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If you are interested in your local community and its past, The Friends of Luton Museums invite you to join them, and to help keep some of that past for present and future generations. Luton is very lucky to have two completely different museums, each one reflecting the town’s past and industrial heritage.

Wardown House Museum and Gallery is the custodian of Luton’s hat and lace trade, each collection is of national and even international importance. Stockwood Discovery Centre houses one of the country’s largest collections of vintage horse drawn carriages. In its collection it has an Aveling and Porter tandem steamroller, believed to be one of only two known left in the world, the second one is in Australia. The “Improvement Garden” designed by the late Hamilton Finlay, a Scottish poet, writer artist and gardener; he took his inspirations for his garden designs from French Romantic paintings, and classic Greek sculpture. His garden at Stockwood is one of the largest he designed with the exception of his own five acre garden at Little Sparta in Scotland.

The Friends activities include meeting once a month, normally the second Tuesday of each month, we meet in the function room of the Luton and Indian Cricket Club; which is adjacent to Wardown House Museum and Gallery. Meetings start at 7-30 pm prompt; members are entertained by a talk, usually with a local connection. Meetings finish with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. At this points in the evening members get to talk to the speakers and ask questions. In July the Friends organize a coach outing to somewhere of interest, August we have a trip to a local place of historical interest.

Some members volunteer their services to the museums; this is arranged through the museum curator.The Friends of Luton Museums invite you to join them to help keep Luton’s past in the present.

Becoming a Friend of Luton Museums is simple.

To join the Friends of Luton Museums, print out and complete the membership subscription form opposite, fill in and send with a cheque for the appropriate amount, made payable to the
“Friends of Luton Museums” to:
The Membership Secretary, Friends of Luton Museums,
9 Honeygate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7EP  Telephone: 01582 412804

Please circle the appropriate membership category.

Single £8         Couple £16         Corporate £50  

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Please send this completed form to the Membership Secretary along with your cheque, enclosing a stamped self addressed envelope, failure to do this means we are unable to provide you with your membership card. Alternatively you could come along to one of our meetings and enrol there.

Would you be interested in helping with any of the following? Please circle.

Archival research and cataloguing.            Fund-raising.       
Exhibition steward.          Committee Member.

Registered Charity No. 298513

The Friends Activities

Evening Meetings: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each Month, we enjoy a varied program me of talks. Entrance fee for members is £3 and £4 for member’s guests and visitors. Friends are encouraged to participate in organized visits and outings; our Christmas Party is usually held in Wardown House Museum Gallery.
Fund Raising: Funds are raised through annual subscriptions, entrance fees, raffles, tombola’s, sales of second hand books, sales of greeting cards, and bequests.
Volunteering Opportunities: The Friends help to promote the museums in ways the curator’s request, and to act as stewards at exhibitions and events.

Membership Subscription Form