We have been making some exciting changes to our permanent galleries over the past few months, which have already proved popular with our visitors.
The Museum’s Made in Havering gallery, which explores the history of local brewing and manufacturing industries, has been refreshed, allowing some newly acquired artefacts to be put on display for the first time. Highlights include an ink duplicator produced by the Roneo works around 1920, and an original architect’s drawing of the Swan public house in Romford.
Anyone who visited our Mine’s a Pint exhibition earlier this year may remember a beautiful oil painting of Romford Brewery in 1860, which had been loaned by Carlsberg UK, courtesy of the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent. We are delighted to announce that this loan has been extended for at least three years, and the painting has now joined the other Brewery objects on display in the Made in Havering gallery.
With our Home Front Havering exhibition currently marking the centenary of the First World War, we have also given our permanent War & Conflict case a revamp. Featured objects range from the Second World War to the Crimean War to the English Civil Wars. The highlight of the case is a short sword blade which was recently found in the Museum’s Collections Store. Although uncatalogued and undocumented, initial research suggests it may be of Medieval origin!
Another star exhibit is our new Victorian mangle, made by J. J. Craig of Romford. It has now gone on display in Gallery 1 following a lengthy period of conservation work by the Collections Team.
Keep an eye out for more new displays over the coming months!