Exhibition: 175th Anniversary of the establishment of our Society

at St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter's Street, St Albans, AL1 3DH

After a long delay of several months, an exhibition to mark the 175th anniversary of the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society, also known as the ‘Arc & Arc’, will open in the Town Hall on Saturday 10 October.

When the Society was formed in October 1845, carriages clattered over the turnpike toll roads leading to the town, the Abbey church was so dilapidated it was in danger of collapsing, and French Row housed brothels and beer houses.

Now the Society boasts over 500 members, and has been active for almost two centuries in protecting and promoting the heritage of the city. To mark this historic anniversary, the Society has collaborated with the St Albans Museum + Gallery on an exhibition that will run from Saturday 10 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.

John Morewood, the new Society President, said that many members had been active in preparing the exhibition. “Like those who formed the Society in 1845, we seek to promote an interest in and the study of local history”.

“The exhibition tells the story of the city and its environs through a collection of fascinating objects, each illustrating an aspect of the Society’s regional and national achievements”.

John expressed appreciation for the help of the St Albans Museum team, led by Sarah Keeling, curator for the post-Medieval to Contemporary periods.

Sarah said that both the Museum and the Society had worked hard to adapt the exhibition to the new demands of Covid security. “We’ve worked closely with the Society on many occasions in the past, and we’re delighted to have this exhibition as our first to open in the St Albans Museum + Gallery after lockdown.”

“The exhibition tells the story of the city and its environs through a collection of fascinating objects, each illustrating an aspect of the Society’s regional and national achievements”.

If you can’t visit the exhibition for the time being can find much of the content on the Society’s website at www.stalbanshistory.org

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