Memories of Upminster

A fascinating new exhibition at Havering Museum brings back fond memories of Upminster in the 1960’s and 70’s. This journey back in time in Upminster is brought to life by Sarah Hardy with a selection of her superb models of shops that had people flocking to the town.

Sarah was born in Upminster in 1956 and attended the Bell Primary School. She moved away to Essex in 1988, but her family still live in the area.

Museum volunteers Ernest Kublik and Lorraine Morris-Picton with one of Sarah Hardy’s fantastic shop models.
Photo copyright: Havering Museum Ltd

“I have wonderful memories of Upminster, my school days and shopping trips with my parents,” says Sarah. “The shops I have created bring back so many special memories.”

Among the incredible models on display are the Mermaid Fish and Chip Shop, Mr Shearn’s Chemist Shop, Murray and Sons Bakers, the Silver Horn Ice Cream Parlour and Swans Libraries, that opened in 1937, but sadly ceased trading on 18th January 2020.

“I have lived in Upminster for over 30 years and seeing Sarah’s incredible works of art have certainly made me think about how much things have changed in the area,” says Havering Museum Chair, Peter Stewart. “The exhibition will not only be very interesting to people from Upminster, but from all over Havering.”

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or call: 01708 766 571.

Open Wednesday-Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Havering Museum 19-21 High Street, Romford. RM1 1JU.

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