Watford Museum to reopen its doors to the public this weekend
Watford Museum will be reopening its doors on Saturday 22 May, 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. The great photography shows how resilient the local community has been even throughout the pandemic.
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.
The museum has also updated its shop stock, working with local designers and crafters including Made in Watford, who have made the museum its very own custom design which is on t-shirts, mugs and badges. You can also now purchase honey from Maytree Honey, local to Watford.
Entry to the museum is still free and they have introduced new COVID-19 safety measures, such as sanitizer throughout the museum and a one-way system. You will need to wear a mask if visiting and book a time slot to enter. You can do this either by phone on 01923 232297 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum looks forward to welcoming you back!