Wardown Park Museum, Luton
Wardown Park Museum
Wardown Park Museum traces the heritage of Luton and the surrounding area, with particular focus on the history of Luton as a centre for hat making and lace. The lacemaking heritage is displayed in the 'Threads of Life' Gallery, showcasing examples of locxally produced lace and textiles dating to the 17th century and examples of work by local, modern artists and artisans. See how lace was made, with tools and examples of work from the East Midlands and Europe.
A contrast to the delicacy of lace is provided by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery, tracing the long history of the Regiment from its beginnings in 1688 up to the present day. See medals, uniforms, photographs, and an interactive display telling the story of the Regiment and those who served in it.
The first floor of the gallery is given over to the 'Luton Life Gallery', looking at the history of Luton and its people over time. See how the development of Luton went hand in hand with its growth as a centre of hatmaking. See hats and a variety of headware from the past. One of the highlights of the Luton Life Gallery is the Luton Guild Book, an illuminated book written on vellum, it was maintained by the Confraternity of the Holy Trinity from 1475-1546.
The museum, formerly known as the Luton Museum and Art Gallery, is housed in an ornate Victorian mansion set in lovely parkland on the edge of Luton.

About Wardown Park Museum
Address: Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, LU2 7HA
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: One and a half miles north of the town centre, in Wardown Park. Free parking on Old Bedford Road and on New Bedford Road.
Website: Wardown Park Museum
Phone: 01582 546 722
Location map
OS: TL090 230
Photo Credit: DearCatastropheWaitress, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence


HERITAGE

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Medieval
Saxon
Victorian

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