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.
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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

We hope you have a merry and above all a safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!
24/12/2020

We hope you have a merry and above all a safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

This Christmas is going to a be a little bit different for us all, but we can all enjoy some Seasonal Scenes from the pa...
23/12/2020

This Christmas is going to a be a little bit different for us all, but we can all enjoy some Seasonal Scenes from the past.

Norman Rockwell, Home for Christmas, 1968
Caspar David Friedrich, Winter Landscape, 1811
Susan Brown, The Night Before Christmas, 2007
Pieter Brugel the Elder, The Hunters in the Snow, 1565
Utagawa Hiroshige, Evening Snow at Kanbara, c.1833-34

It's the last Monday before Christmas and we hope you have sent all your cards! The first Christmas cards were designed ...
21/12/2020

It's the last Monday before Christmas and we hope you have sent all your cards! The first Christmas cards were designed by J.C. Horsley. This toboggining design was made in 1843 and sold in 1846.

Some early Christmas cards were not the jolly festive scenes we are used to today. Below depicts a donkey and a dog in a confrontation.

However, by the 1890s Christmas Cards became more 'gentile' and festive, reflecting an interest in the Winter landscape and wildlife.

The first area of Havering we will be looking at is Havering atte Bower & Collier Row.It is believed that there has been...
18/12/2020

The first area of Havering we will be looking at is Havering atte Bower & Collier Row.

It is believed that there has been a royal residence at Havering atte Bower since the 7th Century.

The atte Bower suffix means ‘at the royal residence’ (and refers to Havering Palace).

The first royal palace was built in the Saxon Period by Sigeberght the Little King of Essex (r. 617-653).

Edward the Confessor (r. 1042 – 66) established at hunting lodge in the area.
He travelled between Windsor & Havering atte Bower. Both had commanding views over London and forests to hunt in.

In 1066 when William The Conqueror seizes the English Throne and takes all the Royal Lands, Havering Atte Bower remained part of the Royal estate and was expanded.

The Third Havering Palace was built in the 1250s By Henry III (r. 1267 – 1536).

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

A look at the history and architecture of the Havering atte Bower & Collier Row areas of Havering.
18/12/2020

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

Havering Libraries
17/12/2020

Havering Libraries

Parish Hall, Havering-atte-Bower

Postcard view of the Parish Hall and Green at Havering-atte-Bower c. 1920s

The opening of the Parish Room on 17th September 1903 was reported in local newspapers

“The new Parish Room at Havering-atte-Bower was opened on Thursday by the Rev. E.B. Woodman, on behalf of Mrs. Pemberton Barnes, who had erected and furnished the place, her son also contributing. A sale of work on behalf of the Church Missionary Society was subsequently held. Those present included Mrs and Miss Hope, Mrs C. P Matthews, Mrs Mash*ter and Mrs Castellan”

The hall was used for many village activities and events, including the rose show started by Rev Joseph Hardwick Pemberton the notes rose grower who would judge entries. “The most popular class was a single rose in a vase and every child in the village entered this competition, with some roses being displayed in jam jars. The first prize was 12 roses, the second prize was nine roses and third prize was six roses. “

In 1942 a voluntary library was established at the Parish Meeting Room with Mr. Eric W. Smith of Fernside as volunteer librarian. Eric Smith gave up the role in 1947 and the opportunity was taken to formalise the service within Romford Libraries. The limited library service in the parish hall ended in 1965.

In 1959 a secular social hall, “Bower Hall”, in Wellingtonia Avenue, was built as the Havering-atte-Bower and District Social Centre. A Grand Opening Night took place on 27th November 1959. The Bower Hall, Havering-atte-Bower is still in active use.

Every Friday we hold a Reminiscence workshop at the Museum with various topics. One of the topics covered was Bygone Hav...
14/12/2020

Every Friday we hold a Reminiscence workshop at the Museum with various topics. One of the topics covered was Bygone Havering, a look at the different areas of Havering and their histories. In the coming weeks we will be taking a look at the following areas of Havering:

Havering atte Bower & Collier Row
Hornchurch
Rainham
Romford
Upminster & Cranham

Did you know, the first written evidence of Havering is in the Doomsday Book of 1086, in which there is mention of a "Hauering".

In the early medieval period stained glass windows, Manuscripts and Bibles were reliant on imagery. The emphasis was pla...
10/12/2020

In the early medieval period stained glass windows, Manuscripts and Bibles were reliant on imagery. The emphasis was placed on telling a story or getting a message across. Colour and composition mattered very little to artists. They did not seek to emulate the natural world.

Medieval scholars inherited the idea that there were only seven colours: white, yellow, red, green, blue, purple, and black. Green was considered the middle colour, balanced between the extremes of white and black.

Medieval Painting

This week we will be looking at colour, a topic covered by the Art Appreciation workshop. This bright piece is by Wassil...
07/12/2020

This week we will be looking at colour, a topic covered by the Art Appreciation workshop. This bright piece is by Wassily Kandinsky, entitled ‘Autumn with Boats’ 1908.
The terminology used to describe colour in Art includes Hue (e.g. red, yellow, blue), saturation (intensity), and value (light vs. dark).

Wassily Kandinsky, Autumn With Boats, 1908.

A selection of images from our Art Appreciation workshops.
07/12/2020

A selection of images from our Art Appreciation workshops.

The Essex Record Office
04/12/2020

The Essex Record Office

Does anyone recognise any of the girls in this Guides group photo? Or can anyone suggest a more precise date for the photo, or know which Girl Guides group this might have been?
We are wondering if it was the Chelmsford Girl Guides as this is where Spalding’s work was more prolific. #WheresSpalding

04/12/2020

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to implement the Museum’s Digitisation Strategy which aims to widen our audience base and increase accessibility to the collections and exhibitions. To do this we will be creating an online catalogue, virtual museum tours and exhibitions, educational material and podcasts.

Project Leads would be assigned areas within the digitisation strategy which reflect their experience and interests. They will also work closely with Museum management, Collection & Exhibition Team Leaders, and support the development of Digitisation Assistants. Project leads will only be assigned an area that they have substantive experience and or training in:
Building an Online Catalogue & Data Entry.
Compiling Online Exhibitions / Educational materials.
Virtual Tour & Podcast Production.
Proof reading / copy editing materials.

The candidate should be able to commit medium-long term (12-18 months) and for 6-8 hours a week between Tuesday and Friday. Please note these placements are not suitable for those seeking a short term volunteer placement.

Volunteer Specification: Desirable

An interest in local heritage.

Volunteer Specification: Essential
Access to email.

Able to use MS Word.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to organise and meet agreed deadlines.
Good attention to detail.
A CV which demonstrates substantive experience or training in one or more of the main areas of the Digitisation Strategy detailed above.

Training

All Volunteers regardless of their role within the Museum are assigned a Training Mentor and spend a period of 4 – 6 weeks with a Front of House Team as part of their orientation.
There will also be the opportunity to attend in-house training workshops, external training offered by partners and participate in signposted online courses.

For an application form & further information please email the Volunteer Manager Dr Ian Browne: [email protected]

04/12/2020

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to implement the Museum’s Digitisation Strategy which aims to widen our audience base and increase accessibility to the collections and exhibitions. To do this we will be creating an online catalogue, virtual museum tours and exhibitions, educational material and podcasts.

Volunteers would be assigned tasks that balance their interests and skill sets. There will also be the opportunity to train and learn new skills subject to the appropriate support being available. Digitisation Volunteers would ideally be trained in two of the following areas:
Photography of Collections.
Building Online Catalogue & Data Entry.
Compiling Online Exhibitions.
Scanning Archived Exhibition Material
Virtual Museum Tour Production.
Podcast Production.
Proof reading / copy editing materials

The candidate should be able to commit medium-long term (12-18 months) and for 6-8 hours a week between Tuesday and Friday. Please note these placements are not suitable for those seeking a short term volunteer placement.

Volunteer Specification: Desirable

Good communication skills.
An interest in local heritage.

Volunteer Specification: Essential

Have access to email.
Able to use MS Word.
Able to work as part of a team.
Good attention to detail.
Attend a one day induction training programme.

Training

All Volunteers regardless of their role within the Museum are assigned a Training Mentor and spend a period of 4 – 6 weeks with a Front of House Team as part of their orientation.
There will also be the opportunity to attend in-house training workshops, external training offered by partners and participate in signposted online courses.

For an application form & further information please email the Volunteer Manager Dr Ian Browne: [email protected]

We thought we would look through our archives, and bring back some Object of the Months from the past. December 2020 cou...
01/12/2020

We thought we would look through our archives, and bring back some Object of the Months from the past. December 2020 couldn't be anything other than this beautifully illustrated Romford Brewery Christmas Card given to employees.

Do you know about the printed history of the advent calendar?

Advent practices - the countdown to Christmas, have been carried out for centuries. In the 19th Century, doorways were marked with chalk lines which were rubbed off as the days passed.

Initially, advent calendars with doors to open were in the form of printed cards, with religious imagery behind them. Munich resident, Gerhard Lang has been credited with the invention of the printed advent calendar in 1908. Chocolate advent calendars that are popular today were first seen in 1958 and popularised in 1971 when Cadbury started producing its own version.

November/ December 2019 - Romford Brewery Christmas Card

This detailed card was sent out to Romford Brewery employees to say thank you for their hard work and wish them and their families a Merry Christmas. Designed and produced by Design House and illustrated by Karen Murray, this example depicts a variety of festive scenes from children playing in the snow at the top to the three wise men on camels at the bottom – and of course the pints of bitter in the middle. We are not sure which year this card was given out – did you receive one of these?

Donated by Mrs D. Surtees
ROMHM: 2013.9

November/ December 2019 - Romford Brewery Christmas CardThis detailed card was sent out to Romford Brewery employees to ...
01/12/2020

November/ December 2019 - Romford Brewery Christmas Card

This detailed card was sent out to Romford Brewery employees to say thank you for their hard work and wish them and their families a Merry Christmas. Designed and produced by Design House and illustrated by Karen Murray, this example depicts a variety of festive scenes from children playing in the snow at the top to the three wise men on camels at the bottom – and of course the pints of bitter in the middle. We are not sure which year this card was given out – did you receive one of these?

Donated by Mrs D. Surtees
ROMHM: 2013.9

28/11/2020

We posted images of 4 paintings earlier this week, all of which were had titles attributed later. These are the titles and some information about their naming.

Michelangelo, 'Madonna and Child,' 1501.
Often paintings were simply known as 'work by [artist]'. However audiences were interested in where the art was produced and who the patron was. The artists and patrons also believed that titles would help the subject to be a little more obvious to the audience.

Edouard Manet, 'Olympia,' 1863.
Manet did not initially name the work. In 1864 an art critic and poet named the painting 'Nude With Black Cat'. However, when Manet submitted it to be displayed at the Paris Salon he renamed it 'Olympia'.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 'Portrait of Artists Mother,' 1871.
Initially this work was titled 'Arrangement In Grey & Black No.1' but changed in 1872 to a more personal 'Whistler's Mother'.

Johannes Vermeer, 'The Art of Painting,' 1668.
This painting initially had no title, but was named by the painter's widow after his death.

25/11/2020

We have just posted 4 paintings to our new Art Appreciation folder. Carrying on with the theme of titles, these works were all named a while after their creation - some by the artists and some by family members, art dealers or galleries.

Do you know the names of any of these works? What would you have named these works?

A selection of images from our Art Appreciation workshops.
25/11/2020

A selection of images from our Art Appreciation workshops.

23/11/2020

What are your thoughts on the use of titles in Art?

Are they helpful in indicating the painting's history and origins?
Can they sometimes be confusing?
Do you look at the title before the painting?
Do you not pay much attention to titles?

Peter 'The Painter' Blundell's The Conway painting has already seemed very popular, in particular the title and whether ...
23/11/2020

Peter 'The Painter' Blundell's The Conway painting has already seemed very popular, in particular the title and whether it hints to a real history.

To kick off our Art Appreciation posts, we will be thinking about Titles.

This week we will be posting quotes, pictures and questions all about the use of titles in Art.

If you enjoy talking about art - whether it's something you have engaged with in the past or never before - the museum's Art Appreciation Workshop is a great way to explore art in greater depth and to meet new people. We look forward to restarting our Wednesday Art Appreciation workshops once it is safe to do so.

Prior to the national lockdown in March 2020, the Museum held weekly Art Appreciation workshops on a range of themes. We...
20/11/2020

Prior to the national lockdown in March 2020, the Museum held weekly Art Appreciation workshops on a range of themes. We would like to share some of the content of the workshops here in the coming weeks.

But first, a highlight on a local artist:

Those long time residents of Havering may remember the characterful Peter 'The Painter' Blundell who was a frequent sight in Romford Market where he displayed his paintings outside the library.

Below is an image 'The Conway', one of the paintings sold by Peter and generously donated to the Museum by Martin Garwood, and Peter himself in his usual spot outside the library c.1977. Photograph courtesy of Martin Garwood.

Does anyone know about the shop The Conway? - if such a ship even existed? We would love to know more. You can view the painting proudly displayed in the Havering Museum once it is safe to do so.

In honour of Armistice Day today, Langtons Gardens has released a free online exhibition about the Langtons and Grey Tow...
11/11/2020

In honour of Armistice Day today, Langtons Gardens has released a free online exhibition about the Langtons and Grey Towers Estates in the early 20th century.

Please feel free to browse the images at home, and remember the lives of people from both the UK and New Zealand, who lived and worked here at the time.

Armistice Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, and is held in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts.

Here is the Facebook Group link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/646696475942103/

And further information can be found on our blog:
https://www.haveringmuseum.org.uk/langtons-and-grey-towers-estates/

Amongst the current pandemic and surrounding difficulties, lest we forget the many who gave their lives from Havering an...
08/11/2020

Amongst the current pandemic and surrounding difficulties, lest we forget the many who gave their lives from Havering and beyond.

RAINHAM WAR MEMORIAL

There are over 50 war memorials in Havering, most with their origins after the First World War.

There were four civic or town memorials erected in Havering to commemorate those who died in the First World War, at Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham.

In remembrance of those who lost their lives through war we will be sharing the story of the origin of these four memorials between 8th November and 11th November 2020.

The first memorial to be unveiled was at Rainham.
Rainham War Memorial

A large crowd, including many people from neighbouring villages assembled in Broadway, Rainham on Sunday November 7th November 1920 for the unveiling of the war memorial by Colonel F.H.D.C. Whitmore DSO. The memorial was erected by Mr E C Lucy to a design by Mr H.A. Porter, architect of Grays and cost £450. The site of the memorial and its design was described in 1920 as taking “the form of a clock tower which stands on a triangular site in the most prominent position of the village. There are three dials, one facing the main road towards London, one facing the same thoroughfare in the direction of Southend, and one facing the Upminster Road. It is an artistic piece of work in the Georgian style. The names of 61 local men who lost their lives are inscribed on two tablets”.

The collection for the memorial was started by William ”Punch” Montgomery to honour friends who never returned and he managed to raise £60 towards the cost.

In attendance were members of the committee which made the arrangements and those who had assisted in the collection of the contributions. A short service was conducted by the Rev J.N. Bennett, preceded by the Aveley Brass Band conducted by Mr Sage. The 4th Battalion, The Essex (Territorial) Regiment, under the command of Captain Gibson formed a guard of honour.

All present joined with the band in singing “O God our help in ages past” before Col Whitmore released Union Jacks enshrouding the memorial tablets.

In his speech, Col Whitmore said “the monument was erected by the villagers in order to perpetuate the memory of those who fell in the great struggle for the honour of their country…”

Mr J.S Vellacott delivered a further address to the Rainham villagers

“They had particular reason for remembering with gratitude the men who went from Rainham to other parts of the world to fight and die. Many of them knew these men as small boys and saw them grow up and take an interest in Sunday School and other work. That tower would remind them of three things. In the first place it would remind them of the men about whom they had been speaking. Secondly it would remind them of God’s great goodness during the Great War…The clock tower would also remind them how fleeting were their lives.”

Descendants of Mr Montgomery saw the memorial designated a Grade II Listed Building on 25th March 2002.

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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
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