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On this page we look at happenings at the Museum

Specially Commissioned Cups in Museum Shop

The Museum has a stock of specially commissioned cups available to purchase.

The cups feature street scenes of Romford and are only available from the Museum. They cost only £4.99 each, and will be antiques of the future.

Perfect presents for those Special Days.

Royalty Launched

Bunting, rousing music and a Royal Celebration.  Yes this was the launch of the museum’s latest exhibition, Royalty in Havering on Saturday 14 April.   This is a fabulous exhibition and the result of the hard work of 4 hard working and talented volunteers, Matthew Abel, Chloe Branwhite, Cherelle Nighingale and Tracey Austin.  The team spent nearly a year researching the connections of past Kings and Queens to Havering and current day visits by members of the royal family.

Alexander Wilde wrote two poems to mark the opening of the exhibition and performed them just before the exhibition team opened the exhibition to the VIP guests and public.  6 year old Grace Charnick, dressed as a princess, and became the museum’s young reporter of the day.  Grace took lots of pictures, videoed the opening and wrote about the launch. 
In her article she said “The exhibition is really nice and the exhibition team worked really hard and are glad it is now open.  I like all the pictures and playing the game about Kings and Queens.  I think all schools should come and see the exhibition. “

The exhibition is very colourful with lots of brilliant photographs about royalty together with exhibition cases packed with exhibits like.  

There is a programme of half term activities; Tudor Family Fun on Friday 18 May, which explores life in Havering’s Tudor palace – 4-6pm;  Royalty in Havering, which explores the stories, on Thursday 7 June 1-2pm and a second chance to attend Tudor Family Fun session on 8 June, 1-2pm.

For those of you that love your history come and listen to the tales of Royal Ghosts, where they are and that they are getting up to!!

The exhibition is on until Saturday, 23 June.    

On Friday, 13th January 2012, the museum launched its latest exhibition, Crime and Punishment. This was a great evening, which was opened by the Deputy Lieutenant of Havering, Mark Bryant. On the Saturday the Mayor, Councillor Melvin Wallace opened the exhibition to the general public. This picture shows the exhibition team, Chloe, Lois, Ellen and Peter with Ian, Laura with the Deputy Lieutenat and the Mayor. 


Award Winner - Best Family Venue 2011

The Museum  has won the Best Family Venue Award in the Havering 2011 Business Awards. Sponsored by Romford Recorder

Having gained over 57% of the votes cast in the public poll. Celebrity Ali G  look alike posed with  Director Ellen Owen and Stephen Keogh, Business Development Officer for the Museum. (Ali G is in the yellow outfit).  Our photo shows the award, which will be on display in the Museum, together with our certificate.

Interviewed by Time FM Radio Ellen and Stephen gave credit to the tremendous work of the Volunteers, Staff and Board and thanked the many people who voted for the Museum.

Natwest Community Force Project

This is Stanley Kaplin. He fought in North Africa, landed at Anzio and Normandy. He carries the scars of battle.

We want to record the memories of people like Stanley and other members of the community so that future generations know about history from those who made it. If we get enough votes Natwest Community Force may fund recording equipment for us.

To support this aim vote for us at http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/5212  

Volunteers Visit Valentines

Havering Museum volunteers visited Valentines Mansion on Tuesday 10th May.

Eleanor, one of the guides at Valentines told the group of the history of the house, from construction in the 17th century on Valentines farm, to it being used by Ilford council as offices to nearly becoming a pub!.


   The gardens were a magnificent spectacle with the rose garden a delight to both eye and nose. Much work has been carried out in restoring the house and gardens to there present state.

On a wonderfully sunny day tea and cake were taken in the garden cafe, with every calorie being thoroughly enjoyed.

Inside we saw how  the house may have looked when occupied, with state of the art kitchen range and the sounds of the household at work. Additionally artwork and temporary exhibition brought further interest to the visit,  

Mayor Of Havering 

Councillor Pam Light, brought colleague Mayors from other Boroughs to the Museum and told them of the areas rich history.

Our photo shows Councillor Light (centre) with the other Mayors on the Bench.

Small Change

The Museum is displaying a collection of coins for the Numismatic society. It concentrates on 'small change' and ways of making payment when you didn't have any.

Other Events and Activities in the Museum

                        Art Workshop for adults
                        Card Making

                        Friday Reminiscences

For full details visit the Museum web site