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23.09.2009: The Big Fight

A leaflet containing information about the Big Fight performance in October 2009

I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company have written and produced a new performance to coincide with World Mental Health Day. 'The Big Fight' takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th October at the Pump House Theatre. For more information, click on the leaflet.

22.09.2009: Street naming

Watford Borough Council are currently revising the town's Street Naming Policy and would like the input of local people in choosing names for new roads. Watford Museum is working with key Council departments on this new policy and suggestions for street names.

New streets and roads are traditionally named by the developers. The council wishes to create a list of names with local significance that can be suggested to developers when the need arises. We are therefore looking for your help in suggesting possible street names with links to either local history, events or people of our town.

We would appreciate any suggestions or comments you would like to make. We like to invite you also to a consultation event at Watford Museum where there will be an opportunity to discuss new street naming policy and ideas for street names. This public meeting will take place on Saturday 17th October from 11am to 2pm. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like more details then please contact Watford Museum, or Justin Webber, Planner for Design & Conservation on 01923 278398 or justin.webber@watford.gov.uk.

21.09.2009: The return of the Haunted Museum

A leaflet containing information about the Haunted Museum event at Watford Museum in October 2009

With Halloween approaching Watford Museum and I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company are planning more nights of spooky fun for families! These events are very popular and sell out fast, so be sure to book early for a unique Halloween activity. For more information, click on the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about the French Market in Watford during September 2009

18.09.2009: French Market and Bandstand Marathon

On Sunday 27 September there will be a traditional French street market in the town, at the parade by the pond offering delicious tastes of France. Click on the leaflet for more information.

On the same day there is also the Bandstand Marathon outside Watford Central Library from 2pm. For more information visit www.bandstandmarathon.org.uk

A leaflet containing information about the Heritage Open Days in Watford during September 2009

09.09.2009: Heritage Open Days across Watford

Watford Museum and venues across the town have organised special events for the national Heritage Open Days 2009, from Thursday 10 until Sunday 13 September, giving participants a chance to discover hidden architectural treasures across the town.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Events and activities will take place on the four days at the museum, Holy Rood Catholic Church, St. Mary's Church, Bedford Almshouses, Watford Palace Theatre, Watford School of Music, West Herts College, Watford Central Library and Watford Town Hall Chambers.

For a full listing of venues, opening hours and special events, please see the leaflet. Please note some of the tours and activities need to be pre-booked.

Watford Borough Council has also arranged a special event in the town centre on Saturday 12 September between 12 and 5pm. An acting troupe dressed in period costume will recount historical tales and entertain audiences with stories about Watford through the ages.

For more information about Heritage Open Days across England, please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

03.09.2009: Space2 exhibitions

There's a wide variety of art on display in Watford this mont"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html" Space 2 gallery sees an exhibition of work by a selection of local artists as part of the Hertfordshire Open Studios event. The exhibition is part of a county-wide showcase of local artists and continues until 4th October 2009.

At the Space 2 gallery in Watford Town Hall an exhibition of Islamic Art is underway. Watford residents Sajjad Shah and Baber Suleman are exhibiting a selection of their works until Saturday 26 September.

02.09.2009: Watford's Got Talent!

The museum's summer workshops for children and young people have been a great success. Check out the results of the puppet animation workshop with Quirky Pictures:

Watford's Got Talent from Quirky Pictures on Vimeo.

A leaflet containing information about what's on in Watford during September 2009

25.08.2009: What's on in September

September will be busy in Watford, with month long celebration of sport and culture including Heritage Open Days weekend, Watford For You Sporting weekend, French Market and the Bandstand Marathon. For more information, click here.

24.08.2009: Workshop wonders

The museum's graffiti animation workshops with Quirky Pictures were a great success. The workshops gave young people the opportunity to try their hand at animation using graffiti and light graffiti techniques. View the results here:

Watford Graffiti from Quirky Pictures on Vimeo.

Animated Light Graffiti from Quirky Pictures on Vimeo.

A leaflet containing information about the Heritage Open Days in Watford during September 2009

21.08.2009: Heritage Open Days

Lots of local historical and cultural venues are getting involved in this year's Heritage Open Days. There will be special events going on throughout the country from 10th to 13th September, and in Watford Museum is coordinating bookings for many of the tours and events going on throughout the town. For more information, see the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about the Archaeology Open Day at Watford Museum on 12th September 2009

06.08.2009: Archaeology Open Day

Watford Museum is hosting a day's introduction to archaeology by the South West Herts Archaeological and Historical Association on Saturday 12th September. The event is free but places are limited. For more information, see the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about what's on in Watford during August 2009

31.07.2009: What's on in August

Wondering what to do during the summer holidays? There's lots going on around the town from children's workshops to nature trails. For more information, click on the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about Cassiobury Centenary celebrations on 1st August 2009

30.07.2009: Cassiobury Centenary celebrations

Don't miss the events planned to celebrate Cassiobury this Saturday, 1st August. At 11am there will be a talk on the History of Cassiobury at Watford Museum. Places are free but limited, and need to be booked in advance.

On Saturday afternoon, celebrations transfer to the park where there will be activities and fun for all ages. For more information, see the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about summer art workshops at Watford Museum in July/August 2009

20.07.2009: Summer art workshops

Our popular workshops return for the summer holidays with an exciting range of new art activities to try. As well as workshops for 8 to 12 years, we will also be hosting workshops aimed at young people between the ages of 12 and 16.

For more information, click on the leaflet or see the activities page.

09.07.2009: The History of Cassiobury

Centenary celebrations for Cassiobury Park continue with a foyer exhibition at the museum, History of Cassiobury. The exhibition includes images from the museum's extensive collection of photographs and prints, and will continue until 1st August 2009.

The museum's Heritage Officer, Sarah Priestley, will also be giving a talk on the history of Cassiobury on Saturday 1st August at 11am. The talk is free but places are limited and booking is essential.

09.07.2009: West Herts College inspires with new exhibition

A new "http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html" on show in Watford Museum's Space 2 gallery. 'Inspire' is the work of students at West Herts College and Dacorum Diploma in Creative and Media. The exhibition continues until 25th July.

A leaflet containing information about what's on in Watford during July 2009

08.07.2009: What's on in July

July is a busy month at the museum and across the town with lots going on. For more information, click on the leaflet.

08.06.2009: Fire Museum Open Day

The fire museum at Watford Fire Station will be opening the doors for an open day on Saturday 13th June 2009. From 1pm to 4pm, visitors will have an opportunity to see the wonderful collections including vintage fire engines. For more infor"http://fire.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"firemuseum/index.html">the Fire Museum page.

05.06.2009: Getting animated at Watford Museum!

Recent animation workshops at Watford Museum were a great success, with animators from Quirky Pictures helping participants to create their own puppets and short film. The brilliant results can be seen below....

A Family Day Out_ Watford Museum from Quirky Pictures on Vimeo.

The Pond Party_Watford Museum from Quirky Pictures on Vimeo.

A leaflet containing information about what's on in Watford during June 2009

01.06.2009: What's on in June

June will be a busy month in Watford with lots going on, especially the Watford LIVE! Festival that Watford Museum is proud to be part of. For more information, click on the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about Cassiobury Tales at Watford Museum

29.05.2009: Cassiobury Tales

Cassiobury Park's centenary celebrations continue with a new production by I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company. "Cassiobury Tales" is the company's unique interpretation of the history of Watford's much-loved park, and will be performed as part of the Watford LIVE! Festival at the museum on Friday 12th June.

Tickets cost £5 each and there will be performances at 6pm and 8pm, but places are limited so booking is essential! For more information, click on the leaflet.

Other events to celebrate the centenary have also been confirmed. For more information, visit the activities page.

A leaflet containing information about World Environment Day in May 2009

25.05.2009: World Environment Day

Get creative and environmental aware with fun activities happening on Tuesday 26th May at Watford Central Library and Friday 5th June at Charter Place. For more details, click on the leaflet.

22.05.2009: Cassiobury Centenary celebrations

2009 sees the centenary of the first purchase of land of a public park at Cassiobury. Watford Museum will be hosting events to celebrate including exhibitions and a talk on the history of Cassiobury. For more information, click on the activities page.

21.05.2009: Exhibition of flowers and landscapes

Four Abbots Langley artists have taken the theme of 'Flowers and Landscapes' for their upcoming exhibition at the Customer Service Centre. The exhibition by Kay Horsfield, Prue King, Betty Lambert and Pam Rawlins"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html" from 1st to 26th June 2009. For more information, visit the Space 2 page.

A leaflet containing information about half-term workshops at Watford Museum in May 2009

20.05.2009: Half-term workshops

Professional animators from Quirky Pictures will be leading two workshops at Watford Museum during half-term. "Claymation" on Thursday 28th May and "Silhouette Puppetry" on Friday 29th May will include the opportunity to not only create your own puppets but use them to create a short animation.

Workshops are suitable for children aged 8 to 12 and cost £6 per child. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Click on the leaflet for more details.

14.05.2009: Fire Museum Open Day

The Hertfordshire Fire Museum will open its doors for a special open day on Saturday 16th May 2009. From 1pm to 4pm, visitors will be able to view the museum's impressive collection of vehicles, equipment and memorabilia. The Fire Museum is based at the Watford Fire Station on Rickma"http://fire.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"information, visit the website.

13.05.2009: 50 Years of the Mini Car

The Friends of Watford Museum will be hosting a talk by Alec Bayford on the history of the iconic Mini. The talk will take place at the museum on Friday 15th May at 2pm and admission is £2 or free for Friends.

27.04.2009: North Watford's history on display

The North Watford History Group will be presenting an exhibition of the history of the area at North Watford Library on St Albans Road. "Changes Through Time" will be on display throughout May 2009, as one of the events in Local and Community History Month. There will also be a Reminiscence Morning on 23rd May at Leavesden Road Baptist Church.

For more information, visit North Watford History Group website at www.nwhg.org.uk.

24.04.2009: Watford Museum School of Drawing and Painting exhibition

The art group that meets weekly at the museum will be displaying some of their work from 7th May to 13th June 2009. Led by resident artist Martin Smith, the Watford Museum School of Drawing and Painting is a friendly group for beginners and impro"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"in drawing, painting and oil painting. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Space 2 page.

A leaflet containing information about World Fairtrade Day in May 2009

23.04.2009: World Fairtrade Day

Saturday 9th May is World Fairtrade Day and Watford will be celebrating with workshops and drumming performances on this year's theme, "Big Bang!". For more information, click on the leaflet.

A leaflet containing information about Watford Museum's High Street Trails

22.04.2009: High Street Trails

The museum's popular heritage walk returns this summer, with the opportunity to discover some of the history and stories around our town centre. For more information, see the leaflet.

21.04.2009: Namita Jain exhibition at the Town Hall

An exhibition of paintings by Namita Jain "http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"at the Customer Service Centre at Watford's Town Hall from 27th April to 29th May. For more information, see the Space2 website.

20.04.2009: Museum friends launch Lepëshka pancakes

Russian friends who met at Watford Museum's School of Drawing and Painting have opened a pancake stall in Watford Market. Lepëshka specialises in delicious savoury and sweet pancakes and is open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00am to 6.00pm in Watford Market, Charter Place.

16.04.2009: Watford legends back in town

A team of Watford FC Legends, led by Nigel Gibbs, will be back in town on April 19th to take on a team from the Watford Internet Football club at the Met Police Sports Club in Bushey.

The game is being played in aid of DebRa, a charity close to the hearts of the WIFC squad, which provides specialist nursing, counselling, welfare and respite to sufferers of a condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa. DebRa also funds extensive medical research into the condition, which affects the children of one of WIFC's founding players. EB is a genetic condition which causes the skin to break at the slightest touch, causing painful, open blisters and wounds. EB can mean a life of extreme pain, disability and, at its worst it is fatal in infancy.

The match is open to all, and there will be a number of fund-raising activities taking place during the day, with the fixture itself kicking off at three o'clock. Players already confirmed for Gibbsy's squad include Watford 's all-time leading goalscorer Luther Blissett, double promotion winner Steve Palmer, all-action midfield star Andy Hessenthaler and former player of the season Marcus Gayle. The team also features BBC Three Counties co-commentator and FA Cup Finalist Neil Price, and his team-mate from that magical day at Wembley in 1984, Steve Terry. The team of legends also has the full support of Graham Taylor, who has already given Gibbsy a huge vote of support on the charity event's web-page, which can be found on-line at http://www.justgiving.com/wifc.

For more information about Watford Internet Football Club, a team of Watford fans who play in a National Supporters league, can be found at www.watfordifc.com

15.04.2009: Aspects of Cassiobury Park

To mark the 100th anniversary of Cassiobury Park, Watford Area Arts Forum invite you to take part in a friendly art competition as part of the Watford Live! festival in June. An exhibition of work from the competition will be staged in the foyer of the museum during the festival from Saturday 6th June to Saturday 20th June. For more information, please read the competition rules and entry forms.

14.04.2009: Colourful talk for artists

Martin Smith, resident artist and speaker at the museum, will be giving a lecture for artists on Saturday 18th April. "Limiting and Expanding Your Palette" will give beginners and improvers a chance to learn more about the often confusing subject of pigments. The talk starts at 11am and admission of £5 includes coffee. Booking is essential.

13.04.2009: Fire Museum opens its doors

The Fire Museum at Watford Fire Station will welcome visitors for an open day on Saturda"http://fire.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"o 4pm. For more information, visit the Fire Museum webpage.

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08.04.2009: Wild About Watford

With spring in the air, it's a perfect time to get 'Wild About Watford' with events in our green spaces across the town. Click on the leaflet for more details.

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07.04.2009: A celebration of Oxhey Park

Watford Museum will be hosting an exhibition as park of a celebration of Oxhey Park. 'Park Art' will include exhibitions in May at the museum and West Herts College, plus talks at venues near the park. For more information click on the leaflet, or call Patsy Geraghty on 01923 248174.

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06.04.2009: Cassiobury Park Centenary celebrations begin

An oak tree will be unveiled in Cassiobury Park, near to Cafe Cha Cha Cha, to commemorate the centenary of the first purchase of land by the council for Cassiobury Park. Everyone is welcome to attend the event on Wednesday 8th April at 11am. For more information, click on the invitation.

A leaflet containing information about the Windrush Exhibition at Watford Museum during April 2009: click to enlarge (PDF file, 470Kb)

03.04.2009: Windrush exhibition

Watford African Caribbean Association present an exhibition at Watford Museum. Windrush: recollections and accounts of the Windrush will be on display until 2nd May 2009. For more information, see the leaflet.

02.04.2009: Party Animals arrive at Space 2

An exhibition by Mar"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"ened at the Customer Service Centre at Watford Town Hall: "Party Animals" will be on display until 24th April. For more information, see the Space 2 site.

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01.04.2009: What's on in April

There's lots going on in Watford in April, including events at Watford Museum and at the Fire Museum. For more information, click on the leaflet.

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31.03.2009: Easter workshops at Watford Museum

This Easter's workshops have been inspired by Bollywood movies, with workshops for 8 to 12 years including decorating Bollywood bags, creating Bollywood-style posters and be a budding Bollywood director. Workshops cost £6 each and must be booked in advance. For more details, click on the leaflet or see the activities page.

30.03.2009: Need somewhere to sell your Arts and Crafts?

West Watford Community Centre is having a table top sale on Saturday 18th April. If you are interested, please pre-book your place before that date at £4 a table. The sale will take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm, admission to the public is free and refreshments will be on sale. For more information, ring the centre on 01923 235488.

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11.03.2009: Art appreciation lectures

With our current series of art appreciation lectures proving very popular, Martin Smith, Watford Museum's artist in residence, has confirmed a new series of talks for the autumn and winter. For more information, see the activities page.

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05.03.2009: What's on in March

It's another busy month with lots going on in Watford. Click on the leaflet for more details.

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03.03.2009: Golden Days of Bollywood

Watford Museum in partnership with West Herts College and FDMX will be hosting a talk on the 'Golden Days of Bollywood'. The talk, at 2pm on Friday 27th March, will be given by Mita Lad of the University of Hertfordshire.

Admission is free but places are limited and booking is essential! For more details, see the leaflet.

17.02.2009: Auction of Breweriana

The Watford and District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will be hosting an auction of Breweriana including advertising signs, ash trays, commemorative bottles, brewery mirrors and trays, and many other interesting items.

The auction will take place on Thursday 26th February 2009 in the Function Room, West Herts Sports Club, 8 Park Avenue, Watford, WD18 7HP. Doors open at 7.30pm and the auction starts at 8pm. Further details are available at 01923 211654 (answerphone) or baustin@supanet.com.

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11.02.2009: Half term fun

Have fun and recycle with our stellar half term activities! Go accessory mad or be your own rocket commander, with workshops for 8 to 12 year olds. Places cost £6 each and are limited, so booking is essential. For more information, click on the leaflet or see the activities page.

29.01.2009: Friends of Watford Museum talk

The Friends of Watford Museum are hosting a talk on local people's recollections of the Second World War. Dr Eleanor Clarke's talk starts at 2.00pm on Thursday 12th February 2009 and admission is £2 or free for Friends of Watford Museum.

A leaflet containing information about LGBT History Month at Watford Museum in February 2009: click to enlarge (PDF file, 190Kb)

28.01.2009: LBGT History Month

Watford Museum and Guideposts Trust will be celebrating Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans History Month with activities about this often hidden history.

Tony Fenwick, co-chair of LGBT History Month, will be giving a talk at 2.30pm on Friday 13th February 2009. The talk is free and open to all. There will also be a small display on LGBT History Month at the museum throughout February.

If you are interested in more details, or have a story you would like to share, please contact info@watfordmuseum.org.uk

12.01.2009: Fine art on display

A selection of work from the museum's fine art collection is now on display in the Space 2 gallery. 'The Burr Bequest' is a collection of over forty pictures that were left to the town by Edward Thomas Burr. Many of th"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"om the 17th and 18th Century, including Northern European landscape scenes.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 14th February 2009. For more information, visit the Space 2 page.

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09.01.2009: What's on in Watford

There's lots of events going on in Watford to kick off 2009! For more information, see the leaflet.

19.12.2008: Season's Greetings!

Watford Museum will close after Saturday 20th December 2008 and reopen on Thursday 8th January 2009. The team at Watford Museum would like to wish everyone a happy festive season and New Year!

04.12.2008: Birthday Celebration at Watford Central Library

Photo of Watford Central Library in 1930
The library will have been open for eighty years in the present building on Friday 12th December 2008. To celebrate, there will be a day of free activities including an exhibition of photographs and library memorabilia, add your memories to their memory wall, sign the visitors book, choose a popular book of 1928 to read, or just come and find out what a great place the library is today!

Also on the day, there will be a talk on Watford Library local studies and family history resources at 10.30am. If you are researching your family history, why not come to a drop in session on Ancestry.com at 2pm and learn about free access to Ancestry.com on the library computers. There's no need to book for either event.

For more information, contact Watford Central Library at www.hertsdirect.org/libraries or call 01923 471333.

03.12.2008: Guideposts Trust art exhibition

Photo of Alfie Smith and Peter Wesson at the exhibition at Watford Museum in December 2008
An exhibition of art by Alfie Smith and Peter Wesson is now on display at the museum. Alfie met Peter, a volunteer and previous service user, at Henry Smith House in Watford; this is the regional base for Guideposts Trust.

Guideposts is a charity which provides direct services and support for people with dementia, Alzheimers, learning disabilities, or who have or may be recovering from mental health problems.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 20th December 2008.

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25.11.2008: What's on in Watford

There's lots of events going on in Watford, including lots of festive activities! For more information, see the leaflet.

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24.11.2008: Christmas lights, bells and carols

St Mary's Church will be hosting this year's Christmas Tree lights switch on and Carol Concert on Thursday 27th November. Organised with Watford Borough Council and Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy, the event starts at 5.30pm with the bellringers of St Mary's and the switching on of the lights in St Mary's Square. For more information, click on the leaflet.

18.11.2008: Christmas is coming!

Get in the Christmas mood by watching the Christmas Tree lights be switched on in the town centre on Thursday 27th November. The event starts at 6pm and there will be carols, reading and choir singing, followed by refreshments in St Mary's Church. For more information, email leisureandcommunity@watford.gov.uk.

You can also get on with your Christmas shopping and support local charities at the same time by using the Christmas Charity Car Park at West Herts College Campus on Hempstead Road. The car park will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 22nd November to 21st December, with a suggested donation of £2.50 for all day parking. Proceeds from the car park will go to wonderful local charities: Shopmobility Watford, Herts Mind Network, Watford RSPB Group, Guideposts Trust and Viewpoint.

17.11.2008: Friends of Watford Museum talk

The Friends of Watford Museum are hosting a talk on the subject of the history of Burston's Garden Centre by Paula Johnson. The talk starts at 2.00pm on Thursday 20th November 2008 and admission is £2 or free for Friends of Watford Museum.

13.11.2008: A warm welcome!

The staff at Watford Museum are pleased to provide a warm welcome to all visitors, including a trained communicator in Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Swahili and Urdu.

12.11.2008: Families flock to the Haunted Museum!

Photo from the Haunted Museum Halloween event at Watford Musem, October 2008
Watford Museum's Halloween events were a sell-out success, with I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company providing thrills and chills as they retold stories and legends from Watford's murky past.

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11.11.2008: A milestone at Watford Palace Theatre

Watford Palace Theatre have been working on the Milestones project for a year, running workshops and arts activities across Watford town, and we have finally reached the last stage � a show created and performed by the Watford Community with 70 members of cast between the ages of 12 and 78. They would love as many people as possibly to come along to see the show!

There are three performances: at 8.00pm on Friday 14th November and 3.00pm and 8.00pm on Saturday 15th November. Tickets are £5 from the Palace Theatre Box Office on 01923 225671.

11.11.2008: Watford goes Rangoli for The Big Draw

This year's Big Draw events in Watford resulted in the town's biggest Big Draw yet!

Photo from the Big Draw at Watford's Harlequin Shopping Centre, October 2008
Photo from the Big Draw at Watford's Harlequin Shopping Centre, October 2008
Workshops which took place at Watford Central Library, Watford Museum and the Harlequin throughout October, and the final display was showcased in the Harlequin last week. Over 180 individual shaped Rangoli pieces were produced by people of all ages for the large scale mural, which utilised recycled fabrics, wallpapers and other materials all sourced from the Watford Recycling Arts Project (WRAP).

The mural design was produced by local artist Roger Katterhorn. Assisting Roger on the project was Victoria Ralph and staff from Watford Museum. There were also Big Draw events held at West Herts College and Watford Grammar School for Girls and upcoming activities on the Rangoli theme are planned at DRUM.

Look out for a gallery of Big Draw images on this website soon!

10.11.2008: Art collection catalogued

The oil paintings in Watford Museum's outstanding collection of fine art feature in a new catalogue by the Public Catalogue Foundation.

For the first time, all the publicly-owned oil paintings in Hertfordshire have been brought together in one volume, drawn from over 40 collections across the county including museums, art galleries, council buildings, educational establishments and public libraries, the paintings in this catalogue provide a fascinating insight into the cultural heritage of the county.

Oil paintings in the museum's collection can also be viewed on line at www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/fineart.

07.11.2008: Palace Theatre remembers

The centenary of Watford Palace Theatre is being celebrated in an exhibition that opens on 7th November 2008. 'Palace Theatre Remembers' will go on display at Watford Museum along with the Palace Theatre, the Customer Service Centre at Watford Town Hall and Watford Central Lib"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"e exhibition is the culmination of a large project by the theatre to collect memories of theatre-goers, which have provided inspiration for local artist Victoria Ralph. For more details, visit the Space 2 page.

06.11.2008: Discover paintings of America

Watford Museum's resident artist Martin Smith will be giving a fascinating talk on the subject of American painting, exploring influences on American art as well as appreciating the distinct American style.

The lecture will take place at Watford Museum at 11.00am on Saturday 8th November and tickets cost £5 each. Places are limited for these popular talks, so booking in advance is advisable. Call the museum on 01923 232297 or email info@watfordmuseum.org.uk.

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05.11.2008: What's on in Watford

It might be getting chilly, but there's no excuse to stay in when there's so much going on in Watford this month. From Cassiobury Park's Fireworks Display to Watford Palace Theatre's centenary celebrations, there's events for all ages and interests. For more information, see the leaflet.

24.10.2008: Local landmark gains Grade II listing

The gravestone in St Mary's Churchyard of former slave George Doney has been given Grade II listed status by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge. George Doney was born in Gambia around 1758. Sold into slavery he taken to West Virginia before coming to England where his was employed as servant at Cassiobury House.

His story and grave had been generally forgotten until Watford Museum's Watford Junction project started to explore his incredible tale. The gravestone is now a protected monument and you can read more about George Doney and other former slaves who came to Watford at the Watford Junction website.

23.10.2008: Website charts Watford's historical kits

Watford Museum has been assisting a website that is collecting information on Watford kits from the past. Extensive research of the football kits of Watford Football Club back to the 1890s was assisted by images in the museum's photographic archives going back to the 1890s. You can view the results at: www.historicalkits.co.uk.

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22.10.2008: Join us for Watford's biggest Big Draw yet!

Watford Museum is hosting a free event on Saturday 25th October as part of Watford's Big Draw 2008. Part of the national event to get people across the country into art, Watford's Big Draw is taking a 'rangoli' theme, creating amazing patterns of art out of recycled materials.

The event at the museum is suitable for all, but children must be accompanied by an adult and booking in advance is advisable.

For more information on Watford Big Draw events, visit the activities page.

A leaflet containing information about the half-term workshops at Watford Museum in October 2008: click to enlarge (PDF file, 280Kb)

October Half Term Workshops will also have a 'rangoli' theme, with children having the opportunity to design and make their own welcome mat and fabric tiles.

Workshops are suitable for 8 to 12 year olds and will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st October. Workshops cost £5 per person or £3 with a Everyone Active card, and booking is essential.

Again, see the activities page for more information.

A leaflet containing information about what's on in Watford during October 2008: click to enlarge (PDF file, 1.33Mb)

10.10.2008: What's on in Watford

There's lots going on in and around Watford's town centre this month. For more information on all of the events, download the leaflet.

01.10.2008: Quaker Tapestry

An exhibition of reproductions from the world-renowned Quaker Tapestry will be on display in Watford as part of National Quaker Week. The exhibition at 150 Church Road, Watford will be on display from Monday 6th October to Sunday 12th October. For more information, visit the website.

A leaflet containing information about the Haunted Museum event at Watford Museum: click to enlarge (PDF file, 940Kb)

26.09.2008: The Haunted Museum

Hosted by Watford Museum and I Can't Believe We're Not Better Theatre Company, this Halloween event will take families on a spooky journey through Watford's murky past.

We don't want to spoil any surprises, but there will be ghostly goings on all over the museum, with characters popping up all over the place to share their gruesome tales!

Booking for this event is essential; click on the leaflet or email us for more information.

Leaflet containing information about tracing your ancestors at Watford Central Library: click to enlarge (PDF file, 40Kb)

17.09.2008: Meet your ancestors at Watford Central Library!

Learn how to trace your ancestors with this course for beginners at Watford Central Library. The four week course starts on Wednesday 8th October, from 10am to 12noon and costs £25.

For booking and more information, please call the library on 01923 471333.

16.09.2008: Open Day at the Fire Museum

The Fire Museum at Watford Fire Station will open its doors on Saturday 20th September between 1pm and 4pm for the final Open Day of 2008. For more information, visit their website.

15.09.2008: Friends get a scoop

Michael Pickard, news reporter for the Watford Observer, will be giving a talk for the Friends of Watford Museum on Friday 19 September at 2.00pm. As with all of our Friends of Watford Museum talks, entry to "The Life of a News Reporter" is free for Friends of Watford Museum or £2 for members of the public. Telephone 01923 232297 for more information.

12.09.2008: Palace Theatre Heritage Open Day

The Palace Theatre will be opening its doors on Sunday 14th September 2008 between 10.00am and 4.00pm for an open day as part of the Theatre�s Centenary celebrations. Visit www.watfordtheatre.co.uk for more information.

The Theatre is also collecting memories and information for an exhibition later in the year at the Palace Theatre, Watford Museum and Watford Central Library. Click here to download a leaflet with further information.

You're also invited to the Palace to share your memories of the theatre over a free cup of tea and a slice of cake on Wednesday 17th September at 1.30pm. For more information on this special Tea Party, download the leaflet.

11.09.2008: Open House Weekend events

Watford Museum is proud to be supporting the English Heritage Open House Weekend. On Saturday 13th September at 11.00am, a North Watford Heritage Trail will be starting at the Railway Bridge on St Albans Road.

For more information on this free walking trail, email seanjinks@hotmail.com.

09.09.2008: Open Studios at Space 2

Watford Mus"http://space2.watfordmuseum.org.uk/index.html"ry is hosting an exhibition for local artists participating in Herts Open Studios; running until 4th October 2008, work is also on display at the Customer Services Centre in Watford Town Hall. For more information, visit the Space 2 page.

Leaflet containing information about the Italian Market in Watford Town Centre on 21st September 2008: click to enlarge (PDF file, 1.8Mb)

02.09.2008: A taste of Italy

Visitors to Watford Town Centre on Sunday 21st September will be able to enjoy a taste of Italy with a traditional Italian Market in the High Street between 9.30am and 5.00pm.

For more information, download the leaflet.

Leaflet containing information about events in Watford Town Centre during September 2008: click to enlarge (PDF file, 1.3Mb)

01.09.2008: What's on in Watford

September is set to be a busy month in Watford, with lots happening in and around the town centre.

For more information, click on the leaflet.

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