There is so much to see and do at St Albans Museum over the summer and from Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm - Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm until 26 Aug 2018 Squallife is running. The exhibition highlights the changes that have been seen in housing in St Albans. It was inspired originally by Dave Kotula’s photographs of squatted premises in St Albans in the 1980’s. It is a historical and contemporary response to homelessness, giving insight into an under-researched aspect of local history.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Cardboard Citizens have been working with homeless or recently homeless residents to create a piece to be performed at the Abbey Theatre and a professional photographer has been working with attendees of Herts Young Homeless to capture snapshots of their lives. This exhibition engages with and explores the importance of a home in St Albans across the whole community.
The Museum redevelopment headed by the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust has been a great success through the sheer determination of many including some from St Albans City & District Council and the University of Hertfordshire. It also included over 1,600 local residents have become part of the St Albans who paid £250 to have their name, or that of a loved one, inscribed on limited edition bespoke oak panels based on the historic wooden panels in the Courtroom and the graffiti left by prisoners in the cells.
“We are so proud of the community drive to deliver what, clearly, people believe this city deserves. We had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform this jewel-in-the-crown for those who live, visit and work in St Albans by creating a central focal point for culture. We are a relatively small city, but we pack a huge historical punch – and we can now show our heritage off to the world.” Cllr Annie Brewster, Mayor of set Albans at the start of the project.