Week Beginning 26th July

Chelmsford Museum

There are so many great things to do in local museums this summer, here’s a list of whats happening over the next week so that you don’t miss out!

  • Sunday 26th July

Welwyn Roman Baths are “Potty About Pre-History” and Mill Green Museum has a Handmade Jewellery demonstration.

  • Monday 27th July

Barleylands in Essex launch their Art Attack themed week on Monday 27th and it runs through to Friday 31st. Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire are holding the first of two Glamourous Georgians days.

  • Tuesday 28th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Gardening workshop, Shuttleworth have their second Glamourous Georgians day and at the Higgins you can create your own indenti-brick. At Colchester Castle you can visit the “Astrodome” and learn about the solar system. Mill Green Museum have the first of three “Under the Sea” theme days – today you can design and make your very own crafty fish. Verulamium Museum in St Albans has Roman Mask Making.

  • Wednesday 29th July

Braintree Museum are holding an Egyptian Headdresses workshop and the British Schools Museum have a Paper Play Session. Chelmsford Museum are celebrating all-things sea-side and Essex Police Museum have a Police Officer Peg-Doll workshop. The Higgins are having a second “Create your own indenti-brick” and at Hollytrees Museum you can make your own “Face Book”. Hylands House has a Scrapbook Safari workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene. Royston Museum are doing Animal Art and at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make “Amazing Mosaic Picture Frames”.

  • Thursday 30th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Puppets workshop and Colchester Natural History Museum is being visited by some living snakes. Lowewood Museum has a print-making workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a clay model of your favourite sea creature. There’s also a second opportunity to make a Roman mask at Verulamium Museum

  • Friday 31st July

Braintree Museum are holding a Kings and Queens workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a Toddler Music and Dance session.

  • Saturday 1st August

Braintree Museum are holding a WW2 workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a one-day exhibition about the High Street by their Youth Members.

  • Sunday 2nd August

Pop along to the British School Museum to see what lessons were like in Victorian classrooms, Hylands House are hosting a performance of Robin Hood and Mill Green Museum has a demonstration of natural decorative arts.

Family Fun at Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

We have an exciting programme of activities for the summer holidays planned, which have been designed with children and families in mind:

Royston Stone Age Day

  • Stone Age Fun Day Saturday 18th July, 10.30am-3.30pm

Step back in time and make your own coil and thumb clay pots as our prehistoric ancestors would have.  Create your own cave painting.  Part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology.

Free Admission, £2 per child for craft activities.  Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.

  • Crafty Wednesday: Animal Art, Wednesday 29nd July, 10.30-12 noon        

Animal themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child.


  • Toddler Music and Dance, Friday 31st July, 10.30am -11.30am

Carrie Washington from Dance Digital leads a toddler music and dance workshop themed around the collections.

Free Admission, but spaces limited so please book with the Museum in advance.

  • High Street Exhibition (1-day exhibition): Youth Members, Saturday 1st August, 10.30am-4pm

Craft activities at Royston MuseumPut together by the museum’s Youth Members, this one-day exhibition will look at what shops used to be on the High Street and how it has changed over the years.  Old photos, collection items and more will be available to look at.

Free Admission.

  • Kite Festival @Royston Heath Sunday 2nd August, 10.30am-4.30pm

Come and visit us at our Friends of the Museum stall at the Kite Festival and have a go at the treasure hunt game and lucky dip.  Stunt Kite demonstrations on the Heath and lots more activities.  For more information go to www.roystonkitefestival.com

  • Crafty Wednesday: Collage and Printing, Wednesday 5th August, 10.30am-12.30noon  

Create collages and use a range of printing techniques.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child


  • Crafty Wednesday: Pirates, Wednesday 12th August, 10.30am-12noon

Pirate themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

  • The Vikings are Coming! Saturday 15th August 10.30am-3.30pm

Royston MuseumViking re-enactor group and Viking themed hands-on activities and crafts to take part in.  Grind flour using the rotary quern, make a Viking longboat model, write your name in runes and produce your own Viking style brooch to take home.

Admission Free, £2 for craft activities.  Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.

  • Crafty Wednesday: Dinosaurs, Wednesday 19th August, 10.30-12.30 noon

Dinosaur themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

  • Crafty Wednesday: Painting, Wednesday 26th August, 10.30-12.30noon

Splat the paint and get artistic with our paints and assorted craft materials.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

Royston Museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm

Royston MuseumThe Museum is located on 5 Lower King Street in Royston.  The Museum is a 5-10 minute walk from both Royston Town Centre and Royston Train Station.  By car it can easily be accessed from the A505 or A10.  The nearest car park to the museum is on Princes Mews, with further car parks at the Town Hall (King James Way) and the Warren.

Telephone: 01763 242587

Website: www.roystonmuseum.org.uk

Twitter: @roystonmuseum

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Summer activities at the British Schools Museum, Hitchin

Victorians at the British Schools Museum

There is lots to see and do at the British Schools Museum this summer. In addition to our historic classrooms, late Victorian style Headmaster’s house, sampler collection and permanent exhibitions we have two new exhibitions, children’s discovery days and the chance to experience a Victorian lesson in the Gallery classroom.

  • Victorian lessons: First Sunday of the month 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Booking recommended.
  • Family Fun: Third Saturday of the month except August. Drop in during regular opening hours (10am – 1pm). 18th July 2015 – Toys and Games. 19th September 2015 – Teach your parents.
  • 100 years of Ladybird: 21st July – 24th November 2015.

We will be celebrating 100 years of Ladybird books with an exhibition about these colourful classics. With over 200 Ladybird books in the museum’s collection you can explore a range of titles including Bunnikin’s Picnic Party, What to Look for in Summer, and the iconic Key Words Reading Scheme.

  • Doctor Who at the Museum: 15th – 23rd August 2015

The Doctor and a DalekOur visitors are used to travelling back in time but, this year, time travel will know no bounds as Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and more take over the Museum for a week. Special opening times and admission prices apply.

Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm (Last entry 1.30pm), Sundays 2pm to 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Entrance is just £2 for all ages that means toddlers, teens, parents and grandparents. Please note that the rest of the Museum will not be open during this exhibition and there is no parking available on site.


  • Children’s Discovery Days 2015

Family activities at the British Schools MuseumWe will be open every Wednesday during the school holidays except the 19th August for Children’s Discovery Days. Drop in between 11am and 3pm with last admission 2pm.

– Wednesday 22nd July – Ladybird Larks (100 years of Ladybird books)

– Wednesday 29th July – Paper Play

– Wednesday 5th August – Educating Teddy

– Wednesday 12th August – Crafty Capers

There is no Children’s Discovery Day on Wednesday 19th August but why not Visit our Dr Who exhibition?

– Wednesday 26th August – Be Creative with Science

Cost is £3.50 for children aged 4 and above. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, but adult admission is free. Children’s Discovery Days take place in the Monitorial Schoolroom. Please note the museum is only open for the children’s activities on these days, not for regular museum visits.

The British Schools Museum is open Tuesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm except during the Dr Who exhibition. Please see website for additional information and entry process.


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Family Events at Lowewood Museum this summer

Lowewood Museum runs a fantastic programme of events and activities. Along with great exhibition and education programmes, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.

Lowewood Museum

Summer Events in 2015

Family Fun
Thursdays during school holidays
12noon – 3pm
£1 per child
Join us for fun family crafts – no need to book just drop in during the times stated.


Over the summer you can create your own mini version of Lowewood Museum. Each week you will complete one side of the museum and on the other side get creative making your own artwork inspired by different artists connected to the local area.

You can also sign up to take part in Discover Arts Award over the summer holidays. The pack costs a £10 one off fee per child.

23 July –  Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge Paintings

30 July – Print making inspired by Spradbery

6 August – Weaving with William Morris

13 August – Sculpture with Henry Moore

20 August – Animal Sketches with James Ward

27 August – Art in clay with Androulla Theochari

Along with the craft activities there are lots of trails and the Museum’s explorer kits to use on your visit.

Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 August
11am – 4pm

Lowewood Museum family fun day

Join us at the Museum for a day of family fun including puppet shows, willow weaving and more. No need to book just drop in.

Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.


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Hertfordshire Museums

Hertfordshire has a fantastic range of museums and seven of them are included in this year’s Museum Explorer Passport. From Roman history to a working mill the Hertfordshire museums have so much to see and do this summer.

Here is a little bit more about the Hertfordshire Museums:

British Schools MuseumThere is literally no other museum like the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. The 1837 Monitorial Schoolroom is the only one of its kind left in the world! Then there are our 3 other historic classrooms, the Headmaster’s House and wonderful displays and exhibitions based upon the extraordinary collection of 47,000 objects!


Lowewood MuseumLowewood Museum is housed in a beautiful Georgian building with many galleries to explore and a garden space to enjoy picnics and some of our outdoor activities. Some of our collection highlights and popular exhibits include the impressive Bengal Tiger formally on display at Cedars Park, The Four Swans from Waltham Cross, and a fine collection of James Ward paintings. Visit the museum and put on your explorer hat as you follow trails around the museum.

mill-green-2This eighteenth century working watermill and museum is set in an attractive riverside setting. Explore higgledy piggledy rooms packed with colourful displays of local art and exhibitions. The Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service is based here and holds the social history collection for the district.



Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery sits at the heart of the Royston community and celebrates the wonderful stories of the town and its people. Housed in the impressive old Congregational Church schoolroom the displays depict the town’s long history.


St Albans Museum Service


The St Albans Museums Service is responsible for two museums and three heritage sites. Verulamium Museum is built on the site of one of the largest Roman settlements in Britain and is a fantastic place to find out about everyday Roman life.  The Museum of St Albans tells the story of St Albans since the Romans left Britain.




Telling the story of Watford past and present, Watford Museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery Mansion. The museum has displays of local history and industry including Watford Football Club memorabilia, Cassiobury heritage and fine art.


Welwyn Roman BathsApproximately 1800 years ago, a family of rich Romans had a villa on this site. They may have gone, but their impressive bath house remains.  A scheduled ancient monument, the layout of the cold, warm and hot rooms remain, along with much of the plumbing . Also on display are archaeological finds from the area and an exhibition about the villa.