Watford Museum

Watford Museum Our Visit England accredited Watford Museum is housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery near Watford High Str**t Station.

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We hope you enjoyed #nationalcoffeeday and #nationalsmileday yesterday. We thought we would keep the good vibes going by...
02/10/2021

We hope you enjoyed #nationalcoffeeday and #nationalsmileday yesterday. We thought we would keep the good vibes going by sharing our art deco chicken Samovar. It is used to heat and boil water for tea or coffee. it was a wonderful gift from our twin town of Novgorod. Enjoy your coffee and smiling today everyone #coffee #watford #hertfordshire

We hope you enjoyed #nationalcoffeeday and #nationalsmileday yesterday. We thought we would keep the good vibes going by sharing our art deco chicken Samovar. It is used to heat and boil water for tea or coffee. it was a wonderful gift from our twin town of Novgorod. Enjoy your coffee and smiling today everyone #coffee #watford #hertfordshire

Such a joy to attend the Black History month launch event with our friends at the Watford African Caribbean Association ...
02/10/2021

Such a joy to attend the Black History month launch event with our friends at the Watford African Caribbean Association last night.

Their theme for this Black history month is Building a Better Future – Making the Change.

They have an exciting and extensive schedule planned for Black history month, including conversations and readings with Black authors, sessions on important health matters, a cook - a - long and a quiz.

There is also an amazing talk planned with Carol Glenn who was the first black woman to become a race official in the UK. She will have some special guests from the world of motor racing with her too !
Our friends @watfordpalace also have some special linked film showings coming up ...

More details of events will be uploaded on https://www.watfordblackhistorymonth.co.uk/ soon

Last night were treated to a sneak peek of whats to come !
We discovered more about Medicine as a Career with an inspiring lecture from the Association of Black Psychiatrist UK. We delighted in Edutainment from Usifu Jalloh – The Cowfoot Prince.

Our photo shows the fantastic Enid Saunders who shared the most beautiful and moving poetry.

We would like to thank Sir Clive Saunders OBE and his team not just for a brilliant evening, but for all the work, enthusiasm and energy they give to our Watford Community
and Black history this month and throughout the year
#WACA #blackhistorymonth #BHM #WACABHM #community #watford #hertfordshire

Today we would like to take the opportunity to reshare a wonderful poem from our post of June 22 2020 , when we celebrated Windrush Day. With thanks to Enid and WACA
The poem was written by Enid Saunders (pictured), which is from a collection of poems, stories and memories collected and published by the Watford African Caribbean Association Limited all about the life that the people who travelled on the HMS Windrush came to experience in this country.
The book is entitled Our Legacy in Our Own Words.
From Survival to Participation
In the fifties and sixties
They came in droves,
to the job stations
In response to the Motherland’s call for workers
to do the jobs the host refused
menial jobs
no one declared.
From the Caribbean isles they came leaving teaching,
policing and many trades they could not carry on
to come to England “where the str**ts are paved with gold”.
On the Windrush and Ascania they came
to land at Southampton, Plymouth and Leicester.
Distances they could not imagine
until one brother asked for a taxi from Plymouth
to Leeds.
Behind them they left husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends,
children and families they only came for five years.
to gain wealth from the Motherland
They worked with London Transport as
bus drivers, conductors, guards and mechanics.
British Rail as clerks, ticket collectors and cleaners
but many as labourers in factories and mills.
Others worked in the National Health Service as
porters, nursing auxiliaries, students and pupil nurses they did
not know the difference and no one told them.
As pupil nurses they worked hard
on wards of fifty and sixty elders,
no encouragement to change to general nursing,
A vocation which they could use on return to their
islands.
Never of Mary Seacole did they hear
Yet to nursing she gave so much.
What a surprise!
Accommodation – notices stated
no dogs
no children
no coloureds
even your own said no to Africans
One room to cook
eat and sleep.
The wet clothes dry in front of the paraffin lamp
as it heated the room
rent break your back.
Some food was cheap
pig tail, trotters, tripe the lot
yam potatoes and green bananas were non existent.
It was hard in the workplace and home.
A better life
what’s that?
Some would not be beaten,
bought houses,
went to evening classes,
obtained qualifications and better jobs.
Many letters and pounds winged their way across the ocean
husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends came,
then the children and grandparents.
Distances and separation
strained some relationships, between husbands and wives,
boyfriends and girlfriends,
parents and children,
sibling rivalry
you don’t need to tell me any more,
record your reminiscences
make your local black history.
Attitude-lazy
aggressive,
no good,
troublemakers,
are all terms used to describe us.
Let it be a thing of the past
Youths and adults
Unite
stretch out the hands,
embrace each other and participate,
don’t say
I’ll benefit
from those who fight
Young and old
respect each other.
Unity is strength
take the opportunities
to learn from each other.
Value what we have
encourage each other
it concerns you.
Participating in your community is rewarding
in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s Honours list
Some community leaders are publicly rewarded.
We won’t all be
Teachers
Members of Parliament
Councillors
Business men and women
have PhD’s
but after surviving
PARTICIPATE we must.
Leave the negative mode behind
in strange surroundings
many ended up in Educationally Subnormal Schools,
children’s homes,
or returned to aging grandparents.
Along the way some lost their identity
bleached their skin,
light skin is best,
straightened hair,
with hot comb,
and curling tongs
Children returning from school
wanted good hair
You’re prettier with straight hair
Prettier? like whom?
Be proud of who and what we are.
Be positive
Create positive images.
Don’t say ‘cornmeal, saltfish and dumpling
is poor people’s food’
Learn how to cook it
and many of the other dishes Mama made.
Encourage the children to eat it.
Keep it alive.
Be proud of your heritage.
Some are here to stay
Get involved with
Supplementary School,
The many clubs and associations,
locality planning,
community care,
Unite,
get engaged,
don’t fight each other.
Many say ‘Black History’
I know all about it
move forward
be positive.
N o to drugs
E nthusiasm to work together
G r**t others
A ttitude
T emperament
I nsularity- broaden your outlook
E xpression of self
SPELLS – NEGATIVE
P atience
O penness with others
S elf Respect –
Insurance T rust in others and yourself
I nterest yourself in what is happening
V ariety
E ncouragement to carry on
SPELLS POSITIVE

Such a joy to attend the Black History month launch event with our friends at the Watford African Caribbean Association last night.

Their theme for this Black history month is Building a Better Future – Making the Change.

They have an exciting and extensive schedule planned for Black history month, including conversations and readings with Black authors, sessions on important health matters, a cook - a - long and a quiz.

There is also an amazing talk planned with Carol Glenn who was the first black woman to become a race official in the UK. She will have some special guests from the world of motor racing with her too !
Our friends @watfordpalace also have some special linked film showings coming up ...

More details of events will be uploaded on https://www.watfordblackhistorymonth.co.uk/ soon

Last night were treated to a sneak peek of whats to come !
We discovered more about Medicine as a Career with an inspiring lecture from the Association of Black Psychiatrist UK. We delighted in Edutainment from Usifu Jalloh – The Cowfoot Prince.

Our photo shows the fantastic Enid Saunders who shared the most beautiful and moving poetry.

We would like to thank Sir Clive Saunders OBE and his team not just for a brilliant evening, but for all the work, enthusiasm and energy they give to our Watford Community
and Black history this month and throughout the year
#WACA #blackhistorymonth #BHM #WACABHM #community #watford #hertfordshire

Today we would like to take the opportunity to reshare a wonderful poem from our post of June 22 2020 , when we celebrated Windrush Day. With thanks to Enid and WACA
The poem was written by Enid Saunders (pictured), which is from a collection of poems, stories and memories collected and published by the Watford African Caribbean Association Limited all about the life that the people who travelled on the HMS Windrush came to experience in this country.
The book is entitled Our Legacy in Our Own Words.
From Survival to Participation
In the fifties and sixties
They came in droves,
to the job stations
In response to the Motherland’s call for workers
to do the jobs the host refused
menial jobs
no one declared.
From the Caribbean isles they came leaving teaching,
policing and many trades they could not carry on
to come to England “where the str**ts are paved with gold”.
On the Windrush and Ascania they came
to land at Southampton, Plymouth and Leicester.
Distances they could not imagine
until one brother asked for a taxi from Plymouth
to Leeds.
Behind them they left husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends,
children and families they only came for five years.
to gain wealth from the Motherland
They worked with London Transport as
bus drivers, conductors, guards and mechanics.
British Rail as clerks, ticket collectors and cleaners
but many as labourers in factories and mills.
Others worked in the National Health Service as
porters, nursing auxiliaries, students and pupil nurses they did
not know the difference and no one told them.
As pupil nurses they worked hard
on wards of fifty and sixty elders,
no encouragement to change to general nursing,
A vocation which they could use on return to their
islands.
Never of Mary Seacole did they hear
Yet to nursing she gave so much.
What a surprise!
Accommodation – notices stated
no dogs
no children
no coloureds
even your own said no to Africans
One room to cook
eat and sleep.
The wet clothes dry in front of the paraffin lamp
as it heated the room
rent break your back.
Some food was cheap
pig tail, trotters, tripe the lot
yam potatoes and green bananas were non existent.
It was hard in the workplace and home.
A better life
what’s that?
Some would not be beaten,
bought houses,
went to evening classes,
obtained qualifications and better jobs.
Many letters and pounds winged their way across the ocean
husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends came,
then the children and grandparents.
Distances and separation
strained some relationships, between husbands and wives,
boyfriends and girlfriends,
parents and children,
sibling rivalry
you don’t need to tell me any more,
record your reminiscences
make your local black history.
Attitude-lazy
aggressive,
no good,
troublemakers,
are all terms used to describe us.
Let it be a thing of the past
Youths and adults
Unite
stretch out the hands,
embrace each other and participate,
don’t say
I’ll benefit
from those who fight
Young and old
respect each other.
Unity is strength
take the opportunities
to learn from each other.
Value what we have
encourage each other
it concerns you.
Participating in your community is rewarding
in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s Honours list
Some community leaders are publicly rewarded.
We won’t all be
Teachers
Members of Parliament
Councillors
Business men and women
have PhD’s
but after surviving
PARTICIPATE we must.
Leave the negative mode behind
in strange surroundings
many ended up in Educationally Subnormal Schools,
children’s homes,
or returned to aging grandparents.
Along the way some lost their identity
bleached their skin,
light skin is best,
straightened hair,
with hot comb,
and curling tongs
Children returning from school
wanted good hair
You’re prettier with straight hair
Prettier? like whom?
Be proud of who and what we are.
Be positive
Create positive images.
Don’t say ‘cornmeal, saltfish and dumpling
is poor people’s food’
Learn how to cook it
and many of the other dishes Mama made.
Encourage the children to eat it.
Keep it alive.
Be proud of your heritage.
Some are here to stay
Get involved with
Supplementary School,
The many clubs and associations,
locality planning,
community care,
Unite,
get engaged,
don’t fight each other.
Many say ‘Black History’
I know all about it
move forward
be positive.
N o to drugs
E nthusiasm to work together
G r**t others
A ttitude
T emperament
I nsularity- broaden your outlook
E xpression of self
SPELLS – NEGATIVE
P atience
O penness with others
S elf Respect –
Insurance T rust in others and yourself
I nterest yourself in what is happening
V ariety
E ncouragement to carry on
SPELLS POSITIVE

We're open and ready for our first act of the WatFringe tonight at 7:30. There's a brilliant line up of events across th...
01/10/2021

We're open and ready for our first act of the WatFringe tonight at 7:30.
There's a brilliant line up of events across the fringe: https://watfringe.co.uk/
We've also got Pope’s Yard Brewery in stock for the event!

We're open and ready for our first act of the WatFringe tonight at 7:30.
There's a brilliant line up of events across the fringe: https://watfringe.co.uk/
We've also got Pope’s Yard Brewery in stock for the event!

"Thought provoking" , " a fantastic approach to collecting " and an " inspiration to the heritage industry " in general....
01/10/2021

"Thought provoking" , " a fantastic approach to collecting " and an " inspiration to the heritage industry " in general.
Just some of the comments about a talk given today by Watford Museum's own wonderful curator Sarah Priestley as part of the ongoing celebrations for #nshd21

The talk was entitled New approaches to collecting sporting heritage and we hope it will be available on YouTube soon
In her talk Sarah described the incredible work that has been done together with groups including Golden Memories, Watford Welcomes, the Watford Treasury , Proud Hornets, and Watford Womens FC to name just a few ...
It was fantastic to see and hear Geoff Wicken and Bill Hern from @pioneers_book too

Today has been an outstanding day in terms of the number of social media posts Watford Museum has created - maybe a record ??? Do you know how many ?
Have you seen our posts on Terry Challis, #internationaldayofolderpersons , #beeecreative #blackhistorymonth and #watfringe today ?
Can we make it a record day for likes, comments and shares this fantastic Friday ?

We are proud, delighted and honoured that Watford Museum is such a vibrant and inclusive part of our brilliant community in Watford and we would like to thank @sarahkerenza and her team for all they do
( apologies for any incorrect name spelling or leaving anyone out , it has been a busy but great social media day)

#proudhornets #watfordfc #watfordwomensfc #watford #hertfordshire #sportingheritage #football #goldenmemories #watfordtreasury #blackfootballpioneers ##nationalsportingheritageday2021

Free zoom  photography workshop suitable  for 11-16 year olds tomorrow 2nd October 10am - 1 pm  It is suitable for 11-16...
01/10/2021

Free zoom photography workshop suitable for 11-16 year olds tomorrow 2nd October 10am - 1 pm

It is suitable for 11-16 year olds

This is being run by our fabulous friends at @beeecreative_cio

BEEE Creative invites you to take part in a workshop with
Sam Ivin where you will learn photography techniques to express a theme/story.


Resources you will need:
A device to access Zoom and a separate device
to capture images (camera, smartphone, tablet

HOW TO BOOK
The workshop is free of charge due to funding from the Heritage Fund. If you
would like to take part please email:
[email protected]

If you are unable to take part in the online session and would like an activity pack sen
out to you instead please contact Carrie Washington: [email protected] or
call 07971 171061.

With thanks to @beeecreative_cio

#photography #saturday #beecreative #hertfordshire2020 #nationallotteryheritagefund #amplifytoday

Free zoom photography workshop suitable for 11-16 year olds tomorrow 2nd October 10am - 1 pm

It is suitable for 11-16 year olds

This is being run by our fabulous friends at @beeecreative_cio

BEEE Creative invites you to take part in a workshop with
Sam Ivin where you will learn photography techniques to express a theme/story.


Resources you will need:
A device to access Zoom and a separate device
to capture images (camera, smartphone, tablet

HOW TO BOOK
The workshop is free of charge due to funding from the Heritage Fund. If you
would like to take part please email:
[email protected]

If you are unable to take part in the online session and would like an activity pack sen
out to you instead please contact Carrie Washington: [email protected] or
call 07971 171061.

With thanks to @beeecreative_cio

#photography #saturday #beecreative #hertfordshire2020 #nationallotteryheritagefund #amplifytoday

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194 Lower High Str**t
Watford
WD17 2DT

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thank you so much to all Watford MuseumSarah Kerenza Priestley WatfordSarah Kerenza Priestley such a kind and thoughtful surprise left on the doorstep. So touched, true community spirit and kindness in action xx
Guideposts have a meeting on Dementia by June Hennell MBE tomorrow at 3pm. If you are interested please e mail me and I will send you the zoom link? [email protected] Thanks Lin xx
Tomorrow, Wed March 17th, 19.00-21.00, you can hear, on Radio Dacorum, repeat interviews with two community-involved people, beginning with Lewis Butler, who talks about the history & cultural activities of Watford Museum, followed by Victoria Hart, who describes how she works as a consultant to “capture the heart in your organisation and its people.” Both interviews feature my guest’s choice of music. Only on
Hi, I am researching the artist Burleigh Bruhl who lived in Watford until his death in 1946. I wondered whether anyone on here has any information about Mr Bruhl. There is much on the internet, but I am particularly interested in his work in Watford, his art teaching and his plays. Thank you in advance. :)
When the museum first opened my mum made most of the costumes for the mannequins. My sister was working at the townhall at the time and asked her if she would make them.
When the watford museum first opened, my mum made most of the costumes for the mannequins. My sister was working at the townhall at the time and asked her if she would make them
Community News: This exciting Facebook group, offers a fresh new look that combines events and activities with online courses and places to visit for all ages and abilities. Plus there are helplines and information for support along with local news. Updated daily this is a great way to keep up to date about what's happening in and around the Watford area. Whether you are looking for something for the family or just want something to do for a hobby, there is something for everyone in this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2668569830092389/
You’ve probably seen this but I’m sure followers of your page will be equally as fascinated as I was. This is a journey on the Met line in 1910. I’m sure you can see where it crosses the canal in Watford & what is now the ebury way.
How do you write a joint book? In ‘The Dream Speaks Back’ at the Watford Fringe, three authors reveal how they did it. Come and question Cy Henty, Sue Hampton & Leslie Tate at 3.00pm on October 4th at The Pump House, 5-6 Local Board Road, Watford WD17 2JP. In their show Cy, Sue and Leslie will describe touring with Russell Brand, growing up as non-binary and the mental health issues that went into their three-way autobiography. You can ask them anything about their stories and they’ll answer truthfully! We have 6 live places left on sale right now. More online live-streaming places will follow. For more details and booking go to
Half way through taking photos of the people of Watford on their doorsteps as a record of lock-down 2020. If you would like to be a part of this project, have a look at www.watfordoutstanding.com and email [email protected]
Asslam.o.Alaikum I am teaching online Holly Quran to kids via skype by screen sharing. One by one classes of half hour each, 20 mint for Quran lesson or Norani Qaida and 10 mint for Namaz, kalme, prayers and short surahs. 3 and 5 days classes in a week. Time of your choice. Male and female teachers available 3 days free trial classes JazakAllah If anyone interested than Inbox me. Thank you.