St Albans Museums facts for kids
The Grade II* listed town hall, which houses the St Albans Museum + Gallery
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St Albans Museums is a local museum in the city of St Albans, Hertfordshire, England that is run by St Albans City and District Council. It oversees St Albans Museum + Gallery and the Verulamium Museum, and also the Hypocaust at Verulamium, St Albans' medieval Clock Tower, and the ruins of Sopwell Priory.
St Albans Museum + Gallery
St Albans Museum presents the history of St Albans from the end of the Roman period onwards. The medieval gallery covers Saint Alban, who was the first Christian martyr in Britain, together with St Albans Abbey that was founded on the site where he was martyred. The museum includes the UH Art Gallery with exhibitions created by the University of Hertfordshire.
The museum was founded as the Hertfordshire County Museum in 1898. Its Hatfield Road venue was closed to the public in September 2015 as part of a project to move the content to a new location. The museum reopened in 2018 in the Grade II* listed old Town Hall in the city centre.
Since 2018 St Albans Museums has incorporated the previously separate Verulamium Museum, situated in what was once the forum of the walled city of Verulamium, next to Verulamium Park. The museum contains information about the Roman and Iron Age periods of St Albans' history. The later history of the settlement is presented at the St Albans Museum + Gallery.
The Verulamium Museum was established following the excavations carried out by Mortimer Wheeler and his wife, Tessa Wheeler, both of them renowned archaeologists, during the 1930s. It was extended in 1996–97. During the building work, an excavation of the site took place.
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