Thomas Watters & the Spanish Civil War

Museum of St Albans, Community Gallery

15th - 30th November 2014. Free admission

We are very pleased to announce that local artist Frank Casey has recently donated a statue of Thomas Watters to the museum. Thomas volunteered as an ambulance driver during the Spanish Civil War and afterwards, settled in St Albans where he spent the next 73 years of his life. To celebrate, we are hosting a small display about Thomas and his involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Also on display is a pop-up exhibition curated by the International Brigade Memorial Trust about the role played by the International Brigades in supporting those fighting fascism in Spain.


St Albans Camera Club Exhibition

Museum of St Albans

28th November 2014 - 4th January 2015. Free admission.

A new temporary exhibition at the Museum of St Albans showcases work by St Albans Camera Club. The exhibition features the the club's favourite works from the last two years. It also showcases a selection of 40 images taken by photography students from the University of Hertfordshire and local schools.

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Bowl Skater XC Centre. Photograph by Sarah Bennett

New Museum and Gallery

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HLF funded

St Albans Museums were delighted to receive a Round 1 pass in November 2013 for the HLF application by St Albans City and District Council to create a new museum and gallery in the Town Hall, St Peter’s Street.

Round 1 development funding of £282,000 has been awarded by the HLF. The development funding will be used to develop the first stages of the project. This work will help to progress a Round 2 application for a further £2.5m towards the overall £6.75m budget.

This project forms the first stage of the Council’s development plan for culture in St Albans and District. We hope it will revitalise the service we offer in the city centre, replacing the existing Museum of St Albans and UH Galleries at our site on Hatfield Road, with a transformed new museum and gallery in the Town Hall.

Since the HLF gave us permission to start in March 2014, the project has continued to move forwards towards a Round 2 submission in Autumn 2015.

Latest developments:

- The project has reached a really exciting point. We expect to announce the appointment of architects and exhibition designers very soon.

- Once appointed, the architects and exhibition designers will work closely with the project team.  We look forward to testing out our ideas with stakeholders before finalising the designs during Summer 2015.

- Our project partners, St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, launched the renaissance: St Albans fundraising campaign to contribute towards our fundraising target of £1.7m by Summer 2015. The campaign has already received some significant contributions, but we still need your help. Please look out for a number of fundraising and event activities coming up this Autumn. To donate or find out how to get involved in the fundraising effort, visit the Trust website by clicking here.

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UH Galleries at The Museum of St Albans   

 The University of Hertfordshire Galleries’ space at the Museum of St Albans is located in the first room on the right as you enter the museum. UH Galleries holds five exhibitions per year in this space, including the annual Hertfordshire Open Exhibition.

UH Galleries are among the most innovative contemporary art spaces in the UK, and have been responsible for a programme of internationally successful and critically acclaimed exhibitions. With two dynamic galleries – one within the Museum of St Albans and the other, the Art and Design Gallery, located on the University’s College Lane campus in Hatfield – we present international contemporary art to the local community and wider audiences, in both traditional and challenging ways.

 Our Aims

UH Galleries aim to offer artists and makers from all disciplines in the early stages of their professional careers significant exhibition and associated publishing opportunities. We hope to provide local audiences with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art and discover an array of surprises and perhaps hidden interests in our varied and vibrant programme of exhibitions.

Working with the Local Community: Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches has marked itself out over the last eleven years as the definitive annual showcase for local artistic talent and last year over one hundred artists from across the Eastern Region submitted work. Taking place during the month of December at the Museum of St Albans, this exhibition provides local artists with a valuable opportunity to display their work. The first prize of a solo exhibition with UH Galleries, as well as other substantial prizes, represents our investment in the artistic life of the Eastern Region's wider artistic community.

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UH Galleries, Lindop Building, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB