Properties and events in Harlow 2018
Properties and events in Harlow 2018
Here is a quick summary of events, for full details (and to check back for last minute changes) please see www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
Heritage Open Days 2018 will be 6-9 & 13-16 September.
Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens
Museum of Harlow, Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF
Harlow Museum is situated in the 17th Century Gardens of Mark Hall Manor which was lost to a fire in the 1950s. The manor’s stable block is now…
Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens are situated in the Stables and Gardens for Mark Hall Manor, a site that has been a part of the local landscape since the 17th Century. Activities include guided tours incl. the museum stores and children' activities.
Harlow Museum is situated in the 17th Century Gardens of Mark Hall Manor which was lost to a fire in the 1950s. The manor’s stable block is now the home to Harlow Museum, originally being designated as the Harlow Cycle Museum in 1982 for the Jon Collins Cycle Collection. Harlow Museum now contains the town’s vast historical collection and resources of around 40,000 objects and continues to be a focal point in the community of Harlow.
Within the museum, we have 5 galleries that take you through Harlow’s history. From the creation of a New Town in the 1950s right back to early man and the significance of local archaeology. Every object tells a story of Harlow and is sourced within Harlow and the surrounding area.
*History of Harlow Tours by the museum's Curator - Discover the story of Harlow as we walk through the gallery spaces
*Museum Stores open! - The stores will be open to showcase the wide range of historical objects we have within the collection. Get a rare insight into the behind the scenes work that goes on at Harlow
*Family activities - Historically themed craft activities, Handling History sessions and sensory sessions to entertain children young and old!
Catering provided by our Corner Cafe with light refreshments. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our gardens
- Fri 7 Sept: 1000-1600
- Sat 8 Sept: 1000-1600
- Fri 14 Sept: 1000-1600
- Sat 15 Sept: 1000-1600
Booking Details: No booking required
Access Information: The gardens are primarily tiled pathways but it should be noted that some sections are shingle that may provide difficultly. Access to the museum from the front gate will require wheelchair uses to use the pedestrian route (black gate) as there is no dropped curb by the staff car park. The gallery spaces and path to the accessible toilet are flat. Staff are on hand to assist any uses if requested.
Additional information: Max 10 people per tour/event. Event Duration: 30-45 minutes. Dogs are welcome in the Gardens. Only guide dogs are allowed inside the museum. Parking is at the rear of the site by the gardens. Coming from First Avenue onto Muskham road, follow the road around from the museum entrance to the car park (roughly 100m). From here, you can enter the museum via the fruit garden next to the car park and follow the signs to the museum's entrance. Toilets are on the opposite side of the courtyard from the main entrance, next to the bicycle racks. The ladies toilet features baby changing facilities.
Directions: We are by First avenue. If you are coming from the west St.Mary of Latton church and 'Solo Flight' sculpture are just before us and if you are coming from the east Mark Hall secondary school is prior to us. There is a Brown Heritage sign at the turning (Muskham Road) and the museum has signage outside the premises.
Parndon Hall, Princess Alexandra Hospital , Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX
In the midst of Harlow New Town, at the back of the site of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, stands Parndon Hall. The house was built in…
Visit the former home of Loftus & Elizabeth Arkwright, built in 1867, in the grounds of The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Elizabeth decorated rooms with paintings, as was the fashion at the time and the house retains their rooms.
In the midst of Harlow New Town, at the back of the site of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, stands Parndon Hall. The house was built in 1867 for Loftus Arkwright, the great grandson of Richard Arkwight of Derbyshire, who was a cotton industry entrepreneur involved at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Loftus's wife Elizabeth (nee Reynolds) was a gifted horsewoman and artist and on moving into her new home, set about decorating the house with murals of a most extraordinary kind. The artwork was re-discovered after the Second World War and can be seen in rooms and the stairwell. The house is currently in use as the Education Centre for Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and the rooms of the family home now have very different uses, but the layout remains relatively unchanged. There will be an exhibition and guided tours. Refreshments, books and postcards will be on sale. A large number of the paintings in the house depict children and animals (but it should be noted that there are a large number of nude female figures portrayed as well). The history of the Arkwright family covers 1732 to the present day, the Industrial Revolution, families and their legacies, post-war New Town planning and so may be of interest to students.
- Sat 15 Sept: Tours at 11.30am; 1pm; 3.30pm
Accompanied tours only to see the house, although a small exhibition in the Main Hall is available Contact: Pauline Hockley Call: 07812185676 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 6 August 2018 Booking closes: 13 September 2018
Access Information: The ground floor of Parndon Hall is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs where most of the art is visible and part of the tour. The toilets are situated on the Ground Floor. A staircase is the only access to the First Floor where there are rooms to see as part of the tour and some more wall paintings.
Additional information: Max 12 people per tour/event. Event Duration: Approximately 45 mins. This is a Victorian family home situated in the heart of Harlow with an interesting family history connection. Frederick Gibberd's post-war planning ensured the preservation of old houses and churches wherever possible. Parndon Hall is a work-place for staff of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and is equipped as such.
Directions: The large red brick mansion with Portland Stone dressing is situated among pine trees in the north west corner of the hospital site. Visitors to the event should drive on to the Hospital site and use the Pay and Display car park, or park in the public Wych Elm car park nearby and walk across to the hospital, following the footpath to Parndon Hall (Building 2). You can make use of Harlow's excellent cycle ways to reach Princess Alexandra Hospital and Parndon Hall; Harlow Town Station is a fifteen minute walk and the bus station ten minutes through the town centre. Please let us know if you would like access to parking for the less mobile visitors.
The Gibberd Garden
The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA
The Gibberd Garden is Grade II listed and was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading twentieth century architect and the master-planner of…
The former house and garden of Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading twentieth century architect, is now Grade II listed. Filled with sculpture and found objects, the garden is full of surprises.
The Gibberd Garden is Grade II listed and was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading twentieth century architect and the master-planner of Harlow New Town. He acquired the site in 1957 with the intention of remodelling the house and garden, and from 1972 (on his marriage to Patricia, Lady Gibberd) he filled the grounds with sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural pieces.
The garden has formal lawns, pools, streams and glades, a dramatic mature lime avenue (complete with medieval fonts), a brookside walk with a waterfall, a wild garden with a tangle of paths where children love to hide, a moated castle with drawbridge and a Barn Tearoom run by friendly volunteers - with cakes, ice creams and refreshments.
Sir Frederick Gibberd's House is also available to visit. There will be an exhibition celebrating the contribution that Lady Patricia Gibberd made to the Arts in Harlow.
- Sun 16 Sept: 1400-1800
Booking Details: No booking required
Access Information: Paths in the Garden are steep in places and uneven. In wet weather paths can become very slippery.
Additional information: Visitors wishing to see The Gibberd Rooms, Sir Frederick Gibberd's former home and the exhibition relating to Lady Patricia Gibberd, need to book at the entrance in the Shop. There is a limit of 12 people per visit/tour and a timed entry ticket is issued every half-hour from 3pm, on a first-come, first served basis.
Directions: The Gibberd Garden has brown "attraction" signage as one nears the site.