Every first Thursday of the month, Wardown presents an adult evening talk related to the museum's collections.

Thu 5 Mar: Wardown House Through Time

Join Helen Giles, with a talk on Wardown through time. A journey through the history of one of the most important landmarks in Luton. Helen Giles was Project Curator during Wardown’s major capital development project (2016-2017) and has since researched the fascinating history of this site from the 1840's to present day.

Thu 2 Apr: The Artistry of Hats

Join Mary Miah, Significant Collections Curator for a talk on hat making in Luton from its humble countryside beginnings, to its meteoric rise in manufacturing and the fashion for handmade millinery.

Running Time: 90 minutes,

1 hour talk & 30 mins Q & A


  • Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wardown House

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery.

Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. The museum tells the story of Luton’s transformation into the exciting and diverse town it is today.

The museum also houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery.

The museum underwent a redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.

Venue Hire

Wardown House has a range of rooms that can be hired for your meetings, training days, drinks receptions and events in the gorgeous surroundings of Wardown Park. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of Wardown House's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at