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Following public meetings in Ware between 1984-85. Ware Town Council offered the Priory Lodge, a Grade 1 listed building at the entrance to Ware Priory, dating back to the 14th century, as a Museum for the town.
In 2001 a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was awarded and we were able to both enlarge and update the galleries and link to the World War II Command Bunker in the museum garden.
A Tourist Information Point was opened for those exploring Ware, both visitors and residents.
In 2007 a further extension was built, with the help of a second Heritage Lottery Fund grant, to give more space for exhibitions and to provide a workroom for the backroom team who record artefacts and prepare exhibitions.
During the 2001 building works a Mediæval Well was discovered that supplied water to the monks. This was at first in the garden, but in 2007 it was enclosed in the new Star Gallery and a glass cover fitted that allows visitors to walk above the well!
A now unused window between the Star Gallery and the Hope Gallery has a display of Hitch Bricks, a patent building system, examples of which can still be seen in the town.
Ware Museum is supported by grants and donations.