Celebrating the historic importance of Barnet
Although we remain closed, our Museum volunteers are working hard remotely on local history projects. Please explore this website for the latest updates.
The Museum’s collection contains hundreds of artefacts reflecting the history of Barnet and those that have lived there, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. There is also an extensive archive, and we are a centre for local and family history research.
550th Anniversary of The Battle of Barnet
14th April 1471
English Heritage describes it as ‘one of the most important battles’ of the Wars of the Roses, a series of English civil wars over who should be king. The claimants were Edward IV, of the house of York, and Henry VI, of the house of Lancaster. By the time the two sides lined up at Barnet, both men had been crowned and re-crowned; Edward was just back from exile and Henry was his hostage. Henry’s army was commanded by the powerful Earl of Warwick (the ‘Kingmaker’) – who had previously been Edward’s right-hand-man. It was in this battle that Warwick fell.
We hope you enjoy this drone footage of our banners along Barnet High Street. For more information on the Battle, please navigate to the Battle of Barnet section of this website.
This document outlines the strategic direction for Barnet Museum & Local History Society
The Museum opened in March 1938 to house and make available to the public the growing collection of the Barnet Record Society (now Barnet Museum & Local History Society) which had been founded in 1927 to record and preserve Barnet’s history. The Museum building is an attractive early Georgian house in the heart of Chipping Barnet, and is part of Wood Street conservation area. The Museum is a registered charity (no.1169214 ) and accredited Museum.