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Chairman Mike Gray talks to Radio Verulam about plans for the new museum and gallery

Mike Gray, Chairman of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust talks to local community radio station Radio Verulam. Hear about what the trust does, and how we work with our partners to sustain the museum service. Also hear about plans for next year’s opening of the new city centre museum.  “Raising money for our museums and galleries”   Radio Verulam – 20 July 11am (please click the link above, it starts about 8.5 minutes in)

Finnis Scott Foundation grant helps bring fine art to St Albans

A grant from The Finnis Scott Foundation will help transform old servants’ quarters into intimate gallery spaces in St Albans Town Hall. The work is part of a £7.75 million project to transform St Albans’ Grade II* Listed Town Hall into a state-of-the-art new museum and art gallery for all to enjoy. The new museum will house a number of galleries of varying sizes, including the large Assembly Room gallery and the newly excavated vault gallery. The Finnis Scott Foundation […]

Tickets on sale for the next Ultimate Civic Disco

The 25th November 2017 sees the eagerly anticipated return of the Ultimate Civic Disco, celebrating 50 years of the Civic Disco. After a sell-out first event at The Alban Arena in March be sure to get your tickets early. Re-live the mid 1970’s with a good “old school” cheesy disco, from ABBA to the Bee Gees and everything in between! All proceeds from the event will once again go towards the St Albans New Museums & Galleries Trust. Tickets available […]

Honours Board appeal reaches over 1000 names.

Over 1,000 names have been added to the Town Hall museum ‘Walk of Fame’ as locals write themselves into St Albans’ history. Local charity the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust (registered charity no. 1051868) has been running the Honours Boards appeal since March 2016, raising money to fund the new museum and art gallery in St Albans. Donors who give £250 or more will be recognised on oak panel Honours Boards to be displayed in the new museum. This […]

St Albans Chamber of Commerce Town Hall tour

5 Directors of the St Albans Chamber of Commerce were treated this month to a behind the scenes tour of the on-going work to transform the Town Hall into a state-of-the-art new museum and art gallery. The St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust & the Museums Service shared the exciting progress taking place behind the hoardings, including the excavation of the basement gallery. Contractor Willmott Dixon have been digging down below the original foundations through what was formerly the floor […]

Debenhams Ottaway’s fundraising efforts

The Trust was delighted to receive a cheque for £2,074.00 from Louise Attrup, executive partner at Debenhams Ottaways solicitors which resulted from their fundraising efforts towards the new Museum and Gallery being created in the Town hall at the centre of St Albans.  Mike Gray, Chairman of the Trust said ” We are delighted to receive this cheque from a very supportive local firm.  We have less than £0.5m to go now, having raised £1.2m and these contributions help us […]

The St Albans Town Hall inspires scarf design

Proceeds from the sale of headscarves inspired by the St Albans Town Hall will go towards the new museum and gallery in St Albans. Artist Annie Hill has created beautiful silk crepe de chine scarfs using exquisite images from a collection of architects’ drawings dated 1823. These designs were for “A Court House and Town Hall in St Albans”. The originals are housed at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies. The 12mm silk crepe de chine gives an almost double sided effect […]

AleCraft Brewery launches New Museum and Gallery IPA

The Farmers Boy in St Albans is the first pub to stock the new museum and gallery IPA brewed by AleCraft Brewery in partnership with local entrepreneur Graham Kentsley. A % from every pint sold will go towards the new museum and gallery project. The beer launched in March 2017 at the Alban Arena for the Ultimate Civic Disco. With a pound from every bottle sold on the night going towards the new museum and gallery. £156 was raised for the […]

The Ultimate Civic Disco raises over £6,000 for the new museum and gallery

On 25 March 2017 over 1000 people attended the Ultimate Civic Disco at the Alban Arena in St Albans. The evening featured live music from popular local bands Soulfish & 2-Tone and over £6,000 was raised in support of the new museum and gallery! A series of events are taking place in 2017/2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civic Disco at The Alban Arena in St Albans. The original Civic Disco ran weekly from 1968 throughout the 70s and […]

Annual students photo competition results for 2016

The winners of the annual photo competition organised for students by the St Albans Camera Club with the Trust were chosen on the 6th December.  These and other entrants will be on display at the Cathedral’s north Transept from Sunday 8th January for two weeks. samagt-sta-camera-club-student-competiton-2016-results-awards