Wardown House Museum & Gallery

Made a visit to Wardown House Museum and Gallery, which has just re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.

The museum contains several galleries dealing with the history of Wardown House and the development of Luton (including an exhibition of several hats)

The Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Regimental Museum, contained within the house, covers the history of the Bedforshire Regiment through its merger with the Hertfordshire Regiment after the First World War, and its present day formation as part of the Royal Anglian Regiment (D Company, 2nd Battalion).

The house is contained in a spacious park with plenty of trees, and worth a visit in its own right.

Admission to Wardown House Museum and Gallery is free and well worth a visit.

For more information, I recommend the web site http://www.lutonculture.com/wardown-house/wardown-house/


Watford Museum

Made an enjoyable visit to Watford Museum.

A small museum containing several galleries devoted to various aspects of Watford’s history. There are galleries with exhibits detailing the impact of printing, brewing, the two world wars and the local football on Watford’s development. The museum’s collection includes some excellent paintings, including Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.

The sections dealing with Watford in the two world wars was well displayed and contained several items of local interest. It was with Watford’s Home Guard that Jimmy Perry served, and his experiences were used by Jimmy Perry and David Croft to create the BBC TV series “Dad’s Army”.

Well worth visiting and free admission.

For more information I recommend Watford Museum’s web site at http://www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/