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Although there has unfortunately not been much of a change in the appearance of the building, as well as working hard towards reopening the museum, we have been working hard to run successful events for people of all ages from 9 months to 99!

‘If Walls Could Talk’ session

‘If Walls Could Talk’ session with our Down Memory Lane Group and Nicola Spurling and Elisabeth Shove from the DEMAND research centre.

On Monday, some of our staff went to the regional SHARE Museums East Conference at the beautiful Ickworth House where we heard some brilliant and inspiring stories and got some great advice from museums from the eastern region. Our curator, Jo, also gave a brilliant talk on how to deal with disasters in museums and a special shout-out went to all the fantastic staff and volunteers who have helped with our flood recovery so far.

SHARE Museums East Annual Conference

SHARE Museums East Annual Conference. Picture courtesy of

Our Education Officer, Kate, Curator, Jo, and Volunteer Development Officer, Emma, had a fantastic day on Tuesday at The Nobel School as part of an immersive WWI day for Year 9 students. We took along objects and archival material about local soldiers, nurses and nobility for students to explore their stories before creating a storyboard and acting out scenes that they had discovered.

Museum staff, Knebworth House staff and actors at The Nobel School for a WWI day

Museum staff, Knebworth House staff and actors at The Nobel School for a WWI day.

Our volunteers have been doing a brilliant job of answering the many enquiries we receive every week, as well as cataloguing and photographing objects and continuing to process the flood-damaged parts of the collection. For the last 2 weeks we have been focussing on washing and repacking our large collection of textiles.

Our new flooring should be going down in the next 2 weeks and we then hope to have a date for reopening before the end of the year. Thank you for your continued support, and please keep your eyes peeled for more information!

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