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28.06.06: Summer workshops

On our activities page, you can find details of our summer workshops for eight to twelve year olds. Activities range from customising t-shirts and making wall art right through to drumming and Hieroglyphics translation!

Each workshop costs 5, or 3 with a Watford Plus Card. To book your place, call 01923 278333.

12.06.06: More Friends of Watford Museum talks

Have a look at the activities page for details of two forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks: Geoff Paine will be talking about the RAF Observer Corps on Thursday 13th July, then 'Family at War' will be the topic for Daren Norris on Thursday 7th September.

01.06.06: An England international drops in!

Watford Museum's Playoff Party was graced by Stevie Pearson, who has been selected to represent England in two international wheelchair events. Thirteen year old Stevie has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and uses a powered wheelchair to get around. He's a Watford season ticket holder and made the trip to Cardiff with his family.

However, Stevie needs to raise 3,500 to make the trips to his own matches in Paris and Atlanta. If you'd like to support him, please email a.pearson700@ntlworld.com.

29.05.06: Say 'thank you' to Alec Chamberlain

Alec Chamberlain's testimonial season at Watford came to a fitting end on the pitch with his son, Ryan, leading the team out before the magnificent play-off win at the Millennium Stadium. As a gesture of thanks to a great servant of the club, fans would like to present him with an acknowledgement of what he has meant to the Watford faithful.

You can visit the "Blind, Stupid and Desperate" website to sign your name and leave a short message to say 'Thank you' to Alec for entertaining us over ten wonderful years. The museum will be sending a message itself, after all of the generous help and support that we've received from Alec in recent years.

23.05.06: International Ancient Greek Festival

The International Ancient Greek Festival will run over the weekend of Saturday 3th June and Sunday 4th June at Watford Grammar School for Boys. The theme is Ancient Greek Civilisation - athletics, art, architecture, warfare, medicine and theatre. The programme includes re-enactments, displays and presentations. For more information about the festival, visit the website.

Tickets are available in advance from Live-in-History, 29 Chishill Rd, Heydon, Herts SG8 8PR at 5 for adults, 3 for concessions (students aged over fifteen, adults over sixty) and 2 for children (ages five to fifteen). On the gate, they are 7 for adults, 5 for concessions and 3 for children. Under fives are free. Parking on site is 2.50 for the day. A second parking area will be at West Herts College.

20.05.06: space2 is launched

Watford Borough Council in Partnership with the Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre is pleased to announce the first exhibitions at the Space2 galleries.

Information about the three exhibitions - which feature Tania Coates, Delia Baker and Chris Klein - can be found on our new page devoted to the Space2 galleries at www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/space2, or you can use the link on the right-hand side. Look out for more information on Space2 soon.

20.05.06: Watford Fire Brigade Museum online

As part of our ever-expanding website, we're delighted to host a new gallery of information and images about Watford Fire Museum.

Just go to www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/firemuseum, or use the link on the right-hand side, and you'll find out everything that you need to know about our friends at the Fire Museum, which is on Whippendell Road Junction, Rickmansworth Road. You'll notice that a series of open days is planned throughout the summer...so after visiting the website, why not visit the museum in person?

18.05.06: Come on you Hornets!

Don't forget our Playoff Party at the weekend, celebrating the Hornets' appearance at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. The museum will be open on Saturday between 12.00 and 5.00pm for all kinds of Watford-related activities.

As an extra incentive, the fantastic "good luck" banner, featuring more than a thousand messages from Watford supporters worldwide, will be on display throughout the day. Come and see if you can find your name!

12.05.06: Join us for a Playoff Party

To celebrate the Hornets' appearance in the Playoff Final on 21st May, and to soothe the nerves ahead of the trip to Cardiff, we'll be holding a special Playoff Party on Saturday 20th May between 12.00 and 5.00pm. Activities will include banner-making, craft activities, nail painting, and, of course, cutting up of Yellow Pages confetti.

All Watford fans are welcome to join us, especially if you come bearing Yellow Pages! If you'd like to help, please contact Sarah at sarah@watfordmuseum.org.uk.

23.04.06: Wish the Hornets good luck!

Members of the 1999 playoff-winning squad with the Watford Mailing List banner

Prior to Watford's appearance in the 1999 play-off final, a message went out on the Internet asking for messages of encouragement for the team. As a result of this, over a thousand messages were received from Watford fans located all over the world. These messages were then displayed on a six metre long, full colour banner. One copy of the banner was presented to the team in the week prior to the final. Another copy was taken to Wembley, where Hornets fans met up for a photo shoot before the game.

Following the astounding success of this good luck message, the venture had to be repeated for Aidy and the Watford team of 2006...only bigger and better!

So, here's your chance to show the Golden Boys of 2006 that you care and give them your support on the final leg of the road to Cardiff. Messages may be left at www.bsad.org/banner.html.

20.04.06: High Street Trails

They're back! Our hugely popular High Street Trails are returning for the summer and you'd be well advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The trails cost 3 and start at 10.00am. They'll take place on the following dates:

  • 20th May (free as part of Adult Learners Week. Places are limited and must be booked in advance)
  • 10th June
  • 1st July
  • 5th August

For further information, including how to book, have a look at the activities page.

The new mug, cookie and fridge magnet from the Watford Museum shop

05.04.06: New in store

To coincide with our Silver Jubilee celebrations, we've got some exciting new items in our shop. There's a lovely new mug, a fridge magnet...and some delicious museum-shaped cookies too!

The shop is open during normal opening hours, from Thursday to Saturday between 10.00am and 5.00pm, so why not pop in, have a look around and then pick up a souvenir?

04.04.06: Party pictures!

Following a hugely successful Silver Jubilee Party on 18th March, we've got a whole gallery of photos from the event for you to look through. Even when this news item has dropped out of sight, the gallery will still be available from the menu on the right-hand side: just click on "Silver Jubilee".

More than 250 visitors came to the party and enjoyed free activities including entertainment by Karen Kennedy, Jubilee-themed workshop and quizzes, and vintage vehicles brought for the day by Watford Fire Museum and John Brighton.

Watford Fairtrade Town Campaign were on hand with information, refreshments and tempting samples of Fairtrade chocolate. Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, Clare Ward MP, Deputy Chairman Cllr Rabi Martins, many of the Friends of the Museum and the museum's original curator Helen Poole helped us to cut a fantastic cake in the shape of the museum, made by Cakes of Good Taste in Bushey.

Watford Museum would to thank everyone who supported the event for their help in making it such a success.

22.03.06: Watford Fire Museum

The Watford Fire Museum is based at the Fire Station on Whippendell Road Junction, Rickmansworth Road, Watford. The museum has open days on the following Saturdays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm:

  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 15th July
  • 19th August
  • 16th September

Why not pay them a visit?

15.03.06: Easter workshops

On our activities page, you can find details of our Easter arts and crafts workshops for eight to twelve year olds. Activities include making cards and jewellery, as well as customising t-shirts.

Each workshop costs 5, or 3 with a Watford Plus Card. To book your place, call 01923 278333.

09.03.06: Fairtrade Fortnight

To coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, Watford Museum now has a Fairtrade Café serving delicious hot drinks including tea, coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate and moccachino.

If you're coming to our Silver Jubilee Party on Saturday 18th March, look out for Watford Fairtrade supporters on hand to tempt you with some of the range of Fairtrade products you can buy in Watford.

08.03.06: Come and join the party!

As you'll have noticed from our sparkly home page, the museum is currently celebrating its Silver Jubilee. On Saturday 18th March, you can join in those celebrations by coming to a special party, where there'll be free activities, entertainment, quizzes...and, of course, birthday cake!

We very much hope that you'll come along and join in the fun. More details are on the activities page.

20.02.06: More Friends talks

You can find details of the latest Friends of Watford Museum talks on our activities page. Coming up on Thursday, Sue Woodward will be talking about 'Roses and Castles: Narrowboat Art', while forthcoming talks in April and May will cover 'Happy Easter - food and traditions' and 'Wild About Watford - green spaces and allotments'.

Entry to these talks is free for Friends of Watford Museum, or 2 for members of the public.

Work from the Wally Pykerman's 'Works in Watercolour' exhibition at Watford Town Hall

14.02.06: Works in Watercolour

Until 25th March, you can see Wally Pykerman's "Works in Watercolour" exhibition at the Customer Service Centre in the Town Hall. Wally is a self-taught local artist and still going strong at the age of 91! The exhibition is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday.

23.01.06: Arty-Crafty!

On our activities page, you can find details of our Half-term Art Workshops, for children from eight to twelve years old. There's a workshop making stained glass cards and decorations on Thursday 16th February, then you can make your own puppets on Friday 17th. Booking is essential, so don't delay!

Work from the Watford Museum School of Drawing and Painting exhibition

12.01.06: The Watford Museum School of Drawing and Painting

We're delighted to announce that the first exhibition of work by the museum's art club will begin on Saturday 28th January. The work is the result of weekly classes in sketching, drawing and painting under the guidance of local artist Martin Smith.

For more information about the exhibition and the club, see the activities page.

09.01.06: Good luck!

The museum was recently visited by a theatre company looking for Victorian inspiration for their production of "Oliver" in Belgium. We'd like to wish them the very best of luck with it. If you're passing through Brussels, why not take in the show?

06.01.06: Take a bow!

In our last news story of 2005, we announced the winners of our "From Watford with Love" postcard competition. Here, you can see three of those winners at the launch of The Big Draw Exhibition, which features their work and continues at the museum until 19th January.

Gemma Gil-Ray, Aleksandra Kacina and Sam Oguz are pictured with the Chairman of Watford Borough Council, Councillor Tim Williams. The photos were taken by Ticijan Kacina.

'From Watford with Love' competition winners

From Watford with Love' competition winner

From Watford with Love' competition winner

From Watford with Love' competition winner

22.12.05: Winners!

We're pleased to announce the winners of our "From Watford with Love" competition, in which visitors to the museum created postcards inspired by our collections.

First of all, Mairi Peddison-Grant's fantastic design has been chosen as our Christmas card for this year....

Watford Museum Christmas card

And designs by Sam Oguz, Aleksandra Kacina, Gemma Gil-Kay and Tracy Peddison-Grant are available as a postcard pack, on sale at the museum....

'From Watford with Love' competition winner

From Watford with Love' competition winner

From Watford with Love' competition winner

From Watford with Love' competition winner

22.12.05: From Watford with Love

From today until Thursday 19th January, visitors to the museum can see the results of the recent series of Big Draw events.

"From Watford with Love" is an exhibition of postcards made by the people of Watford, inspired by Watford Museum's collections, and there's also a short film made by pupils at Watford Grammar School for Girls.

For more information, see the activities page.

22.12.05: More Friends talks

On the activities page, you can find details of forthcoming Friends of Watford Museum talks in the new year. The programme kicks off with 'Cinema going from Picture Palace to Multiplex' on 20th January, before continuing with 'Roses and Castles: Narrowboat Art' on 23rd February.

16.12.05: Happy Christmas!

Everyone at Watford Museum would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. If you're thinking of visiting us over the next few days, here are our opening times:

Thursday 22nd December: 10am-5pm
Friday 23rd December: 10am-5pm
Saturday 24th December: 10am-midday

We are then closed between Christmas and New Year, re-opening on Thursday 5th December.

02.12.05: Pub talk

On Thursday 15th December, Watford Museum is teaming up with the Watford Campaign for Real Ale to host a talk about the buildings of Watford High Street...with particular reference to the pubs! For more information, see the activities page.

24.11.05: Birds in winter

Don't forget that our series of Friends of Watford Museum talks continues on Friday 2nd December at 2pm, as John Britten talks about South-West Hertfordshire's birds in winter. For more information, see the activities page.

25.10.05: Lantern workshops

A reminder that free lantern-making workshops will be taking place at the museum on Saturday 29th October, prior to the 'Sea of Light' parade before the Round Table's Firework display in Cassiobury Park. For more information, see the activities page.

24.10.05: Last chance

This week is your last chance to see our "Watford Home Front" exhibition, about life in the town during the Second World War. The exhibition runs until Saturday 29th October and can be visited during the museum's normal opening hours: Thurday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

21.10.05: Things to do tomorrow

A reminder that the national Big Draw event continues at Watford Museum tomorrow with "From Watford with Love", a chance to make your own postcard inspired by the museum's collection. The event takes place between 10.30am and 4.30pm and is intended for all ages, from zero to a hundred!

Additionally, our regular Friends of Watford Museum talks continue with the 'History of the Fire Brigade' by Roger Middleton and Roger Culverhouse at 2pm. Entry is free for Friends of Watford Museum, or 2 for members of the public.

As ever, full details of these events (and lots of others!) are on the activities page.

13.10.05: More Dig for Victory

The latest installment of our 'Dig for Victory' diary covers September, featuring tomatoes, runner beans, and our volunteers' last visit.

12.10.05: Heir returns to Watford

Bill Capell and family visiting Watford Museum

Watford Museum recently enjoyed a special visit from the next in line to the Earldom of Essex. Bill Capell, a retired Calfornian grocer, is a direct descendant of the family that lived at Cassiobury House. He's pictured with his wife, Sandy, and their family who visited Watford for the first time to find out more about their ancestors' history.

The trip has been filmed for American news programme 'Inside Edition' and also shown is their reporter Kim Dean. Everyone at the museum would like to send a big hello to our new friends, Bill, Sandy, Kevin, Sarah, Jennifer and Alfred, and hope they have the opportunity to visit us again soon.

11.10.05: Thanks everyone!

A huge "thank you" from the museum to everyone who took part in World Mental Health Day on Monday and helped to make it such a great success.

28.09.05: World Mental Health Day

On the activities page, you can find details of activities and events as part of World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October. An afternoon of art, activities, poetry and drama at Watford Museum, featuring the work of local organisations, Thai massage demonstrations and performances, is included in the programme.

20.09.05: Ghostly goings on in the park!

Our popular ghost walks in Cassiobury Park return on Saturday 29th October. This year, they'll be led by the 'I Can't Believe We're Not Better' Theatre Company, guaranteeing some very spooky fun! Booking is essential, so make sure that you see the activities page for more details.

19.09.05: Make your own lantern

On Saturday 29th October, Watford Museum will be holding lantern workshops, ahead of the 'Sea of Light' parade at the Round Table's firework display in Cassiobury Park. Build lanterns of all shapes and sizes; all ages are welcome! For more information, including booking details, see the activities page.

16.09.05: Forthcoming Friends talks

A reminder that our programme of Friends of Watford Museum talks continues over the coming months. The next talk on Friday 23rd September is on the History of Cassiobury, by the museum's very own Sarah Priestley. The full programme can be seen on the activities page.

01.09.05: The Big Draw

On the activities page, you can find details of what's happening in Watford as part of the national Big Draw event in October.

At the museum, you can make your own postcard inspired by our collection on Saturday 22nd October; every design will be a contender to be selected as Watford Museum's newest postcard. Or you can do a large scale drawing in charcoal at Watford Grammar School for Girls on Friday 14th October. Come along and show off your artistic side!

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