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Dancing with Light

4 September – 16 October 2021

Earlier this year, a dancer, a photographer and local people got together and danced with light at home on Zoom and then in the museum, exploring the theme of home and the traces we leave there. See how they captured the joy of movement in waves of colours and vibrant abstract shapes.

A BEEE Creative project, funded by the Arts Council

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Curiosity Show

Sponsored by Turn the Tide Art Project

22 September to 9 October 2021

Local sculptor Hugh Tessier celebrates the end of COVID restrictions with his Show of curious structures, pictures and poems, to excite the spectator and see the World in a new light.

Hugh says:

“The Museum has been shut to visitors since the last lockdown, so the opportunity of re-opening with a Curiosity Show in our Museum, was just too good to miss.

The pandemic has exploded into our lives imposing massive restrictions and suffering, yet some good things like the NHS, like the community pulling together to fight for our lives, proves our motto ‘The Heart of Our Town Lies in its People’.

My work explores the abundance of things usually discarded or rejected, put to new purpose and meaning. The Arts have a vital role in our society - to enrich, to play, to laugh and sing, it should not be an exclusive luxury, but an inclusive expression of love of living.

I will be giving some talks and tours, so do come and have a chat.

Come curiously and leave with a spring in your step.”

Schools’ workshops

The artist is also working with our Learning Officer to offer free hour long workshops for schools. To book, contact the museum.

Call 01438 218881 or email

Stevenage 75th Birthday

In celebration of Stevenage New Town 75th birthday Hugh will be giving away FREE the sculptures in the show for a small donation to Turn The Tide Arts to help fund its future. In the event of a number of bids for the same sculpture the lucky winner will be decided by ballot. Only one sculpture per bid.

Please register your interest by email:

Hugh Tessier and exhibition piece

Foyer Display

Recent donations

Find out what we collect and why and see what people have brought in, from a world champion cup stacker to watercolours by a locally born artist.