Double award win for Garden City Museum

In December 2021, the Garden City Collection were delighted to be awarded “Hertfordshire’s Museum Object of the Year Award” for their Corgi Toys Bond Bug.  The iconic car was designed by Tom Karen at OGLE – a design company based in Letchworth Garden City since 1960.

Inspired by the award win, the Garden City Collection have announced the development of a new exhibition celebrating the work of Tom Karen and OGLE, to be opened at The Museum at One Garden City in June 2022.

The exhibition will showcase designs of world-famous creations including the Raleigh Chopper, Bush TR230 Radio and Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Star Wars!

Call out for contributors

Did you work for OGLE, or know someone who did? Do you have a link to OGLE’s history? The company have been in Letchworth Garden City since 1960, and we’d love to speak to anyone who has a story, or any memorabilia that they’d like to display in the exhibition. Please get in touch with Josh on and let’s talk.

The Great Outdoors

The Garden City Collection were also delighted and honoured to receive a special “Creative Response Award” for their outdoor museum project, set up to ensure the museum could continue to operate during the lockdown.  As the world continues to adapt to post-pandemic life, the Collection has decided to continue the Outdoor Museum Project throughout 2022, in parallel with the traditional indoor exhibitions and activities.

Josh Tidy, Curator of Exhibitions and Operations at The Garden City Collection said: “2021 was such a difficult year for most of us, and it was a real boost for us to be recognised by the Herfordshire Association of Museums for our response.  Not to mention how pleased we were to get recognition for that iconic Letchworth legacy – The Bond Bug!  We’re pleased to be able to carry these successes forward into 2022 and look forward to welcoming visitors to our indoor and outdoor events and exhibitions as we get into the year.”

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