Letchworth museum reopens with family art and crafts sessions

On Saturday 24 October, Museum at One Garden City will reopen, after closing its doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first in a series of family art and crafts sessions.

The fun micro-museum explores the history of the world’s first Garden City through the stories of its people, showcasing fascinating objects and photographs from the Garden City Collection, Letchworth’s archive and museum store.

The museum will be open every Saturday 10am – 5pm and is free to enter. New displays will feature objects from the Collection, a mini-exhibition on the Inter Works Sports League and some evocative 1960’s cine film of Letchworth.

Museum Curator Josh Tidy said: “We are so excited to welcome back visitors to our museum space and to be hosting this great event for families in our adjoining learning space."

Museum with kids
Museum at One Garden City

“With people travelling less and spending more time in their hometowns due to COVID-19 restrictions, we hope the museum gives the local community a chance to learn about this great town and its history! We’ve worked hard to ensure the museum is safe for everyone; there’s still plenty to see and do, including fun trails for little ones and our wonderful Instagram-friendly mid-century modern living room full of stunning Meredew furniture.”

The Letchworth Learning arts and crafts event will take place every Saturday from 11am—4pm in the newly created learning space next to Museum at One Garden City. The theme for the first art club will be ‘Autumn and The Changing Seasons’ with visitors producing pieces of art to take home. This will not be the only chance to take advantage of this activity as Letchworth Learning and the Museum at One Garden City will run these sessions each Saturday, including Saturday 31 October where families are encouraged to come in spooky clothing or fancy dress for the Halloween themed session.

Social distancing, additional cleaning and other COVID-19 secure measures have been implemented to ensure a safe visit for everyone.  This means the space will accommodate a maximum of 24 people in bubbles of six or less.

There will be a new theme every week, with multiple activities for different abilities! Art materials will be supplied, with new items brought out for every session. All participants will need to bring a mask.

This event will also become part of the October Half Term Letchworth Learning at home activities in partnership with Groundwork and Hertfordshire Community Foundation. The printable pack and videos will be online and free to access from Thursday 22 October here.

More details and booking information can be found at letchworth.com/learning or the Museum at One Garden City Facebook page.