We have a range of exhibitions, drop-in activities and exciting events that take place in the museum and gardens. This year is the 75th Anniversary of Harlow New Town and we are hosting a series of anniversary themed events.
Come to Harlow Museum to see a range of topics showcasing Harlow’s history to its present. You can learn about the past and be educated in our evolving town as it is now and will be. Which we hope will promote conversations about how we can display contemporary history in the museum.
Pop in the Park
Sat 1st October 11:30am
The story of music in the Town Park. Focussing on the series of successful and well-remembered pop concerts at the Spurriers bandstand. With archive material, featured bands, such as Mungo Jerry, Fairport Convention, Ruby Turner and Darts.Book here
A ‘Brief’ History of Roman Coinage
Sat 8th October 1:30pm
Tells the story of the strange origins of Roman Coinage during the Roman Republic through to the end of coin use (by the Romans) in the Western Empire. The talk contains many illustrations and describes the information on Roman History and its personalities that can be gleaned from their coins.Book here
Oral History: Voices from the Past
Sat 15th October 1:30pm
Hearing the voices of those who have gone before offers a level of detail that history books can’t provide. Discover some of the hidden gems in Harlow Museum’s oral history collection and learn the basics of recording oral history within your own family.Book here
What’s in a Name?
Sat 22nd October 1:30pm
Find out the fascinating story of how places in the New Town were named, like your housing area and local roads, from the 1950s through to more recent examples.Book here
Dame Leah Manning
Sat 5th November 1:30pm
Discover Dame Leah Manning’s time as an MP, as well as her work during the Spanish Civil War, both World Wars and her passion for education.Book here
Dame Sylvia Crowe and Harlow
Sat 12th November 1:30pm
This talk looks at her important work Sylvia Crowe did in Harlow. She was one of the first women Landscape Architects, prolific author and a campaigner for the environment.Book here
Preserving the Past
Sat 26th November 1:30pm
Describes the numerous substances and processes that can attack precious Museum artefacts and the complex conservation treatments used to combat the resulting effects. This talk contains many illustrations of items undergoing conservation and the often very satisfying results.Book here
Harlow New Town – How and Why
Sat 3rd December 1:30pm
Telling the story of the origins, planning and subsequent development of Harlow New Town. Starting with the New Town Act, post war Britain in 1946, and concluding with the most recent schemes and plans.Book here
Throughout the year we offer a variety of activities at the museum or in the Walled Gardens, either drop-in or bookable workshops, see below for what’s happening now.
Tuesday 25th October
10am – 3pm, drop in
Print a carrier bag with autumn leaves and other items from nature.
Woodland Creature Masks
Thursday 27th October
10am – 3pm, drop in
Come along and create a mask inspired by our autumn woodland creatures using lots of craft materials.
Throughout the year we offer a variety of events at the museum or in the Walled Gardens, see below for what’s happening now.
Harlow75 – Party Like It’s 1947
29th October 2022
2pm in the Walled Gardens
It’s Harlow New Town’s 75th birthday, and everyone’s invited to the party! Drawn from Matipo Arts’ work within the Harlow community, Harlow75 is an energetic, silly-yet-serious portrait of Harlow; what it was, what it is, and what it could be.Book here
We have a temporary exhibition space that is regularly changing with seasonal displays, work made at our events, or to show large collections donated to us.
Technology and Communication In Harlow