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Did you know that the man who designed the mosaic on St Peter’s Street above Greggs also designed the escalator and Egyptian Hall at Harrods? Or that melons were once grown in the gardens around St Peter’s Street? 
Did you know that the medieval foundations under Waxhouse Gate are nearly two and half meters thick? Or that the Clock Tower bell was rung at the start of the First Battle of St Albans in 1455?

Before St Albans Museum + Gallery was opened to the public a team of 19 fantastic museum volunteers worked on the Talking Buildings project for 4 months before all their research and fantastic talking buildings were unveiled in the hoardings surrounding the museum-to-be. Their research is now brought together on our website so you can listen to is from the comfort of your own home - or on a smart phone outside each building if you prefer!

Find out about the project in our volunteer's own words

Blog - Talking Buildings

Many thanks to:

  • our Museum Volunteers
  • the St Albans Tour Guides
  • St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society
  • the Battlefields Trust
  • St Albans Civic Society
  • St Albans Central Library
  • and everyone else who has been involved in this project.

‘Talking Buildings’ is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

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