Stevenage Museum

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Stevenage Museum is a small, community museum telling the story of the town using colourful displays, film, and with plenty of hands on activities for all the family, it is a great place to visit. General admission is free, however a small charge may be made for some events.

Did you guess or have you seen it? Probably safest on foot!
23/05/2020

Did you guess or have you seen it? Probably safest on foot!

Day 6 and we are travelling along the Great North Road northwards . . .
23/05/2020

Day 6 and we are travelling along the Great North Road northwards . . .

Day 5 - how did you do? Could you name all four?
22/05/2020

Day 5 - how did you do? Could you name all four?

Day 5 - And for extra (imaginary) points - can you name them?
22/05/2020

Day 5 - And for extra (imaginary) points - can you name them?

Here's the answer to day 4 . . . alongside a picture taken back before the First World War - does anyone remember drinki...
21/05/2020

Here's the answer to day 4 . . . alongside a picture taken back before the First World War - does anyone remember drinking there?

The answer to yesterday's question and another to test your brain!
21/05/2020

The answer to yesterday's question and another to test your brain!

Day three of the sum it up quiz . . . hopefully another easy one if you know your local history!
20/05/2020

Day three of the sum it up quiz . . . hopefully another easy one if you know your local history!

As promised, here's the answer to today's earlier puzzler.
18/05/2020

As promised, here's the answer to today's earlier puzzler.

An answer . . . and another question!We started you off gently, so hopefully Six Hills wasn't too hard. Here's a slightl...
18/05/2020

An answer . . . and another question!
We started you off gently, so hopefully Six Hills wasn't too hard. Here's a slightly trickier question. We'll share the answer later tonight.

One of our volunteers has put together a quiz for you. We are going to ask one question each day for a week and we've ad...
16/05/2020

One of our volunteers has put together a quiz for you. We are going to ask one question each day for a week and we've added the chance to donate if you've enjoyed testing your local knowledge, but no pressure! The Betty Game Opportunities Trust helps Stevenage residents accessing higher education later in life, as Betty did herself.

Stevenage Museum's cover photo
16/05/2020

Stevenage Museum's cover photo

Tuesday Challenge- silhouette portraits Silhouettes/ Cutting portraits were a cheap and alternative to having your portr...
12/05/2020

Tuesday Challenge- silhouette portraits

Silhouettes/ Cutting portraits were a cheap and alternative to having your portrait painted in the mid 18th Century. They were usually images of people in profile cut from black card. I've used an old envelope for my first attempt or you could draw an outline on paper, then colour it in. Why not give it a go? Don't forget to share your creations :D

08/05/2020
We'll meet again

Looking forward to seeing everyone when this is over? Thank you Bethan for sharing these great songs with us!

08/05/2020
Sing as we go

First sung by Gracie Fields in the 1934 film of the same name, bound to cheer you up!

08/05/2020

Bethan sings another wartime favourite, hope you enjoy it!

07/05/2020

We're sad we couldn't welcome Bethan in person this weekend, instead we asked her to record some of her songs. Here's the first one.

This wartime song was made famous by the Andrew Sisters and Glenn Miller, we hope you enjoy listening to Bethan singing it!

VE Day quizThe question: what was the weekly wartime ration of sugar for an adult? The answer:Amazingly, 8oz a week! Whi...
07/05/2020

VE Day quiz
The question: what was the weekly wartime ration of sugar for an adult?
The answer:
Amazingly, 8oz a week! Which seems like a lot by modern standards but I suspect more physically demanding jobs, transport (or the lack of) and life in un(centrally)heated houses meant people needed more calories . . . Still tricky to make cakes though as you only got one egg a week! Wartime bakers got very good at using substitutes, which sounds strangely familiar at the moment . . .

Stevenage Museum's cover photo
06/05/2020

Stevenage Museum's cover photo

VE Day Here’s a picture of one of the street parties held in Stevenage in Walkern Road to celebrate the end of the war i...
06/05/2020

VE Day
Here’s a picture of one of the street parties held in Stevenage in Walkern Road to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. Lots of foods were rationed, but people saved up their rations for the party to put on a good spread! The question is, how much was the sugar ration each week for an adult?

On 8 May 1945 Britain and its Allies celebrated Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day for short. After nearly six years of wa...
05/05/2020
Stevenage @ War, 1939-1945

On 8 May 1945 Britain and its Allies celebrated Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day for short. After nearly six years of war, blackout ended, the lights came back on and people took the chance to have a party and put aside the worries of wartime, before the final push to finish the war in the Far East against Japan began. [ 1,257 more word ]
http://stevenagemuseum.com/2020/05/05/stevenage-war-1939-1945/

On 8 May 1945 Britain and its Allies celebrated Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day for short. After nearly six years of war, blackout ended, the lights came back on and people took the chance to have…

Virtual VE Day Quiz!Here’s a picture of the Stevenage Home Guard on parade. Do you know what it was called before being ...
05/05/2020

Virtual VE Day Quiz!

Here’s a picture of the Stevenage Home Guard on parade. Do you know what it was called before being re-named the Home Guard? And when that happened?

Tuesday ChallengeWe are challenging you this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day by making bunting to dec...
05/05/2020

Tuesday Challenge
We are challenging you this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day by making bunting to decorate your homes and windows. Sticking with the make do and mend theme, use what ever you have to hand... fabric, paper, old newspaper etc. We've included a template to get you started, we look forward to seeing your fabulous creations.

Friday is quiz dayBetween 1955 and 1965 a new school opened almost every year in the new town. By 1965 15,000 new school...
01/05/2020

Friday is quiz day
Between 1955 and 1965 a new school opened almost every year in the new town. By 1965 15,000 new school places had been created. Not all the schools have survived as numbers dropped. Can you name some schools that no longer exist? This school is no longer there, but can you tell us the name and perhaps share a memory of your time there?

Tuesday ChallengeWith just over a week to go until the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we thought we'd get you in the spirit...
28/04/2020

Tuesday Challenge

With just over a week to go until the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we thought we'd get you in the spirit by sharing a war time recipe with you... Carrot Scones

You will need...
12 tbsp self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder – sifted together
2 tbsp butter or margarine (at room temperature)
4 tbsp sugar
8 tbsp grated carrot

Pre-heat oven to gas mark 6 / 200°C (180° fan)
Grease a baking tray.

Mix together your butter and sugar until it is pale and creamy.
Add your grated carrot a little at a time mixing well.

Then, slowly add the flour. The moisture from the grated carrots should bind the mixture together and the dough should have orange carrot flecks evenly throughout. If your mixture is a bit dry try adding a drop of milk (or water if you are vegan).

You can either roll the dough out and use a cutter to make your scones or roll the desired amount between your hands.

You should get 12 scones from this recipe.

Place on baking tray and sprinkle with a little sugar (optional)

Cook in the centre of the oven for about 20 mins.

When they are done, take them out of the oven and place them on a wire wrack to cool, with a clean tea towel over the top.

Enjoy with your favourite filling.

We understand shopping is difficult at the moment so you might not be able to make these, so why not tell us about your favorite family recipe, if you've got a photo why not share that!!

Happy St George's DayHere are some Scouts and Guides of years gone by at St George's Day parades.One is in the old town ...
23/04/2020

Happy St George's Day
Here are some Scouts and Guides of years gone by at St George's Day parades.One is in the old town near the Bowling Green in about 1950, one on St George's Way in 1969 (with a very different backdrop than you'll see today!) and the Guides are outside the church on St George's Way in 1961, soon after it opened. If you recognise anyone, let us know!

It's Tuesday challenge againThis week we are working on a timeline and we need your ideas - what are the key dates in St...
21/04/2020

It's Tuesday challenge again
This week we are working on a timeline and we need your ideas - what are the key dates in Stevenage's history? Can you post us a picture with the date and what happened (it could be on a sheet of paper with you holding it? You can get creative and make it look AMAZING!) We'd love people of all ages to join in.We'll pull it together, add some images from the collection and share the final thing next week. Let's see what we can come up with!

Friday is Quiz DayThis week we are inspired by #LocalMuseumsUnite on Twitter where the theme this week was TV and film. ...
17/04/2020

Friday is Quiz Day
This week we are inspired by #LocalMuseumsUnite on Twitter where the theme this week was TV and film. Have a look @StevenageMuseum to find out more. Here are two pictures showing a film being made in Stevenage back in the late 1950s.
Questions:
Can you name the actors (we only know two)?
Do you recognise where the photographs were taken?
Can you name the film?
And if you know that you'll probably know which young singer sang on the soundtrack and appeared on screen too.
Last question - what was the song?
Answers tomorrow . . . we have one regular visitor who appeared on screen with the singer, does anyone else want to take the opportunity to name drop?!

14/04/2020

It's the Tuesday challenge...Window/Garden Safari
Grab yourself a notebook and spend some time looking out of your window. Make a list of all the amazing wildlife living under our noses. Can you spot any mammals, birds, reptiles, insects or spiders??

If you can, why not take a photograph or have a go at drawing what you can see. If you are having trouble identifying your finds, post a picture underneath and lets see if the Museum community can help.

11/04/2020
Museum Education - Egypt - Embalming Ted-ankhamun

Some of our colleagues in neighbouring museum's have been getting very creative. Here's a short film made by North Herts' Museum explaining mummification! Enjoy!

Using Toys, we learn about how the Egyptians embalmed their Pharaohs.

Stevenage cinemas Here are the three other cinemas: The Publix on the Bowling Green, The Astonia on Pound Avenue and The...
11/04/2020

Stevenage cinemas
Here are the three other cinemas: The Publix on the Bowling Green, The Astonia on Pound Avenue and The Cannon in The Forum (on a very rainy day). A few years ago, when The Astonia was being knocked down, someone wrote to the Museum to share their memories of visiting, you can read what they wrote here: https://stevenagemuseum.com/category/collections/the-astonia-cinema/

Another (Good) Friday  . . . another quiz This Friday we've got a photo of one of the town's cinemas, but can you name t...
10/04/2020

Another (Good) Friday . . . another quiz
This Friday we've got a photo of one of the town's cinemas, but can you name the others? And where were they? We'll post photos of the other cinemas tomorrow.

Well done everyone who took part in last week’s acrostic poem challenge, we were blown away by your talent. Are you read...
07/04/2020
Stevenage Sculpture Trail

Well done everyone who took part in last week’s acrostic poem challenge, we were blown away by your talent.

Are you ready for this weeks challenge? (We've given you a choice of two)

Keats wrote his Ode on a Grecian Vase in Spring 1819. Could you write an ode to one of the towns many sculptures or artworks? You might find some inspiration here ... www.ourstevenage.org.uk/content/topics/stevenage_sculptures/the_stevenage_sculpture_trail

If you’re not feeling lyrical why not have a go at recreating a piece of the town’s sculpture using whatever you have to hand, yourselves, junk, modelling clay, etc. You could even have a go at becoming a living sculpture. Don’t forget to take a picture!

Share your creativity in our comment section :D Your contributions brighten our day :D

Cycle your way round the town

The answer to yesterday's quiz question Well done all, this is the opening of the Chevron Garage in August 1970 on Cutty...
04/04/2020

The answer to yesterday's quiz question
Well done all, this is the opening of the Chevron Garage in August 1970 on Cuttys Lane (previously Creasey's). Here's a picture of it when it first opened in 1958.

Friday is  . . . quiz dayHere's a picture of one of the many petrol stations that opened as the new town was built. Can ...
03/04/2020

Friday is . . . quiz day
Here's a picture of one of the many petrol stations that opened as the new town was built. Can you tell us when it was taken? And where? We'll let you know the answer tomorrow.

Address

St George's Way
Stevenage
SG1 1XX

Just 3 minutes' walk from the town centre, 5 minutes from the bus station and 7 from the railway station, the Museum is easily accessible by public transport and there is plenty of parking space in the public car parks on St George's Way.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01438 218881

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Churchill V Covid 19 by me V E Day remembered 2020
Some of my Lockdown art
Continuing my ' Lockdown Art' this evening with my drawing : ' Winston'
Some of my Lockdown Art 😊
Hi what is the film next Saturday please?
Really enjoyed the crafts and the after-dark tour of the museum today. Thank you for all your hard work and to all the actors who brought the voices of stevenage's past back to life
Brought my little one along to the Womble workshop today! She loved it, thanks guys!
Hi just wondering if you have much on the old town? I would love to bring my nan here she lived in Stevenage up until about 10 years ago she's nearly 90! And is it easily accessible she can walk but just can't really do stairs, Thanks very much.
Are you running summer holiday activities for children again?
Had a great time making Egyptian pottery. Just finished painting our scarab beetle.Thank you!
Hi, when is the next make it please?
Hello Stevenage Museum...would it be okay to drop a poster around to let your visitors know about this free party celebrating the royal wedding happening in the old town?