This special exhibition showcases work by students and ex-students from Middlesex University’s illustration department, who will use the medium of graphic novels to bring the stories of the home front to life. Research into local police records of the period has uncovered some fascinating, humorous and challenging stories illustrating life at home for ordinary people and the police, as well as soldiers back from the trenches.
Art Space ‘The Fastening glance’ by Michael Cook mix media drawings 15th -29th September 2014 FREE ENTRY We are pleased to host another versatile exhibition by Michael Cook. His amazing hand painted diaries will whisk you away to scenic Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cornwall and Essex. Hurry up, the summer is not over just yet!
Can you believe that in the 19th century there were over 50 pubs and beer houses in Bishop’s Stortford? Museum Curator Sarah Turner will provide you with an amazing insight into the history of some of the pubs and beer houses and the brewing and malting industry of the town. She will also regale you with some salacious stories about the landlords and their clientele! For example, did you know that ‘The Saracen’s Head’, now a delightful teashop, once had a brothel upstairs?
This is the story of his uncle, also called James Nicholson, who was the only fighter pilot to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the whole of WW2. His was for action at the height of the Battle of Britain and this story touches both the event itself and the politics around the award and the subsequent impact t had on him and his family.
Ruth and Dave are back, with some exciting new stories and the results of their recent investigations at locations in and around Bishop’s Stortford. This is your chance to catch up with the latest ghostly goings on around the town to hear ghost hunter Dave Lee and authour or Haunted Hertfordshire Ruth Stratton talk all about ghosts.
Twisted Events Theatre Company and Thorngrove Primary School present stories from the beat. The school and theatre company have been working together to tell the story of a policeman’s beat in Bishop’s Stortford during WW1.
In 1916 you could have been imprisoned for refusing to join the military – the men who stood on their consciences suffered terribly, but their stories provide a fascinating insight into the mood of the time and the bravery of those who went against it.
Poetry and song were a way of expressing the horror of war and humorously reflecting on it. Join us for an insightful evening and the different perspective given through word and music.
Enjoy a free glass of mulled wine whilst you enjoy the story of the fraudulent mediums. In the 19th and early 20th century there was a deep interest in mediumship and spiritualism. Some people took advantage of this. This is the story of some of the false mediums of the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the tricks they used and how they fooled thousands of people.