The Watford Museum will be reopening its doors to the public this weekend.
The museum will reopen on Saturday May 22, after an abundance of work was undertaken by the team and Watford Borough Council to update the Space2 gallery and the museum’s ever-growing collection, as well as implementing new safety measures in line with COVID-19 guidelines.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the collection of Cassiobury portraits which are being displayed once again, along with some other paintings, such as Watford’s very own Turner, who painted a view of Cassiobury House.
Objects related to Cassiobury and the Earls of Essex, including their coronets and keys to Cassiobury House have also been put out for display in the Cassiobury gallery.
The museum’s first foyer exhibition is a collection of artworks by local residents who entered into a competition organised by Brick by Brick to celebrate Black History Month during lockdown titled COVID and Me. In the foyer, you can also see Watford FC’s promotion trophies which are on loan from Watford FC.
Space2, the contemporary art gallery, will reopen with an exhibition from Marcus Jamesion-Pond of portraits of people during lockdown entitled Watford Out/Standing, along with further works, which are being displayed from Sue Alexander of key workers.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Protecting our town’s heritage is so important and I am delighted we will be reopening our fantastic museum.
“It’s a great asset to the town and with all work which the museum team have undertaken behind the scenes, I would encourage everyone visiting to stay safe and find out more about Watford’s history, including some of the real gems of the town’s history on display.”
During the closure, both the Cassiobury and foyer gallery were also completely refurbished to further enhance the museum’s cultural offer.
These works are part of a larger piece of refurbishment which will see further parts of the museum improved later this year.
You will need to wear a mask if visiting and book a time slot to enter.
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