When: Open daily from 10am – 5pm (14th February – 31st October), and open daily 10am – 4pm (1st November – 13th February)
Where: Wardown House, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7HA
£: Free admission
What is it?
Wardown House is set to reopen on Saturday 8th April. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopened by Luton’s Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan at 12pm.
Since closing its doors in March 2016, the museum has been undergoing transformation. Gone are the traditional exhibition spaces and museum displays; now visitors can get hands-on and up close with Luton’s history.
Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian Period. Visitors can select an interactive trail to follow around the museum and browse through the rooms. Rooms include the Billiards Room with an interactive billiards table, the Morning Room with beautiful sculpted ceilings, feature fireplaces and musical instruments, and the Dressing Room and Bedroom of a Victorian lady, which overlook the impressive gardens of Wardown Park below.
The staircase is now adorned with a specially commissioned chandelier, brightening the whole hallway. The Dining Room will be offering a range of delicious food and drinks, where visitors will be able to sit in comfort overlooking the park, the perfect venue for Afternoon Tea.
Some of the displays have been revamped, such as the ever-popular Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery, which now resides on the first floor. Accessibility has been improved throughout the building too, with lift access to the first floor.
The redevelopment of the former Wardown Park Museum has cost £3.5m, with the Heritage Lottery Fund generously funding £1.8m, and other trusts funding £1.6m. The remaining amount still needs to be raised by public donations and fundraising efforts.
More info: www.lutonculture.com