Protecting Watford's heritage

Watford Borough Council has beefed up security at Watford Museum with the installation of CCTV and intruder alarms monitored 24/7 from a town centre control room.

Published: Monday, 23rd March 2015

The museum, located in the beautiful Grade II listed Benskins Brewery mansion, houses over 30,000 items and attracts over 10,000 visitors each year.

Elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, said: “It is so important to look after our heritage so that future generations can enjoy it. We know how loved the Museum is, so we’ve recently repaired the roof and are looking forward to submitting our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to make even more improvements.”

Museum and Heritage Manager, Sarah Priestley, said “Some of our exhibits are really precious – of local, national and even international interest – so this additional security is really welcome. It’s great that the council is investing in our future.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Bliss, who is also the National Policing Lead for Heritage Crime, said: “This is great news as it helps to ensure that important collections remains safe for all to appreciate.

“To help protect the county’s heritage sites and artefacts from heritage crime, the Constabulary launched Heritage Watch last year. Through the scheme, we hope to further protect the county’s historical artefacts and heritage sites by improving communication between people who live near these sites, those who have an interest in the county’s heritage and the police.

“To support us in our fight against heritage crime I would encourage members of the public to join Heritage Watch.”

You can sign up to become a member of Heritage Watch here.

Visit the Museum at 194 Lower High Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

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