An Historical Crime and Policing Exhibition launch

On Saturday, 14 January 2017 the Friends of Metropolitan Police launched their Historical Crime and Policing Exhibition , which runs from 14 January to Saturday 25 March 2017.  Marion James and Barry Walsh of the Friends researched and gathered and now exhibit Police artefacts and historic documents, some of which have not been seen before.
The exhibition was launched by Glenn Chandler, playwright, screenwriter, novelist who perhaps is most famous for writing the TV series Taggart.  Glenn also gave a talk and later signed copies of his book The Sins of Jack Saul.  Attendees also had the opportunity to meet author Alan Moss, a retired Police Chief Superintendent, who served 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service.  Alan has written several books, including Scotland Yard’s History of Crime in 100 Objects and co wrote several other books.    
In the afternoon Gary Ayton, retired Forensic Detective and current day international trainer in forensics gave a fascinating talk.  Gary was a detective in the Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard from 1983 to retirement in 2014. He investigated major and serious crimes including Homicide, Terrorism, Fraud and Serious Sexual offences.
Plans are in place to launch a series of crime talks in February and March to support this exhibition and Havering Museum will welcome back Glenn, Alan and Gary in addition to several other crime writers.



Speakers and Met. Police Friends exhibition team. Right to left Ellen Owen, Havering Museum, Gary Ayton, Intl Forensic Trainer, Barry Walsh Met Pol. Exhib. Team, Marion James, Met Pol. Exhibit team leader, Glenn Chandler, Author and playwrite and Chris.


Alan Moss

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Takeover Day at Havering Museum

Back in November, one Saturday morning, Havering Museum was taken over by local children from the 12th Romford Brownies and 3rd Squirrels Heath Cubs along with other local children who were visiting the museum visiting with their parents.

Havering Museum was pleased to be able to take part in Kids in Museums Takeover Day on 19th November 2016. This is an annual event where children and young people are encouraged to takeover roles in museums and galleries for the day to participate in the life of the museum. Havering Museum has previously held our own takeover days with our  children’s club Havering Hedgehogs, but this year the event was extended to include other local children.

The preparation for the big day had been ongoing for some months. We were contacted by two uniform groups who were interested in taking part and also several parents also got in touch to say that their children wanted to be involved. So in an attempt to include everyone, the Directors decided that the whole day would be a free entry event and this was kindly sponsored by Clemence Hoar Cummings LLP.

On the day the children enjoyed taking over several different roles in the museum. They worked on the front desk to greet visitors and take those important phone calls. They became young Conservators and worked with our volunteer Connor to take part in some object handling  and became tour guides learning about the different objects on display in the museum. Of course biscuits and juice were provided for the all important snack break!

All of the museum volunteers were very impressed with the young people who enthusiatically embraced the roles in the museum. We think that some day some of these young people could be working in museums themselves.

Many thanks also to all of the volunteers who helped out throughout the day and put in so much effort to make the youngsters feel welcome.


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The Role of Museums in the Community

As part of our work experience and intern programme, participants are asked to critically think about what the role of a museum is in the community. Hopefully, after spending a week or two with us, they have a better idea of what museums should and can do. Here is our recent work experience student’s assessment:
A museum is somewhere that stores and exhibits objects of historical, scientific, artistic and cultural interest. The main role of the Museum is to provide information and preserve items.
I think museums can play a vital role in the community as they provide us with key information on what or who has made a town or city the way it is today.
A museum allows you to see how people lived many years ago. You are able to see how fashion has changed, how styles in homes has changed, and how local industry has changed.
Museums are valuable to the community as they not only hold local history, but attract tourists and visitors from elsewhere. This means the whole community benefits.
Today, many are Museums are largely charity based organisations which rely on public and business funding. This encourages wider community engagement, whereby mutually beneficial partnerships can be formed between museums and local businesses.
Chloe Bugela, Barking & Dagenham College student.

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My Favourite Object

Football Boots Worn By John Aldborough

Two of our recent work experience placement students both chose the football boots on display in Gallery One as their favourite object. Here are two very different perspectives on the same item:
The boots resonate with me as a football fan who has a keen interest in local clubs. The current Romford FC all-time leading goal scorer is also the brother of a very good friend of mine.
To see local sports being celebrated is fantastic, even though the old Romfordians were not a top club, it’s good to see the efforts of local boys being rewarded and remembered. Also, I retain a keen interest in the history of football, so to see a pair of the kind worn sixty years ago, in comparison to the ridiculous, over the top boots players use today is an eye opener.
Celebrating ‘lower level’ local sports teams accomplishments is the reason I mainly enjoy the boot on display in the sports and recreations case.

Matthew Heddle. Undergraduate student, University of Kent.
In the Museum, are many items which capture my eye. Each object dares me to know more. However, among the varied artefacts, my favourite object is the pair of football boots worn by Johnny Alborough in 1952.
Though haggard and worn, these boots stand with pride and prodigy, as if the legendary blade soaked in the blood of Lucifer, with crimson ravines teaming from its vivacious steel. Scars and cuts are marbled on each boots leather, representing the bravery of the one who possessed these potent weapons of ruthless dominance. Johnny Alborough managed to score 53 goals in only 24 games. Evidently, he was one of the best of his time.
Despite this, the fascinating point is, that as Johnny Alborough scored his goals, and did what he loved, he was oblivious to the script that he was writing, he was unaware that he was the artist of his own legend, that one day, someone like me 64 years on would write about him.

Henry Fisher, a Marshall Park student.


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Object of the Month March 2016

Edward Stephen Hudson memorial plaque

Edward Stephen Hudson was born in Canning Town in 1891 but his surviving relatives lived in Havering. He enlisted in the 7th Battalion, King’s Rifle Corps, on 9th November 1914. This was one of Lord Kitchener’s service battalions which, similar to the pals’ battalions, were initially made entirely of volunteers. Together they created the “New Army” to reinforce the beleaguered regular army which had been sent to France in the summer of 1914. Edward was mobilised in May 1915, landed in Boulogne on the 19th and saw action in Ypres. Sadly he was killed soon thereafter, though precisely what happened will remain a mystery. His enlistment record states the Army Council decided he was “to be regarded for official purposes” as having died on or since the 30th July 1915. At this date the battalion was involved in the Ypres Salient around Hooge, an area subject to constant heavy shelling. Edward was just 23 years old. This memorial plaque, also known as a “death penny” or “dead man’s penny” was given to his mother after the war and came with this letter from Buckingham Palace.

Donated by Wendy Neal.


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Directorship Role at Havering Museum

Role: Director with specialism in law.
Remuneration: None. Voluntary.
Hours: Approximately 50 hours + a year. Attendance of a monthly Board. Meeting held on Thursdays.
Location: Greater London, Romford.
Closing date: 30th April 2016.

Havering Museum celebrates the rich heritage of the London Borough of Havering. It opened in May 2010, thanks to the dedication of local people and a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant. The Museum is independent and Volunteer led. Its aim is to engage the local community with its history through displays, talks, events and school sessions.

Its Board are looking for a highly motivated individual with a successful track record in law to act in an advisory capacity & and ensure its legacy for future generations. This role is ideal for either a current or retired legal Practitioner.

Applicants that can also demonstrate the capacity to actively contribute to the Museum Business or Events Programme will be favourably considered.

For more information and how to apply to be considered as a member of the Board please contact the Chairman by post: The Chairman, Havering Museum, 19 – 21 High Street, Romford Essex, RM1 1JU. Or by email; 017008 766571 Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 17:00 pm.HaveringMuseumLogoBackground

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My Favourite Object

Havering Museum is a volunteer led museum which prides itself on its volunteer training programme, particularly the under 21 Mentor Training Scheme. We like to encourage young people on this scheme and help them to develop their skills for use in the museum, which can be a great asset to them in their future endeavours.

As part of the Under 21 Front of House Mentor Training Scheme, participants are asked to complete a Favourite Object Exercise which encourages them to critically think about the Museum’s collections. Ryan Montgomery is one of our Saturday Front of House Volunteers and has recently completed the Under 21 Front of House Mentor Training Scheme. As part of the programme, Ryan has written about his favourite object in Havering Museum which Ryan has kindly shared with us as part of our Havering Museum News and also on our blog. We are always on the look out for talented and enthusiastic young people to join as volunteers so if you are interested please contact the museum for further information.

Romano-British Cremation Urn, Second Century.

Among all the artefacts on display at the Museum, my favourite object is the Romano-British Cremation Urn, which dates from the second century CE. I chose this object for several reasons: firstly, although it is something which was simply part of everyday life & death in Roman Britain, the Urn is a poignant reminder of the fact that we have changed very little in almost 2000 years; we still seek to remember and bury our dead as the native Britons did all those years ago. Secondly, the Urn gives us a fascinating insight into life in Roman-occupied Britain. Whilst the Urn was seemingly buried in traditional Celtic fashion, the fact that a cremation took place tells us that the person whose remains once occupied the Urn was able to afford an expensive Roman custom such as cremation, so suggesting that they were living comfortable lives under Roman rule. Again, the fact that the pottery found with the Urn is most likely British, not Roman, in its design & origin, shows us that although the Empire was in control of ‘Britannia’ by this time in history, strong Celtic communities and traditions still survived throughout the island, allowing everyday people to lead their lives in a way that was neither wholly Roman, nor completely Celtic, but rather unique.

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