Eighty-three-year-old toilet roll wins Hertfordshire Association of Museums Award

Published: 11 Dec 2019


An 83-year-old toilet roll, manufactured in 1936 by Letchworth chemist E.E Russell, from the Garden City Collection, has won object of the year at this year’s Hertfordshire Association of Museums Awards. The vintage toilet roll is currently on display at One Garden City Museum in Letchworth.

Over 1600 members of the public voted for their object of the year from a choice of eleven which included; The Royston Tapestry from Royston Museum, a Shell Mosaic from St Albans Museum, an Emperor Penguin from the Natural History Museum at Tring and a 1793 Offley Fire Engine from North Hertfordshire Museum.

Julie Gregson, Head of Heritage Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It was fantastic to see such a high standard of entries from a range of projects, highlighting the quality and quantity of activities taking place in Hertfordshire which have been described by the judges as innovative, ambitious, rewarding and valuable. The winning toilet roll is not only unusual but also shows Hertfordshire’s fascinating and varied history.”

The second annual awards ceremony was held at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin on Friday 6 December. The awards celebrated some of the outstanding museum projects that took place across the county last year and were judged by five independent judges recruited from the national museums sector.

Ros Allwood, Cultural Services Manager at the North Hertfordshire Museum said: “We’re grateful to Hertfordshire Association of Museums for this award, which recognises the transformation made by combining the staff and collections from the former Hitchin and Letchworth Museums into one cutting edge new museum, making North Herts an exciting cultural destination for visitors.”