Dinosaurs on the rampage will be stalking Havering Museum in the High Street, Romford, on Thursday 15th February, from 11.00am-3.00pm. Don’t miss this great Family Fun Day exploring Britain’s Dinosaurs and where they roamed through crafts and quizzes. Come along and join in the rip-roaring excitement.

One £3.00 adult admission admits up to four children for FREE! But please book early as space is limited.

For more information visit the website: Email: or phone: 01708 766 571.

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Hold the front page and be prepared to be amazed at the Havering Museum, High Street, Romford, on Saturday 10th February at 1.00pm-2.30pm. Come along and meet Debbie Brady, Fleet Street’s first female Press photographer.
Debbie reveals sensational stories of her life and the people she has met and snapped…also the chance to see many of her photographs.
Tickets are £5.00 and booking is essential as there is limited availability.

For more information visit the website:
Email: or phone: 01708 766 571.

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Causing a great deal of interest at Havering Museum at the moment is a mini-exhibition marking the life and work of Humphry Repton, who succeeded famous landscape designer Capability Brown.

Repton was born on 21st April 1752 at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, but moved to Hare Street, now Main Road, in Romford in1786 because it was close to London. Among Repton’s successes was at Gidea Hall and Stubbers, now the outdoor centre in Upminster.

The display in the Museum’s reception area, includes phots of Repton’s cottage in Romford and the rare Red Book of Stubbers, dating back to 1796. He died aged 78 on 6th April 1827, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

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Titanic Exhibition volunteers required

If you are looking for a new challenge, develop your cv, or simply support a local community organisation, Havering Museum has just the opportunities for you!   We are expanding our volunteer base to host the Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition, which was featured on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show.  The exhibition about the ill-fated ship will run from the 7th April to the 1st September 2018.

Whether you’re a Titanic enthusiast, someone interested in local history, or just like interacting with others, the Museum will be able to place you with one of its friendly volunteer teams.  All new volunteers receive full training and are supported by a mentor.  New volunteers must be over the age of 16 years and able to commit to one day, morning or afternoon a week.  Both short term placements for the duration of the Titanic exhibition, and long term placements beyond September 2018 are available.

The Havering Museum is committed to providing quality volunteer placements.  Many of its volunteers have gone on to full time employment, education and training.  Several have secured employment and internships at some of the country’s most prestigious heritage organisations including the Museum of London, Buckingham Palace and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

To apply simply visit us and ask at the Reception, email or telephone 01708 766571

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Royal Palace at Havering-Atte-Bower

IMG_1178 (2)Currently on display in the Museum is a very detailed model of the Royal Palace at Havering-atte-Bower as it would have looked in all its glory during the reign of Elizabeth 1 in 1578. The Palace is standing on what is now the Village Green with St. John the Evangelist Church on the left.

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It is likely there would have been a Palace, or hunting lodge, at Havering-atte-Bower as early as the 7th Century during Saxon times. This, the first Royal Palace, would have been built by Sigeberht the Little (king of Essex 617-653), who lived in the area. It would have been a large barn-like wooden structure.

The second Palace was built by Edward the Confessor, who reigned as King of England from 1042-66. Edward gave the Manor of Havering to Harold Godwinson, who later succeeded him as King Harold. When Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Manor and Palace was taken over by the new monarch, William the Conqueror, who reigned from 1066-87.

The Palace was used by the all Kings and Queens of England until Charles 1 in 1631 when the building fell into disrepair.

  • The model was made by three members of the Romford Historical Society.
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2017 Christmas cardThe Directors and Volunteers of Havering Museum would like to wish you all a
Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

The Museum is now closed for the holiday and we will reopen at 11am on Wednesday 3rd January.

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Advent Day 20 – Wells music shop bag Late 20th Century

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

IMG_1073 (2) Located at 30 The Arcade, South Street, Romford, Wells Music Stores Ltd is another long lost Romford establishment. It was a popular music shop, but the business closed in 1996. The shop was often described on adverts as being alongside the police station, prior to the latter being relocated to Main Road in 1965. This bag is undated but presumably dates from after this time, perhaps from the 1970s or 1980s.

Donated by Julian Rawes
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