Lowewood Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm. Entry to the museum and exhibitions are free. A tea room and shop is available during opening hours. Contact details can be found here
Lowewood Museum tells the history of the Borough of Broxbourne, capturing the unique stories of those who have lived and worked there.
Housed in a beautiful Georgian building dating from the 1750s, the collection includes geology, archaeology, social history, costume, photography and art. Highlights include our impressive Bengal Tiger, which was formerly on display at Cedars Park, a fine collection of paintings by James Ward, the Royal Academy artist who lived in Cheshunt, First World War diaries, and the story of James Pulham & Son, one of the greatest landscape design firms of the Victorian age.
Along with great exhibitions, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.
The site where the museum stands today has been occupied since the 1570s, when a house known as The Harvey’s stood there. Most of today’s building dates from the 1750s, and was built by a pharmacist called Hugh Hughes. In 1835 the house was bought by John Warner, a local Quaker and brass founder, and from then on was owned by the Warner family for over 100 years. In 1935 Lowewood was sold and bought by Mr Douglas Taylor. A year later, Taylor sold the property to the town council, to be used as a library and museum in memory of his late wife.
The library was transferred to a building in Hoddesdon’s High Street in the 1970s and the museum remains a much loved part of the local community, revealing the history of the Borough of Broxbourne from the earliest inhabitants to the present.
Since April 1 2021, the museum has been operated by the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO, a new charitable organisation set up to run and develop the museum, on behalf of Broxbourne Borough Council.
Access and Facilities
Step-free entry access is available from the museum’s garden entrance (to the back of the museum), please ring the bell if visiting via this entrance. Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor galleries (Temporary exhibitions are located on the ground floor).
Toilets are located on the ground floor. A unisex accessible toilet suitable for wheelchair users is available. Baby changing facilities are also available.
The museum has a delightful garden which is a beautiful open space to enjoy a picnic, on our lawn or picnic tables. The garden area is accessible for all and activities are often held here during the summer months.
Shop and Tea-room
A shop and tea-room is available during the museum’s opening hours. The tea room serves a range of hot and cold drinks as well as cakes, biscuits and other snacks. At specific times during the year, cream teas are served. The tea room was reviewed by Broxbourne Council’s Environmental Health department and received a five star food hygiene rating.
The shop sells a selection of gifts, toys and books. Friends of Lowewood Publications