Our latest exhibition is on they lived round here.

Our website is regularly updated, with new material being added all the time

Beavering away in the Museum

The Museum welcomed members of the 4th Potters Bar Beaver Colony

They all enjoyed their visit and so can your school or group, simply email our educationofficer@pottersbarmuseum.org.uk and leave your details.

The photo shows the colony with the Museum Volunteers.

Click here to see our July calendar page of the month and here for our July  jigsaw of the month.

John Bennett was a famous Jazzman and an active member of the PBDHS. He sadly passed away in 2017 but donated the Museum with a unique collection of photos and documents in some 18 volumes, These are on display in the Museum and available for you to peruse, to make it easier to find your way round they  have been indexed by volunteer Sarah Bulling click here JohnBennettFoldersIndexA-Z to view the collection click here to read about John.

PBDHS Our Next Talk Monday 22nd July

A day in the life of a Thames Tug.

A close look at the work done by the Cory tug General VIII. The talk features a voyage from Wandsworth to aptly named Mucking in Essex.

Speaker Richard Thomas.

The talks begin promptly at 8.00pm in the URC Church, Darkes Lane Potters Bar EN6 1BZ The church has extensive free parking at the front.

Admission is a  £1.00 for members and £2.00 for non-members, refreshments available.                                                                                     All talks may be subject to changes due to availability of speakers or other external factors,

PBDHS talks click here for current updated listing.

Our team of dedicated hard working volunteers have been give  a well deserved award by The Hertfordshire Association of Museums, a  well done and thank you from everyone in the Society for all your efforts over the years, we always need more, why not join them?


Did you know we can organise special visits for groups when the museum is closed, click here  to contact our education officer.

About us

Photo of the Wyllyotts centre

The Wyllyotts Centre just off Darkes Lane Potters Bar

Wyllyotts Centre
Wyllyotts Place
Darkes Lane
Potters Bar

Opening Hours
Tuesday         2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Wednesday   2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday       11.00 am – 1.00 pm Subject to Wyllylotts centre being open.

Admission Free

Parking Public pay-and-display car parks at Wyllyotts

Phone with message service 07856 513841

Email pottersbarmuseum@gmail.com

How to find us

A map of how to find the Museum.

The Museum

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.

An example of a silver Roman coin.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.

WWI Display in the Potters Bart Museum
Display case of WWI artefacts, including many items from the destroyed Zeppelins
Merit Display case in the Potters Bar Museum
Display case in the Potters Bar Museum for the products of J & L Randall makers of the Merit toy range
Photo of the Roman Display area in the Potters Bar Museum
Artefacts from the Roman settlement of Potters Bar













Permanent collections

The Zeppelin L31, shot down over Potters Bar in 1916.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. 1200797). 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 able to give up a few hours a month/week or occasionally, 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 come and see us at the Museum or click here to contact us.

Featured collections

In addition, the Museum has an Exhibition mounted twice a year – find out more on the Events page (click here), and also on our Facebook page here!

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 our education officer Click here