Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Museum of St Albans

13th June - 16th November 2014. Free admission

An exhibition about life in St Albans and our German twin town during the First World War. Find out how communities pulled together and local businesses adapted to wartime life in St Albans and Worms in Germany. Click here find out more about this exhibition.

Making Trouble | Emma Donaldson

Museum of St Albans

19th September - 16th November 2014. Free admission.

Emma Donaldson has exhibited extensively across Ireland, and UH Galleries are delighted to present her first major solo exhibition in the UK.

Donaldson introduces a series of new sculptural works and drawings. These sensitive, abstract forms have universal appeal; capturing the often ungraspable sensations and challenges with which we all grapple in daily life.

Seventies St Albans

Museum of St Albans

6th September - 5th October 2014. Free admission.

A small display of photographs from the St Albans Review newspaper archive showing the places, people and events in St Albans in the 1970s. Come along and share your memories of life in St Albans in this fabulous decade. Bring us your objects and photographs to add to our collection and help us document the 1970s for future generations.

Now extended to 5th October due to popular demand!

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. The HLF have pledged £2.8m towards the overall £6.75m budget, and have awarded a grant of £282,000 towards the initial costs in the development phase.

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.

We received formal Permission to Start for our Development Phase from the HLF in March 2014, and the project continues to move forwards towards a Round 2 submission to the HLF in Autumn 2015.

Latest developments:

- We have now begun the process of appointing architects for the project. Once appointed in Autumn 2014, the Design Team will work closely with the project team, and engage with visitors and stakeholders to develop plans for the new museum and gallery to RIBA Stage D by Summer 2015.

- Our project partners, St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, launched the renaissance: St Albans fundraising campaign to contribute towards our remaining fundraising target of £1.7m on 22 June 2014 during the Alban Weekend. Please visit the Trust website by clicking here to donate or find out how to get involved in the fundraising effort.

- We have commenced staff and volunteer workshops to begin working out the stories we might be able to tell. We look forward to sharing some of our early ideas with all of our visitors and stakeholders so you can help us make these important decisions.

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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