We are excited to be sharing the proposals for the new Watford Museum. We appreciate all the feedback received on these plans during autumn/winter 2023. Rest assured, we will keep you informed as these plans progress.
Using projection and sound, visitors embark on a sensory journey through Watford's history. This includes its ancient origins, the Industrial Revolution changes, and the football club's growth. The show centres on three objects:
• Pennant pub bar,
• Columbian printing press,
• Watford Observer Clock.
Voices and stories from community members will be woven throughout this immersive experience.
GALLERY TWO: SPORTING WATFORD
Incorporating fans' insights, this vibrant gallery highlights Watford's sports heroes and institutions. It features the memorable moments and diverse fan communities of Watford FC, known as the 'Original Family Club'.
The gallery also animates the town's boxing legacy and showcases individuals and clubs across all levels, from the Buxton brothers and many more.
Rotating displays allow local sports groups and amateur teams to share their stories and achievements.
WE ARE WATFORD
Gallery 3, in the former Council Committee Rooms, delves into Watford's diverse history. It aims to honour life, work, and leisure in Watford, focusing on its residents.
Your stories and artefact are crucial to making the museum distinct to Watford; so please connect with the museum team to share your experiences.
The gallery blends museum collection items with film, photos, personal narratives, and interactive elements.
It also offers room for community members and groups to curate displays that explore diverse stories and perspectives, along with newly donated objects.
HELP US SHAPE IT
We're launching a Young Curators (16-18) group and a Diversify Watford Museum panel to bring fresh perspectives into curating exhibitions.
The aim is to ensure that the museum's displays accurately represent the diverse history and present-day residents of Watford.
• The Young Curators will contribute their unique viewpoints to craft community exhibitions.
• The Diversify Watford Museum panel will work to ensure inclusivity and representation in the museum's collections and presentations.