About Us

Bushey Museum

Address
Bushey Museum & Art Gallery

Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3HW

Open
Thursdays to Sundays  11am to 4pm
Note: the Museum will be CLOSED on Thursday 26 December
Admission free

Phone
Museum 020 8950 3233      Thu-Sun  11am - 4pm
Office 020 8420 4057        Wed-Fri  9.30am - 4pm

 

Who are we?

The Bushey Museum & Art Gallery in Bushey, Hertfordshire shows local Bushey history from the earliest of times with displays of archaeology, artefacts, documents and historical maps, and which cover Bushey’s social and business heritage.

The Museum has a unique artistic history which is of national significance: it majors on Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA with works of art, artefacts and ephemera relating to him and his famous Art School in Bushey. There is also a major collection of paintings by Herkomer's student Lucy Kemp-Welch, as well as works by other artists drawn to Bushey by its artistic reputation.

Art UK say on their website: "...the art collection is the largest in Hertfordshire and is mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special interest in the Monro Circle of artists, Sir Hubert von Herkomer, Lucy Kemp-Welch and the pupils of their Art Schools and other Bushey art schools."

Located in an Edwardian former Council building close to Bushey High Street, it features galleries with displays of local history; Herkomer and Lucy Kemp-Welch paintings and memorabilia, as well as other Galleries with changing displays, see What's-On.

Click on Museum Shop to see the wide range of local history books, greetings cards featuring local artists' pictures - and much more - which can be bought in the Shop at the Museum, or via this website. And there is also a link to the Art UK website (see below as well) where you can buy prints of over 120 paintings from our Collection. Well worth a look!

There is a Meeting Room which is available for hire to local societies or individuals for meetings, talks, etc.

Parking and Accessibility

There is limited on-site free parking and additional free public parking in Kemp Place which is off the High Street opposite Rudolf Road. For more information about Accessibility click here.

 

The Visit Us page tells you how to get to the Museum.
The About Us page gives you more about the history of the Museum and what we have to offer.
The What’s On page includes details of all of our current Exhibitions.

 

Arts Council England

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery has Full Accreditation status with the Arts Council England (RD 1048). Visit their site here.

Art UK

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is an Art UK Founder Partner. Visit their website here to see over 1000 of the paintings in our collection! And also visit their Art UK Shop here where you can buy prints of over 120 of the pictures in our collection!

Charity Commission

Bushey Museum Trust is a registered charity with the Charity Commission in England and Wales No. 294261.

 

© 2019, Bushey Museum Trust, a company limited by guarantee (England 01937575).

Exhibitions & more

'Up Your Street'
- commemorating Bushey artists

Image for Up your Street exhibitionAnne Blessley Gallery
Until 26 January 2020

Many of the thoroughfares in Bushey include the name of an artist with local connections, confirming the influence of the art community that thrived here in Bushey. More.

Purcell School - art work &
sculptures by A-Level students

Poster for Purcell School students' exhibition.Jubilee Room
Until Sunday 8 December

An exhibition of art work and sculptures by A-level students of the Purcell School. More.

'Painting the Seasons – The Art of Colour'

Painting the Seasons posterCouncil Chamber
Until 5 January 2020

The exhibition examines the use of colour in art through paintings of the four seasons selected from the Museum’s collection.

Now the talk is of climate change but in the UK at least we can still discern the changes in the seasons. Artists have always endeavoured to capture the weather’s fleeting moments and have used colour to evoke the seasonal differences, a principle which is clearly demonstrated by this selection from the Museum’s collection. More.

Future Exhibitions

Before the Railway came to Bushey

Jubilee Room
From 14th December
Over 50 surviving buildings in Bushey built before 1840 are listed as Grade 2, and there are more on the Local List. You can still get an idea of what the village was like before the age of the railway. This exhibition selects and describes the most interesting of these buildings. More.

Recent Arrivals – Additions to the Bushey Museum's Collection

Council Chamber
From 18th January 2020

This exhibition will include new items donated to - or purchased by - the Museum. On show will be local history and pottery items, photographs, costumes, as well artworks to demonstrate the great diversity of the collection, the bulk of which is usually hidden from view. More.

20/20 Vision – 200 Years of history in Bushey

Anne Blessley Gallery
From 1st February 2020

To mark the beginning of a new decade, this exhibition plays on the phrase '20/20 vision', in as much as the focus will be on items in the Museum’s collection from 1820, 1920 and 2020. Exhibits will include old and new artworks, costume as well as oral history. More.

On the Move: getting about in Bushey

Jubilee Room
From 30th May 2020

To mark the beginning of a new decade, this exhibition plays on the phrase '20/20 vision', in as much as the focus will be on items in the Museum’s collection from 1820, 1920 and 2020. Exhibits will include old and new artworks, costume as well as oral history. More.

Local Bushey History

Ground floor galleries

Local history gallery

The gallery gives a social history of Bushey with maps, extracts of medieval documents, and some ancient artefacts. It includes local industries, schools, police and fire brigade history, the World Wars, transport, celebrities, Bushey Pottery, and more.   More.

Hubert von Herkomer - paintings & memorabilia

Hubert von Herkomer Gallery

The life, work and castle of Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA, also his School of Art, and including some of his most notable paintings. More.

Lucy Kemp-Welch – paintings & watercolours

Lucy Kemp-Welch Gallery

A selection of large canvases featuring horses painted by Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958). More.

 

 

Artist of the Month

Albert Ranney Chewett, 1877–1965

'Two Girls in a Window Seat' by Albert Ranney Chewett.
'Two Girls in a Window Seat' by Albert Ranney Chewett.

More...

Friends Meetings, Events & more

Meetings

At St. James’s Church House, High Street, Bushey, WD23 1BD.

Stanley Spencer

Tuesday 21 January at 8.00 pm
Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of the most original figures in 20th century British art. A talk by Keith Le Page from the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, Berkshire.

Metroland

Tuesday 18 February at 8.00 pm
A talk by David Burnell, an Underground historian, on the myth of Metroland.

Birds and Music

Tuesday 17 March at 8.00 pm
A talk from Paul Barritt, who is a classical violinist; a Permanent Guest Leader of the Halle Orchestra; and also a bird watcher! He explores the use of birds, their image, calls and sounds in classical music in a talk complete with musical examples both electronic and live.

Events

Bushey Village Trail: St. James’ Churchyard – Part 2

Saturday 29 February at 10.30 am, starting from Bushey Museum.
The history and stories of those who are buried in St. James’ Church and Churchyard. Tickets available on the day. £8 Donation invited.

Bring and Buy Sale

Saturday 28 March from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm, in the Meeting Room behind the Museum
‘Bring something – Buy something’ – and raise money for our Museum! Good quality items, such as unwanted gifts, toys, plants, cakes & produce, books, white elephants, etc. (sorry – no electrical items or candles can be accepted). Items accepted in the Meeting Room on Friday 27 March from 2pm – 4pm, and on Saturday 28 March until 10am.

Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper

Tuesday 21 April at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
at St. James’ Church House, High Street, Bushey, WD23 1BD
Join us for a fun quiz night with a Fish & Chip supper from Godfrey’s, Kemp Place. Tickets £15 each to include supper and a glass of wine or soft drink. Cash bar available.

Concert by students of the Purcell School

Wednesday 6 May at 7.00pm
at The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TS
A concert performed by young soloists and ensembles.

Outings

Hughenden Manor and Henley

Saturday 21 March 
A visit to Hughenden Manor, home of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, and followed by a visit to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, and which also houses a collection of the prolific English artist John Piper. Cost: £48.00 per person (National Trust members £37.00). For more details, including coach times, click here.

Hatfield House and Hatfield Museum

Saturday 9 May 
A guided tour round Hatfield House, and where there is so much history within the walls: a home to Queen Elizabeth 1st where she spent much of her childhood. Followed by a visit to Hatfield where the Museum has recently beenimproved. Cost: £42.00 per person (no concessions). For more details, including coach times, click here.

Southill House, Bedfordshire – Home of the Whitbread family

Friday 12 June
A guided tour of Southill House, followed by a visit to Bedford with free time to visit the Museum, have lunch etc. Cost yet to be confirmed. For more details, including coach times, click here.

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