A brand new science exhibition with already an amazing record: over 100,000 tickets sold in Rome. Fully interactive, innovative, fun, educational and entertaining, it suits adults, students, children aged 7+ and their families!
Produced by World Touring Exhibitions in collaboration with a team of scientists, physicists, geologists and astronomers, Interactive Science combines both knowledge and fun challenges with interactive machines to experience and play with science.
Special workshop offer for schools: If you’re thinking of visiting the Interactive Science Exhibition as an end of year school trip, why not book a place onto our supplementary Moon Buggy Making workshop. Working in teams, pupils will get the chance to build their very own life-sized Moon Buggy, using Quadro; a large scale construction kit strong enough for children to sit in! As part of our workshop, we can provide use of our lunch room – a private space away from public spaces with toilet and cloakroom facilities.
Suitable for ages 7+
Last recommended entry is at 4pm
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.
We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.
Become a Mental Health First Aider. Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July 2019, St Albans City. Book now: www.pod-learning.com/bookacourse
Sinfonia Verdi present a classical music performance will take place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum’s unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
Performer: Enrico Alvares Violin
A performance of, and exploratory talk about, one of the most revered pieces in Western classical music. The event reflects almost fifty years of Enrico’s ongoing relationship with the piece and will include a Q&A session.
Suitable for all ages
Enrico’s musical studies began at the age of three – with lessons from his father, also a professional musician. After studying at the Purcell School and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and extensive quartet coaching from all four members of the Amadeus Quartet, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he stayed for ten years.
During this time he worked closely with all three of its artistic directors – Sir Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, and Ken Sillito – and with a roster of the world’s greatest soloists and singers. He has also played with the other major British orchestras and is a regular in the London commercial recording studios.
Enrico is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a FREE children’s event that offers a variety of activities for families, and children are welcome to bring along their favourite teddy to the event. This year, the fun-filled day will offer face painting, a bouncy castle, soft play, crafts, circus skills with Showtime Circus, a teddy bears hospital, and just-for-kids live entertainment from Imajica Theatre. Booking for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic is not required, but attendees are encouraged to walk to the event where possible, as parking at Lydekker Car Park is limited.
Luton Culture presents
A chance for the museum’s youngest visitors to enter the house before we open to public and step into a world of fantasy and imagination.
Join our friendly museum staff for a special, cosy storytelling and sensory play session in the museum’s library. Pop along every first Tuesday of the month for a different story inspired by the collections at Wardown House.
Age guidance: 0 – 4 years
Every first Thursday of the month, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery invites you to an evening talk related to our collections.
In September, Milliner Alva Wilson will be coming to talk about his inspiration behind his latest collection and recent display Hats by Alva Wilson – a collection of contemporary hat sculptures made from recyclable materials and inspired by Luton heritage.
Alva will be discussing the Luton hat trade using narratives from previous Lutonians who worked in the hat industry, in comparison to his own involvement in the hat industry. In particular, he will be focusing on the collaboration with Vauxhall Motors, and how making hats out of car parts has allowed him a new perspective.
UTTER! Spoken Word supported and co-produced by Luton Culture present
Our regular spoken-word event hosted by Lee Nelson.
An eclectic and ever-changing line-up of Spoken Word (and sometimes musical) talent from Luton, London and further afield.
Our September line-up features:
Don Diego and the Good Fairy
and Paul Rafferty
The event also features the Clod Magazine Bookstall.
Age guidance: 16+
Every second Sunday of the month, Music in the Museum: Jazz presents the very best of jazz in a music performance taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum’s unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
Jen Kearney and her band are set for their debut performance at Wardown House. Kearney’s music and lyrics have met critical acclaim both nationally and internationally – she’s one to watch. The Band Line-up is:
Johnny Heyes – Guitar
Davide Giovannini – Drums
Davide Mantovani – Bass
Jen Kearney – Keyboards, Vocals
Age Guidance: 12+
Special Offer: Purchase tickets for 3 or more Music in the Museum events in one transaction and save 30%.
Jen Kearney: Biography
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jen Kearney has spent some time seasoning her particular style of original music. Her latest album, “Age of Blame” is truly an amalgamation of musical styles including Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock, and Latin.
Kearney has recorded and released six studio albums, and has done session work on many other projects. She has toured both as a solo act and with a full band. She recently recorded and toured with the UK’s premier Latin Jazz group, Snowboy and the Latin Section and has also shared the stage with Los Lobos, Daryl Hall, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Derek Trucks Band and more.
“Jen Kearney is a gifted singer who can belt out a song with the best of them. She puts a refreshing new spin on funk music, showing flashes of funk’s horn-drenched heyday in the ’70s, but also modernizing it with thoughtfully conceived lyrics… Her album further includes top-notch balladry and a touch of Latin excitement. And the climactic song ‘Sanctuary in Sabotage’ is simply mesmerizing.” – Steve Morse (Billboard, Rolling Stone)
A new display of Theodor Kern’s abstract works, using watercolour and ink. These works have never previously been on display.
Austrian born artist Theodor Kern (1900-1969) started his early painting career in the early 1920s. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and was a diverse artist trying his hand at many different styles.
Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect
The paintings will be on display in the main corridor of Wardown House.
On 15 April 1989, during the opening minutes of the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, 96 men, women and children died in what remains the most serious tragedy in UK sporting history the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.
Published by SmokeStack Books to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, Truth Street by Luton writer David Cain combines the eye-witness testimonies of the survivors at the second inquest to create an epic-poem that is part oral history and part documentary theatre.
Join David and a very special panel to hear excerpts from Truth Street, learn about the works development, and gain an insight into his very own Luton Library inspirations.
Truth Street has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize: Best First Collection and this is the final chance to hear David talk about the work before the award ceremony in October.
Join us at one of our Luton libraries for the party of the year with a marvellous fun-filled weekend of free crafts and activities for children to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday!
Come dressed as your favourite Dahl character and have your picture taken using our selfie frame. We’ll be running events throughout Luton libraries over the weekend, from the 14th to the 15th of September.
FREE event – drop by at any time from 10am until 4pm*
*Please make sure to check your local library for more information and opening times, as these can vary depending on the venue.
As part of the National Heritage Open Days, Luton Culture has organised a behind the scenes tour of Wardown House’s roofs.
Take a close up look at the chimneys of Wardown House and the historic graffiti on the roof, with our Heritage Collections Curator.
Age guidance: 7+
Customer Notice: There is a lift to the second floor but only stair access to the roof.
Sessions: 11am & 2pm (60 minutes)
Part of Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture celebrating heritage, community and history. Luton Culture is proud to invite you to see behind the scenes of our organisation and to discover hidden spaces around our venues – plus it’s all free!
Goblin Theatre present a hilarious adventure filled with live music and puppetry.
When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme.
Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? With original songs played live on stage, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of imagination.
Goblin Theatre are an acclaimed theatre company who make shows for young people and families.
Age Guidance: 2+
Running Time: 50 minutes
Praise for previous Goblin Theatre Shows:
“Funny and beautiful…dazzling” – The Guardian
“Incredible, innovative children’s theatre” – WhatsOnStage
“Unmissable musical delight” – Timeout“
“A real treat” – The Stage
Illustration by OK David
Tour supported using public funding by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts