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There are two museums in Havering - the Havering Museum in Romford and the Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia in Upminster.

Havering Museum

Havering Museum is on part of the site of the old Romford Brewery. It provides a home for exhibits of Havering's past.

The Museum defines what makes Havering, celebrating the achievements of local people past and present. The museum came about because of the hard work and determination of local people.

In 2008 in partnership with the London Borough of Havering the project received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The museum opened in May 2010. The museum is all on ground floor level with the reception and shop area at the main entrance.

There are two permanent galleries which explore the local history through different themes.

The displays have been designed so the showcases and graphics are easily viewable by everyone with everything on one level for easy access by wheelchairs.

There is a temporary exhibition gallery and a learning space both available for schools and community groups to use. There are special events for all ages.

Havering Museum collects objects which tell the story of the borough. Please contact Havering Museum to find out about the gift procedures on 0845 270 7737 or email

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

The Upminster Tithe Barn houses a collection of artefacts of nostalgic origin and is located in Hall Lane, Upminster.

It is owned by Havering London Borough Council and run in partnership with the Hornchurch and District Historical Society.

The museum holds around 14,500 artefacts of domestic and agricultural use.

Other museums in Essex

There are many, many more museums within easy reach of Havering that explore the rich past of the region.

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