Why is it always a surprise to visitors and sometimes residents that Harlow has a wealth of culture, sculpture, credible visual venues as well as regular diverse music and performance programmes? Rising from dramatic circumstances after the Second World War the prime activity was to build homes, create thriving industry and renew disparate communities. After experiencing war torn London beautiful surroundings were important for people's health and well being and due to the commitment of Harlow Art Trust the new town became known for its public art and green spaces.
Sculptors like Moore, Hepworth, Rodin, Lynn Chadwick made work to be placed around the housing areas. This has resulted in awards and grade II listings for the outstanding collection with an astounding 90 pieces found in urban, river and walking trails. The master planner, architect and landscape architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd resided in Old Harlow and his house and gardens are a national visitor attraction and forms part of a popular tour for the uninitiated.
Expertly led the tours start at the Gibberd Gallery where the town's 20th Century watercolour collection is on permanent display. Transport will be offered to whisk visitors through the edges and centre of the town to little known urban areas, peeking at the listed works of art then onto lunch at the Gibberd Garden. The afternoon consists of a VIP view of the house with the freedom to roam the gardens and explore the personal collection of eclectic works that belonged to Sir Frederick and his wife lady Patricia. "I'll never look at Harlow the same way again" visitor on a tour from Saffron Walden.
|Thu 11 May 2017||10:00 to 16:00|
|Thu 8 Jun 2017||10:00 to 16:00|
|Thu 6 Jul 2017||10:00 to 16:00|
|Thu 17 Aug 2017||10:00 to 16:00|
|Thu 14 Sep 2017||10:00 to 16:00|
Free Parking at the Gibberd Garden with coach pick-up to go to the Gallery.
- Coach parties accepted
- Facilities for educational visits
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is solid
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has a ramp
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Lift equipped with verbal floor announcements
- Lift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
- Contrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
If you have any concerns about access to the building or the gallery please call in advance and we will be happy to answer any questions.
- Ramp to entrance
- Handrail by ramp
- Entrance is well lit
- Automatic door at the main entrance
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Good colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
- Audible alarm system
- Visual alarm system