August 29 – A visit to St Albans Museum and Gallery

St Alban's Timeline

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We went into the cathedral briefly today but the organ tuning was continuing as it was the yearly two-day tune instead of just one. It was really hard to talk to people or to concentrate so eventually we had to call it a day. It was very quiet anyway as people were not keen to stay too long. I wonder why?

We walked up into the marketplace and had a quick look around the market stalls and went to the post office before deciding we should visit the new museum in the Old Town Hall. The museum reopened after major renovations the week we opened our exhibition and we have been meaning to come ever since. Unfortunately, we left it too long and all the exhibitions were being changed so there was not much to see. They have a large cafe in the foyer as well as a gift shop and information centre. People buy their food and move into the old courtrooms to eat or outside under the canopies. There was an interesting timeline depicting the history of St Albans with museum artefacts underneath.

Around 15 BC – The Catuvellauni, an Iron Age tribe, built a settlement called Verlamion.

In AD 50         – The Roman city of Verulamium was founded.

In AD 61         – Verulamium was destroyed by Boudicca but was quickly rebuilt.

In AD 300     – Alban became the first British Martyr when he was executed for his Christian faith.

In AD 948     – Abbot Ulsinus founds St Albans School, one of the oldest schools in the world.

In AD 1213    – A meeting takes place at St Albans Abbey, Leading to the Magna Carta two years later.

In 1300’s       – The Alban Bun is distributed by monks from St Albans Abbey on Good Friday 1361.

The Peasants Revolt takes place in 1381. Leader John Ball is executed in St Albans.

In 1400’s      – The War of the Roses are fought in St Albans in 1455 and 1461.

The third printing press in the country is in use at St Albans Abbey in 1479.

In 1500’s      – Henry VIII closes down St Albans Abbey on 5 December 1539.

King Edward VI grants St Albans a Town Charter in 1553.

In 1626         – Sir Francis Bacon, scientist and philosopher, dies and is buried at St Michael’s church.

In 1800’s     – The St Albans Steeplechase takes place in 1831 and inspires the Grand National.

– In 1877, St Albans is made a City and the Abbey Church becomes a Cathedral.

In 1900’s     – St Albans Pageant takes place in 1907, involving thousands of local people.

– Local businessman Samuel Ryder sponsors the first Ryder Cup match in 1926.