Stockwood Discovery Centre Luton
Opened July 2008
The scheme was part of a £6 million development project that transformed the old Stockwood Park Museum into Stockwood Discovery Centre. Using main themes of environment & sustainability and community & identity, it harnessed the impressive collections of Luton Museums Service (notably the Mossman Collection of horse-drawn vehicles and the Bedfordshire Rural Life displays, including the Bagshawe Collection), along with the outstanding gardens and remaining listed built elements of the site (Stockwood House was demolished in the 1950’s but the stable block remains intact), for the purposes of exploration and discovery.
Stockwood Discovery Centre has been extremely successful since it opened in the summer of 2008. The combination of culturally important museum displays with magnificent gardens, a bespoke children’s play area and high quality (but not over-priced) café facilities have made the site a favourite family attraction for Luton, Bedfordshire and further afield.
Stockwood has also received the 2009 Museums and Heritage Award for Best Permanent Exhibition for the quality of its interpretive displays, which were informed by a clear brief based on an enlightened ethos of sustainability.
Visit the Stockwood Discovery Centre online to find out more about what is happening at this great attraction.