Thursday 18 December 2014

The Barnet Eye Advent calendar Thursday 18th December

So only a week to go until Christmas Day. Today we focus on Barnet. Perhaps the thing Barnet is best known for is it's use as Cockney Rhyming slang for hair! Today we look at the reason for this, Barnet Fair, with a video from 1931 of this long standing event in the local calendar.

And for todays charity, we look at the excellent Barnet Museum - There are many historic facts about Barnet that you can learn from a visit. They say about themselves

About us
Barnet Museum is a free local history Museum in North London run by volunteers. The Museum’s collection contains hundreds of artefacts reflecting the history of Barnet and those that have lived there, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. There is also an extensive archive, and we are a centre for local and family history research.

The Museum focuses on Chipping Barnet, East Barnet, New Barnet, Hadley and the surrounding districts.

The Museum opened in March 1938 to house and make available to the public the growing collection of the Barnet Record Society (now Barnet Museum & Local History Society) which had been founded in 1927 to record and preserve Barnet’s history. The Museum building is an attractive early Georgian house in the heart of Chipping Barnet, and is part of Wood Street conservation area. The Museum is a registered charity (no.295950) and accredited Museum.


If you’re interested in volunteering at Barnet Museum, please get in touch at or come in to the Museum. Volunteers do a whole range of jobs including welcoming visitors, manning our shop, helping visitors with research, cataloguing our collection, keeping our garden tidy, cleaning the museum, etc.

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