Clarion Collection Hotel Cromwell Stevenage
High Street, Old Town
Stevenage, EN SG1 3AZ
Phone: (44) 0 1438779954
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Arts & Museums
Going back to school can be such a thrilling experience. The British Schools Museum shows you why. Based in some magnificent Edwardian and Victorian school buildings, this educational museum will take you back to 1837 when it was a major learning center for 200 boys and a 100 girls. Several vividly designed classrooms are well-preserved along with a rare galleried classrooms and the headmaster's room. It holds a huge collection of items relating to the history of education. Two important collections are the Jill Grey Collection and the Benchmark Collection. The museum also contains various exhibitions and lets you, on certain days, be a part of a Victorian classroom.
The Wardown Park Museum is a wonderful museum in Wardown Park, Luton is dedicated to Bedfordshire’s traditional crafts. Hat-making and lace-making being the two most popular crafts of the town, the museum boasts of a vast collection of over 600 women’s hats and a detailed gallery exhibit called 'Threads of Life' showcasing the craft of producing lace and samples of Bedfordshire lace. Other features of interest in the fascinating museum include decorative artwork and beautiful Saxon jewelry. The museum is housed within a stunning Victorian estate complete with a lush green lawn which itself merits a visit. The museum is also home to a quaint little shop which comprises an extensive array of Dolls House Furniture and various other books and memorabilia regarding local history. Visitors can stop for a beverage and some treats at the Tea room within the mansion.
Formerly known as Stockwood Park Museum, Stockwood Discovery Centre underwent a refurbishment and reopened in 2008. Located a few miles away from the town center, the Stockwood Discovery Centre hosts exhibitions that displays collections on geology, archeology, local crafts and history. The museum is surrounded by period gardens that add to its splendor. Apart from this, Stockwood Discovery Centre is also held as one of the finest event venues of the town. It hosts corporate events, seminars and other gatherings on a regular basis. Check website for more details.
The Mossman Collection is a museum that houses the work of George Mossman of Caddington who built, restored and drove several horse-drawn carriages over 50 years. All his collections were donated to the museum in 1991 and can be viewed by people, free of charge in the Stockwood Discovery Centre. It is the biggest collection of its kind in the country. The landua from the 18th Century and barouche from the 19th Century are very unique and unusual vehicles which well preserved in the center.
Mill Green Museum is found on the site of a watermill that is more than a thousand years old. Undoubtedly, the main highlight of the Mill Green Museum is the fully operational watermill. Dating back to the 18th Century, this watermill has been restored completely and lies next to the Mill Green Museum. A visit to the watermill allows you to understand the entire operational process, right from how the water turns the wheel to the mighty gear wheels moving the stones and grinding flour. Today, this water-powered corn mill at Mill Green Museum remains one of the few of its category that still produce flour.
Tucked away on the side of the road, the ancient Hertford Museum is the pride and joy of the city of Hertford. Ever since 1903, since when it first opened, this museum has housed objects of all kinds that reflect the region's heritage and culture. With several events organized through the year, the museum makes sure to garner and hold the interest of the people. What's more, a lot of these events are also free entry, encouraging people to attend it. Check website for details.
Founded in 1898, Museum of St Albans makes an attempt to capture the essence of St Albans and put forth a complete picture to visitors. The displays, objects, charts and paintings depict the lives of locals way back in medieval age. It traces the amazing growth of this town from a small village to a now modern city. Apart from the local history, the museum also hosts contemporary exhibits and events that cater to different age groups. The adjoining garden is also quite an attraction with its beautiful lawns and a special kids trail. For more details, check website.
The Verulamium Museum near the Saint Michael's church comprises of archaeological collections from excavations throughout the region showcasing the history of the town during the Iron Age and Roman era. These include the colorful mosaics, jewelery, tools and coins from the Roman era. Call to know more.
The Shuttleworth Collection is a large collection of old and esteemed planes. Belonging to the Shuttleworth family, the planes are on display at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Planes made way back during the 1900's can be found here. Visitors are treated to an air display. Models such as Sopwith Triplane, Hawker Tomtit, Gloster Gladiator are just some of the numerous planes on display. There are also old motorcars, dogcarts, and several other treasured automobiles that are off the roads now. No where will you get to see such a large collection of planes. Acknowledged as one of the best airplane museums in the world, it's a must visit.
The Henry Moore Foundation was set up in 1977 to promote visual art. Apart from preserving Henry Moore's art works and research, they also organize various events and exhibitions. They have a center in Herts, the Henry Moore Perry Green, which along with the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds make up for the Foundation. The Henry Moore Foundation also provides grants to a number of organizations all over the UK.
Formerly known as the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre is a stunning aircraft museum that features an impressive collection of airplanes that were used during the second world war. The museum's displays center around the de Havilland Mosquito prototype that was a favorite airplane, thanks to its versatile use. For those who love to explore the technology and mechanisms of war aircraft, the collection at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre is truly a treat to the eye. Check website for further details.
The Political Cartoon Gallery displays a wonderful range of political cartoons and caricatures. It is the only place of its sort in the world. It covers the whole history of political cartooning from its onset till the present. It also has short term exhibitions concentrating on specific topics and hosts the political cartoon-of-the-year awards. They have plenty of original cartoons for sale and can search their database for specific cartoons. There are also books and coffee mugs on sale, alongside a small cafe. The low entrance fee is refundable on the purchase of an item on display.