15th April - 11th September (Wednesdays - Sundays)

With the help of Museum Makers and Choi + Shine Architects, the project called for local volunteers, first to crochet then to sew crochet pieces together. Skills learned from generations before connects us with the memories from the past and also with the people from the area whom we have never known. Working with people to achieve a single vision brings people together, creating a true sense of community, while everyone shares one goal; to create a beautiful work of art for the town.

Visitors can partake in finishing the artwork by writing wishes on small pieces of paper, and hanging them until the branches are full. The act of wishing transforms the art work and will be visible throughout the exhibition. The participatory and ephemeral aspect of the project creates a shared memory which contributes to a sense of place. The juxtaposition of the softly glowing intricate Trees against night sky interrupts our mundane and coherent everyday, creating a surprise that ignites the imagination. The project evokes a sense of wonder though this unexpected encounter, which causes the viewer to stop and gaze.

The sculpture, has been commissioned by The Culture Trust Luton, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Museum Makers.

The Lace Trees will be on display from 15th April until the 11th September.


  • Friday, April 15, 2022

Stockwood Discovery Centre

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
  • Rural crafts

Highlights include:

  • The Wenlok Jug - a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton’s history 
  • Luton's last tram
  • 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 - designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind.

Venue Hire:

Stockwood Discovery Centre is the perfect setting for events, meetings and celebrations. See Venue Hire for more information. 


To become part of Stockwood Discovery Centre's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at


Stockwood Discovery Centre Map