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Museum Maker News November 2017

Thursday 2nd November 2017

As part of the Wardown House redevelopment we identified several areas across the museum, where Museum Makers could co-produce and tell their own stories. Whilst the museum showcases our fantastic collections, we want to ensure that stories and memories of Museum Makers are also represented and offer a changing display for our visitors. We have set up a number of challenges for any budding Museum Maker Curators to showcase your own stories and interests and contribute to creating a changing display at Wardown House.

We have five different co-production spaces throughout the museum, each with their own theme. What stories and objects do you have that represent these themes? For our first set of co-produced displays Museum Makers displayed a photographic book on Luton ghost signs; sculptures created during art therapy sessions; shirts made as part of a first year fashion degree course and trophies and memorabilia from both cricket and football. For more information about each of the co-production spaces, click on the links below. Accept the challenge and we’ll get in touch with you to discuss your ideas for display further.

The Library – Your Collection
The Billiards Room – Celebrations and achievements
The Smoking Room – Hot topics
The Corridor – Inspired by
The Dressing Room – What we wear


Winter hours at Wardown House:

From 1st November Wardown House will be operating under our Winter hours, closing daily at 4.00pm.

What’s on at Wardown House:


Music in the Museum
Sunday 5th November
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Free, booking required

Classical musical performance in the Morning and Drawing Room.

Wardown House at Christmas
Saturday 2nd December – Saturday 30th December
Daily, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Wardown House will be getting a festive make over from 2nd December, a treat for all the family to enjoy.

Christmas Choir Performances
Saturday 2nd December | Saturday 9th December
2.00pm – 2.30pm | 3.00pm – 3.30pm

The B.I.G Hat Factory Choir are sprinkling some Christmas cheer on Wardown House! Join them for a free performance of Christmas carols in the beautiful setting of The Morning and Drawing Room.

Music in the Museum: Winter Recital
Sunday 3rd December
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Tickets, £8

Enjoy a violin and cello duo in the beautifully decorated, Christmas splendour of the Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum’s unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
The performance features two of the UK’s leading musicians, Simon Smith (Violin) and Katherine Jenkinson (Cello). Ticket price includes a pre-show hot drink and mince pie from The Dining Room, between 3 – 4pm.

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Why not start the celebrations early and treat yourself to a Christmas afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of The Dining Room at Wardown House? A great festive treat to enjoy with friends and family. For menu options, prices and booking information please follow this link, Christmas Afternoon Tea.


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