Luton Culture is an independent charity which looks after cultural provision in Luton including the two local museums: Stockwood Discovery Centre and Wardown Park Museum.
Stockwood Discovery Centre tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. The display collections include: Geology, Archaeology, Social history and Rural crafts.
Highlights include the Wenlok Jug - a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton’s history, Luton's last tram and the award winning display of Mossman collection of carriages - the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK.
A paradise for garden enthusiasts, Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the few places in the country where the work of acclaimed artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display. His Improvement Garden is a classical garden in which the sculptures are an integral part of the landscape. Once part of the original Stockwood House walled areas, the Period Gardens reflect the changing styles of gardening in this country. New areas include a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants. is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind.
Wardown Park Museum is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The museum offers a range of displays including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery. The museum also holds around four temporary exhibitions a year on different subjects. Wardown Park Museum also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.
A cosy tearoom serving drinks and snacks and museum shop selling souvenirs, local history publications and old photographs is located on the ground floor.
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Where to go
Old Bedford Road
- LU2 7HA
Last updated 08/02/2018