Havering Museum

Havering Museum The Museum defines what makes Havering Havering, celebrating the achievements of local people past and present. Havering Museum is an independent museum based in Romford which tells the history of the London Borough of Havering.

The museum was developed following active campaigning by local people. In 2008 the development of the former Romford Brewery Sports and Social Club took place following the award of a Heritage Lottery Grant. Since the official opening on 26 May 2010, the museum has attracted visitors of all ages and from diverse backgrounds to its activities and events.

Operating as usual

26/10/2021

Tomorrow the Museum is hosting A Pop Up Cafe organised by Havering Borough to promote greener living. If you are interested in learning more about simple things you can do - please pop along. Admission is FREE, Refreshments are FREE. So what have you got to loose. ALL WELCOME. Runs between 1:00 - 2:30pm.

On Saturday 16th October the Museum will be closed due to staffing issues.  Our phone line and doors will reopen on Wedn...
14/10/2021

On Saturday 16th October the Museum will be closed due to staffing issues. Our phone line and doors will reopen on Wednesday 20th October.

On Saturday 16th October the Museum will be closed due to staffing issues. Our phone line and doors will reopen on Wednesday 20th October.

Thanks to our great volunteers we are finally open between Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 16:00pm (last entry).  While ...
07/10/2021

Thanks to our great volunteers we are finally open between Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 16:00pm (last entry). While you are here pleasse take a look at our temporary exhibitions. Our Photography Group are hosting their annual exhibition in the Temporary Exhibition Space and there is also a mini exhibition celebrating our local Rotary Club.

Thanks to our great volunteers we are finally open between Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 16:00pm (last entry). While you are here pleasse take a look at our temporary exhibitions. Our Photography Group are hosting their annual exhibition in the Temporary Exhibition Space and there is also a mini exhibition celebrating our local Rotary Club.

Tomorrow our Friday Reminiscence Group will be discussing Superheroes!  Do you have a favourite?  Maybe they are not a c...
07/10/2021

Tomorrow our Friday Reminiscence Group will be discussing Superheroes! Do you have a favourite? Maybe they are not a caped crusader? Admission £3.00 (inc light refreshments). 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Tomorrow our Friday Reminiscence Group will be discussing Superheroes! Do you have a favourite? Maybe they are not a caped crusader? Admission £3.00 (inc light refreshments). 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Don't forget our Art Appreciation Workshop returns this Wednesday, 1st of September, starting with Monet: Influences & W...
26/08/2021

Don't forget our Art Appreciation Workshop returns this Wednesday, 1st of September, starting with Monet: Influences & Work. 1:30 - 3:30. Tickets £5.00 pp, includes materials and light refreshments.

Our monthly Art Appreciation Workshop will return on Wednesday 1st September starting with Monet: Influsences & Works.  ...
11/08/2021

Our monthly Art Appreciation Workshop will return on Wednesday 1st September starting with Monet: Influsences & Works. Tickets £5 pp (inc light refreshments). Advanced booking required. Places will be limited to the first 20. Those who paid in advance for sessions cancelled in 2020 can transfer their ticket to any of our future sessions.

Wednesday 1st September, Art Appreciation Workshop, Monet: Influences & Work. This informal workshop will explore what influenced Monet's development as an artist and look at some of his well known and lesser known works. Image: Pierre August Renoir, ' Portrait of Claude Monet', 1869.

GREAT NEWS - Our Events Programme will resume on Friday 20th August!!!  The Reminiscence Group will kick off our regular...
11/08/2021

GREAT NEWS - Our Events Programme will resume on Friday 20th August!!! The Reminiscence Group will kick off our regular events with a session on the National Trust. Note for the moment advanced booking is required and limited to 20 places.

GREAT NEWS - Our Events Programme will resume on Friday 20th August!!! The Reminiscence Group will kick off our regular events with a session on the National Trust. Note for the moment advanced booking is required and limited to 20 places.

Watch this space - our regular events are about to return.  We have implemented our Covid risk assessement and had our v...
09/08/2021

Watch this space - our regular events are about to return. We have implemented our Covid risk assessement and had our ventilation checked by independent engineers. So it will not be long now before we can welcome back our regulars and new faces too!!!

Watch this space - our regular events are about to return. We have implemented our Covid risk assessement and had our ventilation checked by independent engineers. So it will not be long now before we can welcome back our regulars and new faces too!!!

It has just been confirmed that The 'Thames Maritime Artists' have postponed their exhibition scheduled to start next mo...
27/07/2021

It has just been confirmed that The 'Thames Maritime Artists' have postponed their exhibition scheduled to start next month. They felt that given the fluidity of the Covid situation and the number of days the museum will be open it was best to plan for a date next year.

It has just been confirmed that The 'Thames Maritime Artists' have postponed their exhibition scheduled to start next month. They felt that given the fluidity of the Covid situation and the number of days the museum will be open it was best to plan for a date next year.

We have a lovely mini temporary exhibition in Gallery 1 put together by our wonderful Exhibitions Team Leader.  Make sur...
26/07/2021

We have a lovely mini temporary exhibition in Gallery 1 put together by our wonderful Exhibitions Team Leader. Make sure you take the time to check it out when you visit us!

Tomorrow Havering Museum finally reopens for the summer.  To start with we will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays for ac...
22/07/2021

Tomorrow Havering Museum finally reopens for the summer. To start with we will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays for access to the shop, in person bookings and the galleries. Although mask wearing and test and trace are no longer mandatory, the Museum has covid secure working practices in place which will be subject to review. We promise this will not inhibit your enjoyment of a visit to us!

Tomorrow Havering Museum finally reopens for the summer. To start with we will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays for access to the shop, in person bookings and the galleries. Although mask wearing and test and trace are no longer mandatory, the Museum has covid secure working practices in place which will be subject to review. We promise this will not inhibit your enjoyment of a visit to us!

Havering Museum today celebrates the NHS's 73rd Birthday.  It may be far from perfect but almost everyone of us has caus...
05/07/2021

Havering Museum today celebrates the NHS's 73rd Birthday. It may be far from perfect but almost everyone of us has cause to be thankful to it. In 2019 The Havering Museum reflected on Britain's most enduring postwar institution

Owing to a change in circustances our Walk With The Sugar Girls Heritage Walk date has been changed to TUESDAY 10th Augu...
05/07/2021

Owing to a change in circustances our Walk With The Sugar Girls Heritage Walk date has been changed to TUESDAY 10th August. Once attendees book their place an information sheet will be sent with the meeting point.

Owing to a change in circustances our Walk With The Sugar Girls Heritage Walk date has been changed to TUESDAY 10th August. Once attendees book their place an information sheet will be sent with the meeting point.

Over the summer the Museum will be hosting a number of heritage walks locally.  They include Gidea Park Garden Suburb, W...
14/06/2021

Over the summer the Museum will be hosting a number of heritage walks locally. They include Gidea Park Garden Suburb, WW1 Hornchurch and In The Footsteps of Heroes. A further talk, The Sugar Girls will venture further afield to Silvertown. Places on the walk will be £5.00 pp. Times tbc shortly.

Front of House volunteer opportunities for local people & summer placements for students.  Email volunteermanager@haveri...
10/06/2021

Front of House volunteer opportunities for local people & summer placements for students. Email [email protected]

Front of House volunteer opportunities for local people & summer placements for students. Email [email protected]

ONCE again the Museum has reached a milestone in its history and due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been unable to cel...
26/05/2021

ONCE again the Museum has reached a milestone in its history and due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been unable to celebrate it together.
The 26th May 2021 was our 11th Birthday and sadly the occasion passed us by. Hopefully, we can arrange a bumper 12th Birthday party on 26th May 2022.
If the last 12 months are anything to go by, the next year will fly by especially as we have a great deal planned that will keep us all busy.

ONCE again the Museum has reached a milestone in its history and due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been unable to celebrate it together.
The 26th May 2021 was our 11th Birthday and sadly the occasion passed us by. Hopefully, we can arrange a bumper 12th Birthday party on 26th May 2022.
If the last 12 months are anything to go by, the next year will fly by especially as we have a great deal planned that will keep us all busy.

We wish everyone celebrating today a very Happy Easter! Enjoy some fresh air and we hope to see you soon.
04/04/2021

We wish everyone celebrating today a very Happy Easter! Enjoy some fresh air and we hope to see you soon.

We wish everyone celebrating today a very Happy Easter! Enjoy some fresh air and we hope to see you soon.

The Mawney Road Public Baths were built in 1900 and later modernised in 1937. They closed to the public in 1974 and the ...
19/03/2021

The Mawney Road Public Baths were built in 1900 and later modernised in 1937. They closed to the public in 1974 and the building was demolished the following year.

Did you visit the Mawney Road Public Baths?

Mawney Road Baths

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.
19/03/2021

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.

Francis Quarles, (1592 – 1644) born at Stewards, Romford, became a Royalist Poet. His most famous work was 'Emblems' (16...
09/03/2021

Francis Quarles, (1592 – 1644) born at Stewards, Romford, became a Royalist Poet. His most famous work was 'Emblems' (1635), together with 'Feast of Wormes' (1620) and 'Argalus and Parthenia '(1629). Latterly he wrote tracts in defence of Charles I, consequently having a great deal of his output was destroyed by Parliamentarians during the Civil Wars. In 1618 he married Ursula Woodgate, they had 18 children.

1592 – 1644 Francis Quarles, Romford born Poet.

1592 – 1644 Francis Quarles, Romford born Poet.
09/03/2021

1592 – 1644 Francis Quarles, Romford born Poet.

1592 – 1644 Francis Quarles, Romford born Poet.

The Corn Exchange Clock was displayed in Pearson’s Jewellers for many years and on the demolition of their premises, the...
05/03/2021

The Corn Exchange Clock was displayed in Pearson’s Jewellers for many years and on the demolition of their premises, the clock was stored in the Central Library in Romford until the Havering Museum was opened in 2010. It was refurbished for the Havering Museum and is now on permanent display there. It has been renovated and converted to run on electricity with a radio link to keep it accurate. The clock has a wooden face, painted with corn and hops, and iron hands.

You can read more about the Corn Exchange on our virtual timeline here: https://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/1145867/Havering-Timeline/#vars!panel=11433231!

The Romford Corn Exchange Clock.

The Romford Corn Exchange Clock.
05/03/2021

The Romford Corn Exchange Clock.

The Romford Corn Exchange Clock.

A familiar sight today: The Church of St. Edward the Confessor was consecrated by the Bishop of Rochester on the 19th Se...
01/03/2021

A familiar sight today: The Church of St. Edward the Confessor was consecrated by the Bishop of Rochester on the 19th September 1850, to the Virgin Mary and St. Edward. The architect was John Johnson, the church replaced a chapel which dated from 1410.

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.
01/03/2021

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.

The Romford Market is at the heart of the town and continues to be to this day. Romford Market Charter granted by Henry ...
25/02/2021

The Romford Market is at the heart of the town and continues to be to this day.

Romford Market Charter granted by Henry III in 1247. Under the Charter, no other market could be held within 6 and two-third miles (the distance a flock of sheep could be driven in a day).

With the decline in trade in the cattle market, which had been granted its Royal Charter in 1247, the Cattle Market closed in 1958. The market continues to open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but longer seller livestock.

On the 14th December 1969, Romford Market Place closed to through traffic. The Mayor and Mayoress of Havering took a ride through Romford Market on a horse-drawn landau to mark the closure of the market to through traffic and the opening of the first section of the Romford ring road.

We would love to hear your memories of Romford Market over the years!

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.
25/02/2021

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.

Next in our Bygone series looking at the different areas of Havering, we move onto Romford. Romford is a prominent marke...
19/02/2021

Next in our Bygone series looking at the different areas of Havering, we move onto Romford.

Romford is a prominent market town dating back to the 12th Century. The River Rom, a Thames tributary circles the town centre (part of it in an underground culvert). Romford is still known for its market that is open to this day and is a popular location with links to London. Romford has drastically transformed over the years, and we will post some amazing pictures from the past, however we would also love to hear your memories of Romford past and present!

This beautiful image shows the view of High Street, where the Havering Museum is situated. Can you spot the former brewery (and now our premises!) on the picture?

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.
19/02/2021

A look through the history of the Romford area of Havering.

We have a wonderful picture of a Jack Lucas Creamery milk bottle from Angela, who shared her lovely story about how she ...
14/02/2021

We have a wonderful picture of a Jack Lucas Creamery milk bottle from Angela, who shared her lovely story about how she discovered the bottle.

"A few days ago my electrician found an old bottle in my basement totally covered in thick black rubbish. He thought it was a lovely old bottle so he gave it to me. I could see it had some kind of print in the glass, so I took it home and cleaned it up, which did take some doing. It really is lovely, very old but in perfect condition. I decided to try and find out something about it, only to find a picture and some information of a very similar bottle from the same creameries Jack Lucas 72 Brentwood Rd Romford. It’s so very nice to find something like this, and as this bottle has a phone number I guess it’s dated from after 1926. Anyway I just thought I would like to share my story with you, and I was happy to find out a little more about my lovely old bottle."

We have a similar bottle in our Collections, you can read more about the J.W Lucas & Sons' dairy here: https://www.haveringmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-month-march-2015/

We have a wonderful picture of a Jack Lucas Creamery milk bottle from Angela, who shared her lovely story about how she discovered the bottle.

"A few days ago my electrician found an old bottle in my basement totally covered in thick black rubbish. He thought it was a lovely old bottle so he gave it to me. I could see it had some kind of print in the glass, so I took it home and cleaned it up, which did take some doing. It really is lovely, very old but in perfect condition. I decided to try and find out something about it, only to find a picture and some information of a very similar bottle from the same creameries Jack Lucas 72 Brentwood Rd Romford. It’s so very nice to find something like this, and as this bottle has a phone number I guess it’s dated from after 1926. Anyway I just thought I would like to share my story with you, and I was happy to find out a little more about my lovely old bottle."

We have a similar bottle in our Collections, you can read more about the J.W Lucas & Sons' dairy here: https://www.haveringmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-month-march-2015/

During the Second World War the unfortunate 'Essex Road Night,' occurred on the 19th April 1941 in which 38 people were ...
02/02/2021

During the Second World War the unfortunate 'Essex Road Night,' occurred on the 19th April 1941 in which 38 people were killed by a parachute mine. This included 9 members of the Gill family. A further 6 individuals were killed by another mine that hit Hillfoot Avenue. A Mass funeral was held at St John's Church, Mawney Road for 38 of the victims. The grave is situated at Hornchurch Cemetery.

The other images depict wartime damage and the residents of Highfield Road celebrating VJ Day in August 1945.

A look at the history and architecture of the Havering atte Bower & Collier Row areas of Havering.
02/02/2021

A look at the history and architecture of the Havering atte Bower & Collier Row areas of Havering.

Here we have some familiar Collier Row scenes from the past.
28/01/2021

Here we have some familiar Collier Row scenes from the past.

Address

19-21 High Street
Romford
RM1 1JU

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 4:30pm
Thursday 11am - 4:30pm
Friday 11am - 4:30pm
Saturday 11am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+441708766571

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I used to live in Romford and would love to share my local history bits and pieces with you all. I used to live in the rear flat over The Rising Sun (opposite the railway station). It was renamed the Morland Arms in the 1980s, and is now called The Goose. To kick off my collection, here is a stone jug from the pub. Oddly, I picked this up at an antique market in Somerset. "Reynolds" etched on the jug was the publican's name, and from internet searches I have found out that Miss Florence Reynolds ran the pub from 1894 to 1901. In 1901, she was succeeded by her sister Annie. Presumably these jugs were returned to the Brewery for refilling. I am not sure whether they contained ale or another brew; they seem a bit small for ale, which presumably came in wooden casks back then. Anyone have further info?
Shema Ladva Art Exhibition Opens at 11:00 on Wednesday 29th October and runs until Saturday, 15th December. An exhibition at Havering Museum by a creative illustrative artist inspired by her local community in Romford, Essex and beyond.
Wednesday, 10 January – Saturday 24 March 2018 Humphry Repton 200 Years A great opportunity to see Humphry Repton’s Red Book of Stubbers’ sketches. Saturday, 13 January – Saturday, 24 March Famous Catley Model Collection Display of a variety of amazing themed Diaramas. Saturday, 7 April – Saturday, 1 September 2018 Titanic: Honour & Glory Exhibition This exhibition tells the story of the Titanic disaster through artefacts and will include stories from local people, who have a connection to the ship. A series of talks will support this exhibition. Group visits with refreshments are available upon request.
Dinosaur Family Fun Day Thursday 15th February 2018 from 11:00am - 3:00pm £3:00 per adult - admits up to 4 chidren free Drop in anytime with the children to have fun exploring Britain's dinosaur heritage through crafts, quizzes and roaring good fun. Suitable for 4 - 10 year olds. **************************** Creatures of the Deep Thursday 31st May 2018 from 11:00amm - 3:00pm £3:00 per adult - admits up to 4 chidren free Come along to our fun drop-in day where the family will have a great day learning about sea creatures and getting creative with craft work. Suitable for 4 - 10 year o
The Havering Museum will close at 5pm on Saturday 16th December and reopen at 11am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Wednesday, 13 December, 1.00pm Christmas Traditions & Cake Tasting - £7 A festive afternoon looking at the magic of Christmas and cake tasting.
Thursday, 30 November, 7.00pm Romford Football Club 1967 -- 1981 from Brooklands to the final Whistle - £5 Reminisce with Terry Felton and others about the final days of the club and celebrate the launch of the 5th and final volume
I have just attended Death in Victorian London the talk was given by Dr I Browne. The talk was very interesting and informative I thoroughly Enjoyed the afternoon
I found this on BBC web site it was posted in October 2015 photograph of the iceberg which may have sunk the Titanic is to be auctioned. It is expected to sell for more than £10,000. The image was taken the day after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people. Frankie McCamley reports.24 Oct 2015 From the section UK