Welcome to the Archive

Thank You TescoThe Friends once again have been able to support the Museum by working with Tesco who have provided funds to buy a projector for the Museum.   

Who is Best Family Venue? - We are!

We have just returned from the Havering 2011 Business Awards ceremony sponsored by Romford Recorder  and are so pleased to announce that Havering Museum has won Best Family Venue. Thousands of people voted and the Musseum gained 57% of the votes.  We would like to thank everyone for voting and look forward to welcoming you to the Museum. See Museum News for more details.

Just like the Museum we have items that have to make way for new things. This page is where we put some of our items for you to enjoy again.

Artists Rifles The Mayor of Havering, praised the work and professionalism of the exhibition team who put together the Art and War exhibition on Saturday 1st October. 


Those hands that do dishes... A new dishwasher now graces the kitchen in the museum. Although some may think it is the Appliance of Science, it certainly brought a smile to Pamela when she tried it out. Generously donated by the Friends this achieves the successful outcome of a lot of hard work. It will certainly help with the clearing up after events which involve teas and coffee.
Well done everyone. 

Tesco Community Fair This was Tesco's first Community Fair, which was a great success. 23 local charities and community groups enjoyed a day in the sun meeting Sunday shoppers and promoting their good causes. Ellen and Peter from the Museum hosted the Museum stand had great fun telling stories to the stories with the collection of puppets and promoting the Teddy Bear Picnic on 24th August. Even the Mayor stopped by for a chat and reserved tickets for a talk. 

Brighton 'Rocks'

A group of Haverings 'rockers' decended on Brighton to soak up the sun, sea, wind and rain. Some headed to the museum and pavillion initially, before exploring what Brighton has to offer. To find out what the Friends really got up to and see the photos go to the gallery.

Essex - Murder most Foul

Linda Stratmann, author of many books on crime, will be at the Museum talking about Essex Murders on Wednesday 6th July at 6.00 p.m. 

The Gidea Park Exhibition Estate - Centenary Celebration

Friday, 10th June was a great night when the Museum launched the first of its temporary exhibitions, which was locally researched and produced. It was a most enjoyable evening at the Museum.

The exhibition was formally opened by Leslie Newey, Chairman of the Gidea Park and District Civic Society. Our photograph captures Leslie, cutting the ribbon supported by Joyce Leicester, Secretary to the Society, Elizabeth and Simon.

Party, Party, Party

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself. The first Anniversary of the opening of the Museum provided a chance for guests to enjoy a convivial hour or two together. See Friends News for further details of how the party goers enjoyed the first anniversary of the Museums opening.

History Fairs well at Valence House

The Friends represented the Museum at the Valence House History Fair. The weather attracted a good turnout with attractions including bands playing on the lawn and informative talks on many subjects.

Taking the opportunity to promote the Museum outside the borough Ellen said that 'It has been a long day but very worthwhile.' .

Friends Farm - Fantastic 

The Friends had their first outing of the Summer to Barnards Farm in Horndon. It was hailed a Great Success and 'Fantastic'. The farm arranged a private visit for us and we were able to roam the Gardens and view the sculptures. 

Mayor of London Mr B Johnson visits 'Wonderful Museum'

 On Thursday 5th May 2011 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson paid a brief visit to our Museum. Elizabeth Neathey, the Curator, along with volunteers and many Friends had a chance to personally meet Mr Johnson. Elizabeth escorted him around the Museum and he showed great interest in the Collections.

Photo courtesy Ellen Owen © 2011

Friends Farm - Fantastic


The Friends had their first outing of the
Summer to Barnards Farm in Horndon. It was hailed a Great Success and
'Fantastic'. The farm arranged a private visit for us and we were able
to roam the Gardens and view the sculptures. Further details in Friends News and our Gallery Page of Photos.

Photo courtesy Ellen Owen © 2011Beating the Winter Blues 

Eastbury Manor House was the perfect place for our January visit.
Saved from demolition and purchased by The National Trust in 1918, it has
since undergone several stages of restoration and refurbishment.  Now
this beautiful Tudor country house is a
popular local amenity managed by The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Various historic events, such as the Gunpowder Plot have links to Eastbury House.

It is open to visitors every Monday and Tuesday (except Bank Holidays), and on the first and second Saturday of each month.
For further information go to: www.lbbd.gov.uk/MuseumsAndHeritage/EastburyManorHouse

It is said that Eastbury House is home to many ghosts. It has been the subject of much Paranormal research. On Thursday 7th April, in the Museum, paranormal investigator Gillian Trench, will share her experiences and show photographs, which include evidence of paranormal
activity at Eastbury House.

Come and see for yourself.

  (Published 26 March)

Maisie Turns the Tables

Maisie Whitelock, former Mayor, held her Birthday party at the Museum, and, rather than a present for herself asked for donations to the Museum. This generous act raised £295 which has been used to buy new tables for the learning centre. Many Happy returns Maisie.

Our picture shows Maisie opening her 'present' . 

Brian Evans  : Three Hundred not out

Brian Evans, Vice Chairman of the Friends has reached the three
hundred pound target and is still batting away at the crease, raising
funds for the Museum. If only the England team were as good.