What’s On

We have a range of exhibitions, drop-in activities and exciting events that take place in the museum and gardens. See below for more information.


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.

Make a Peg Doll

Tuesday 14th February

10am – 3pm, drop in

Using inspiration from the museum’s textile collection create your own peg doll.

Design a Metropolitan Ware plate

Thursday 16th February

10am – 3pm, drop in

See our wonderful display of Metropolitan Ware made in Potter Street, then create your own plate.

Follow our Animal Trail

Saturday 18th February

10am – 3pm, drop in

The museum has lots of animals related objects, can you follow our trail and find them all?


We have a temporary exhibition space that is regularly changing with items uncovered from our stores, we also have seasonal displays, work made at our events, or show large collections donated to us.

Technology and Communication In Harlow

Our new exhibition will feature technology and communication over the years. Highlighting how the various devises, like TVs, cameras and radios, have all lead to the smartphone which many of us now carry around in our pocket. Did you know that Charles Kao and George Hockham discovered that data could be transmitted along glass fibres at STL in Harlow? This provided the groundwork for fibre optic telecommunications, which forms the backbone of the modern internet.


Throughout the year we offer a variety of events at the museum or in the Walled Gardens, see below for what’s happening now.

Coming up in the new year… we will have Coronation and Summer events, to be confirmed.

Museum at Home

If you’ve enjoyed your visit to the museum why not download one of our free printable activity sheets you can do at home.

Make Your Own Pin Hole Camera

In the 16th century, some artists used a ‘camera obscura’ (Italian, meaning ‘dark room’) with a small opening, and later a lens which would project an image of the brightly lit outside scene into the camera. A pinhole camera uses this same principle on a much smaller scale, ask for a work sheet if you are interested in making one at home.

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Binary Code Challenge

Decode a message written in Binary code, and even write your own coded message. Binary code is how computers use and transfer data. Invented in 1689 by Gottfried Leibniz, it is still essential to programming today.

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Make Your Own Telephone

Make a simple telephone and communicate using vocal vibrations.

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Be A Digital Camera

Did you know that digital photographs are made up of coloured pixels, and the colours that they are are coded in binary? Use binary code to colour the pixels in the image, what do you see when you have finished? could you make your own pixel image?

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Make A Movie

Enjoy watching your own moving image by making a zoetrope, experiment with your own image ideas.

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Past Exhibitions

Explore past exhibitions from the museum.

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