Barnet Museum is delighted to announce that the Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Barnet, Martin Russell has become our Patron.
He was presented with a certificate by HRH The Duke of Gloucester when he visited the Museum on 10 May 2017.
Memorials to those who fought or died in the Boer War are less common across Britain than those erected after World Wars One and Two. Chipping Barnet only has one – dedicated to the memory of eight old boys of Christ Church School who died serving as regular soldiers in the war. In July a ceremony of re-dedication was held.
A new book has been published which acknowledges the sacrifice of these men, and remembers others of Chipping Barnet who also served in the Second Boer War:
“The Second Boer War: Remembering Men of Chipping Barnet who served” by J.G. Gale and M.A. Noronha, £10 (available from Barnet Museum). This new book provides information about the service and family histories of several men of Chipping Barnet who served in the Second Boer War, 1899-1902. The book explains the background to the conflict and charts the course of the war. It includes a timeline which explores some key events of the British Empire from 1600-to-date.
Graham Turner, a leading contemporary medieval military artist, has loaned Barnet Museum a print on canvas of his Barnet of Barnet painting ‘Challenge in the Mist’, depicting the young Richard III – then the 18-year-old Duke of Gloucester – beside his standard bearer, as they strain to see the enemy through the mist. Graham’s paintings are thought to be very historically accurate, partly due to his taking part in medieval jousting and therefore having a personal experience of what armour is like to wear.
The Gillian Gear Memorial Fund has been set up in memory of Barnet Museum's archivist, longstanding volunteer and the driving force behind the Museum for many years, Dr Gillian Gear, who died earlier this year. The fund will be used for a dedicated project/projects at Barnet Museum. If you would like to contribute, please send donations to the Treasurer at Barnet Museum (address) or email email@example.com for further information.
We are sorry to announce that Barnet Council’s Main Planning Committee has refused planning permission for our proposed extension at the rear of Barnet Museum. We are particularly disappointed at the very negative way in which Committee viewed the Museum, and the apparent inaccuracies in the Planning Officer’s report, which we were given no opportunity to counter.
The Extension would have given us desperately needed extra space for exhibitions, children’s activities and storage (we have had to turn items away because of lack of space); allowed us for the first time to install proper disabled access to the Museum; and would have benefited the local economy by creating more business and tourist interest. It would have taken up less than 0.5% of the open space of the Court House Gardens park (it is a secluded 0.5%, often used by people drinking and taking drugs – the Police have also testified to this).