Stockwood Discovery Centre is an Award-winning museum in Luton
Also known as Stockwood Craft Museum – Stockwood Discovery Centre was founded in 1954. It is a free-admission museum in Luton, Bedfordshire. It is currently running under the supervision and alliance of Charitable trust, Luton Culture.
Stockwood Discovery Centre mainly displays an exquisite collection of geology, archaeology, rural crafts, and social history. It is also one the most prominent collection house of horse-drawn carriages of Europe (also referred as the Mossman Collection).
NINE CENTURIES OF GARDEN HISTORY
Stockwood Discovery Centre has wrapped in beauty breath-taking gardens, which said to have been around it for nine centuries. This could also explain its heritage significance to the locals of Luton, Bedfordshire. The present-day Garden patterns were re-created by the Luton Council in the mid-1980s, adding Dig for Victory and Elizabethan Knot Garden. Apart from these types, the gardens surrounding were further expanded in 2007, which brought the Sensory Garden, Medicinal Garden, and World Garden.
Interestingly, Stockwood Discovery Centre is amongst the only few places where you could find the excellent work of Ian Hamilton Finlay. The centre showcases his sculpture-work as an essential part of the Garden events.
THE MOSSMAN COLLECTION
Before the invention of motors, transportation was carried out on horse-drawn vehicles. Everyone in the UK commonly used These vehicles.
Stockwood Discovery Centre revives the old nostalgic memories of how conveyance was made possible by these exceptionally-attractive carriages. Such horse-drawn vehicles are now called theMossman Collection.
Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe collected the collection of rural crafts we see today at Stockwood Discovery Centre. Thomas was a renowned historian and a folklife admirer; he was also the director of an engineering firm (inherited family business). Thomas was attracted towards collecting unique and rare items which led him to open his first small museum in Dunstable, 1925.
Two years after, he became the honorary curator (custodian or keeper) of Luton Museum and completed his tenure as the museum’s director. Thomas travelled from village to town around Bedfordshire to find items that either was of great value or rare significance. Today, we can witness his collection, each describing a unique event.
STOCKWOOD DISCOVERY CENTRE
Stockwood Discovery Centre has beautiful gardens which are a paradise for nature admirers. It has won several awards including the award for displaying carriages; the place is family-free which means you can bring your children as there is a playground for them and most importantly the entry is free.