroundings in St Mary's Square and Watford Museum as inspiration to draw their own Watford masterpiece and you can see the the imaginative and often surprising results can be seen at Watford Museum from Saturday 4th December. See the activities page for full details.

22.11.04: New Friends talks

Looking ahead to next year, we have a series of Friends of Watford Museum talks coming up, on subjects as varied as Moor Park Mansion and the history of cartoon animation. See the activities page for full details.

18.11.04: Dig for Victory!

As part of the Sixtieth Anniversary to mark the end of World War II, Watford Museum will be Digging for Victory from February 2005, preparing a wartime vegetable garden at the Museum.

Enthusiastic gardeners are required and those with memories of wartime Watford too. You can contact the museum on 01923 232297 or by e-mailing

03.11.04: Join the festive Friends!

A date for your diaries: on Saturday 4th December at 10.30am, you can join the Friends of Watford Museum for a Christmas celebration, including festive refreshments and a demonstration by the Ricky Ringers Hand Bell Group. Entry is free.

01.11.04: Christmas is coming!

Don't forget the Watford Museum giftshop for your Christmas shopping! We have a new range of gifts and books in stock, including prints and calendars featuring John Wootton's "A View of Cassiobury Park". Plus our first Watford Museum Christmas card and tree decoration will be available from mid-November!

Mail order is available by request.

29.10.04: Sharon Sinclair exhibition

An exhibition of art by Sharon Sinclair is now on display at the museum. Inspired by Jamaica, the works will be on show until Saturday 27th November 2004.

26.10.04: A wizard weekend!

A reminder that this weekend sees a whole host of supernatural goings-on, with a Witches and Wizards Workshop at Watford Museum on Friday and Ghost Walks in Cassiobury Park on Saturday.

All of these activities are fully booked now, but you can be the first to find out about forthcoming children's activities by e-mailing us and asking to join our mailing list.

07.10.04: Remember to Draw Watford!

A reminder that Draw Watford - part of the national Big Draw event - starts in St Mary's Square on Saturday 9th October, with a second event at Watford Museum a week later. For further information, see the activities page.

05.10.04: Family Learning Week

Family Learning Week is coming up soon, with a huge variety of learning activities at locations around the town between Saturday 9th October and Saturday 16th October. For more information, have a look at the full programme of events.

28.09.04: Watford Museum Art Club

Come and join us at Watford Museum Art Club. Learn sketching, drawing and painting under the guidance of local artist Martin Smith.

This adult class starts on Friday 15th October 2004 and lasts for ten weeks, running between 10.15am and 12.15pm. The cost is 4 per session and payment in advance is required to guarantee your place. To book, call 01923 278238.

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