Welcome to our web site.
On the 1st August we added a new image to our photo of the month, and made it into a jigsaw, these are proving to be very popular click here why not give it a try? and take a look at our local history news page click here,
NEW we have just added a listing of burials for the old St. Johns site in the high Street, we hope to add more to help those visitors looking for family history information click here St. Johns burial records
Please note the Wyllyotts centre will not be opening on Saturday morning the 30th of July and all Saturdays during August, this of course means the Museum will not be open. We will be open as usual Tuesday & Wednesdays 2.30 – 4.30
Volunteer vacancy – We are looking to fill the position of Deputy Curator. This job entails helping to look after the Museum and all its artefacts. Like to know more? Then send us your contact details and we will contact you. click here
Hertsmere have issued a new poster about volunteering at museums a have look. click here
Did you go to Claregate? find out more from our temporary display in the Museum click here
The Wyllyotts Centre just of Darkes Lane Potters Bar
Tuesday 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Wednesday 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Parking Public pay-and-display car parks at Wyllyotts
Phone with message service 07856 513841
How to find us
Potters Bar Museum tells the story of the growth of Potters Bar from a tiny village on the Great North Road to the thriving present day town. The museum opened in 1990 and offers a delightful nostalgic jumble of items relating to Potters Bar and the local area. It is in one of the earliest known sites of interest in the area, facing the timber-framed Wyllyotts Manor, part of which dates back to the 14th century (now used as a restaurant and a public house).
We believe that the site has been occupied since the Iron Age – and certainly since Roman times.
What’s on display?
The Museum includes pottery items and other artefacts which were found during the construction of the Wyllyotts Centre and allow visitors to relive some of the history of the place.
There are some natural history items, including fossils, geological specimens such as Hertfordshire puddingstone and Mesolithic stone implements used by the earliest known inhabitants.
A collection of Roman silver coins found as a treasure hoard in the district is on display together with examples of Roman clay ware made in a kiln excavated in the Parkfield open space in the 1950s.
The Museum also contains many items from other sites in and around Potters Bar and from the motte-and-bailey castle at South Mimms – which for many years lay unrecognised or forgotten.
The largest display relates to the Zeppelin L31, shot down over Potters Bar in 1916, showing a number of relics from the destruction of this First World War terror weapon. For more, click here.
There is also a fascinating collection of novelty telephones ranging from 19th century to latest novelty types: some are in working order, and you are welcome you to touch!
Potters Bar & District Historical Society
The Museum stewards are all volunteers from the Potters Bar and District Historical Society, and which is a registered charity (no. 299475). Hertsmere Borough Council provides the Museum accommodation and also grant-aids most of the running costs.
As well as running the Museum, the PB&DHS runs monthly evening meetings on a variety of historic topics every year from September through to May. They are held in the United Reform Church, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 1BZ. Details and dates are listed on our Events page (click here).
The museum is run entirely by volunteers and wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for members of our community who give their time freely.
We always need more volunteers so if you have a few hours a month/week or occasionally to spare, we would love your help. There is a surprising variety of activities on offer, so whatever your skills or personality, there is something for everyone volunteering at one of our museums.
Our volunteer team is a friendly and welcoming bunch. Whether you are looking to make new friends, or to add a new skill to your CV, there are many different ways to get involved:
- Front of house welcoming visitors to the museum and helping them get the most of their visit
- Cataloguing objects to helping with displays
- Researching our past by delving into our archives to find the hidden stories
- Creating and updating our online content
- Helping to research, design and curate temporary exhibitions
- Helping to keep the museum safe and looking at its best
- Facilitating school visits and helping families get the most out of the museum and our events.
Our marvellous volunteers bring our local history to life. We are so proud of what they have achieved.
If you’d like to volunteer, please have a look at Hertsmere’s new ‘Volunteer Poster’, click here (2.69 mb) to download, or come and see us at the Museum.
Our stewards are on hand to help with any history enquiry as well as welcoming your stories and reminiscences and provide assistance in identifying objects.
Group Tours and Lectures
Tours to explain the collections and exhibition can be arranged for schools and groups by arrangement with the Hon. Curator. (Click here)