Seldom seen mosaic on display at the Alban Arena

A 1,800-year-old Roman mosaic is to go on public view for only the second time since it was discovered 80 years ago. Archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler found the mosaic during a dig in the 1930s on the site of the ancient Roman city of Verulamium, now St Albans. Measuring 3.6 square metres, it is made up of hundreds of tiny white, brown and red tiles in an intricate design featuring many different shapes and symbols. The priceless work, once the […]

Cathedral project gets green light from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Cathedral has received wonderful news from the Heritage Lottery Fund. They have approved their round 2 application for Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story with a grant of £4m – and in doing so have given the project the green light to go forward and be realised! The Fund exists to make more people aware of the riches of our national heritage, and St Albans richly deserves to be far better known as the oldest Christian site […]

Townstone Turbos triumph at WMT LLP Scalextric night

At a Scalextric competition fundraising night, hosted by WMT LLP, the Townstone Turbos, led by Graeme Eastham ran out close winners after track tussles of an F1 standard.  Ably supported by Aitchison Rafferty and Loop Construction “the Turbos” (in name, not life) beat all others to win. WMT LLP located in St Albans are supporting the Trust as their Charity of the Year. 

Convicts & Commuters

This morning, commuters were given leaflets and, if they could stop, brought up to date by the exciting project to create a new Museum & Gallery in the iconic Town Hall of St Albans. Trustee Annie Brewster, Fundraising Officer Georgina Bawden and Arts Development Officer Chris Blanch forsook their beds to bring a smile to travellers, dressed in convict outfits, to remind everyone that the Town Hall was once used to hold prisoners before they were taken to the Court […]

Verdun Battlefield Conker tree in St Albans

Did you know that a conker was planted in St Albans that was sourced from the French battlefield at Verdun and that this year is the 100th anniversary of the battle? This horse chestnut was grown from a conker collected from a horse chestnut tree in Verdun, France; the only tree to survive the tragic battle which took place there in 1916 and obliterated the rest of the landscape. The battle of Verdun was the longest and one of the […]

Museum and Gallery moves ahead

Planning permission and listed building consent for the new £7.75 million St Albans Museum and Gallery project has been granted by St Albans City & District Council. The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed that with no objections from Historic England or a National Amenity Society the application can be approved locally. The plans are for an ambitious scheme to convert the City’s Town Hall into a new state-of-the-art museum and art gallery. Now the Council is able […]

£2.5 million National Lottery boost for Museum and Gallery project

The Heritage Lottery Fund has backed the St Albans Museum and Gallery project with a massive £2.5 million grant. The money, combined with a previous £300,000 award, will provide around a third of the £7.75 million cost of the scheme. Mike Gray, Chair of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust said “This is a great endorsement of the project and of the way the three partners have worked together to bring this scheme forward” Councillor Annie Brewster, Portfolio Holder […]

New Museum and Gallery project moves forward

Plans to transform St Albans Town Hall into a spectacular £7.75 million museum and gallery have been given a major boost. St Albans City and District Council’s Planning Referrals Committee voted unanimously to back the scheme at a meeting on Monday 16 November. They have recommended that planning permission for the alterations and change of use is given along with Listed Building consent. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, will now consider those recommendations. He is […]

Council and University join forces to boost museum project

Efforts to create a new £7.75 million museum and gallery in St Albans are benefiting from the involvement of the University of Hertfordshire. The project has become a cornerstone of a partnership agreement between the University and St Albans City and District Council. Other partners include the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust. The Council plans to turn the  Town Hall in the centre of the City into a new museum and gallery with late 2017 being the target opening […]