AN ART exhibition to celebrate the 90th birthday of Hereford’s Black and White House Museum has officially opened today.

The exhibition showcases work produced by local artists from the Herefordshire Art and Craft Society, and will be on display at the museum until September 1.

While the iconic city centre building dates back to 1621, Herefordshire Council has organised the exhibition as part of a wider celebration to commemorate the 90th anniversary of it officially becoming a museum.

In addition to the exhibition, events have been planned for July 26 and 27, with The Charleston, the Lindy Hop and the Jive being some of the routines to be performed by dancers from CoolMoves.

Artists will be on hand on both days to help children and adults create colourful decorations to be used around the house.

On Friday, artists will help visitors with model building and creating Boho Banners to be hung on the railings outside the museum.

The drop-in activities will take place in marquees outside the museum in High Town, while the 3D model building will be done in the colourful style of 1920’s artist Mondrian.

On Saturday visitors can collage their own 1920s character using interesting materials.

Hessian bunting will be used, with the collages, to help decorate the house alongside some fantastic beaded bunting, also made by visitors.

Jenny Williams, chair of HACS, which is a not-for-profit organisation run by members, said: “It’s wonderful to partner with the museum and Herefordshire Council. The house is a stunning building, and all the work on display has been inspired by its beauty and charm.”

The house has been used for many purposes over the centuries, starting its life as a butcher's home and shop. It eventually became a branch of Lloyds Bank until the late 1920s.

In 1929 it officially opened as a museum and has for the past 90 years given visitors an extraordinary insight into daily life in Jacobean times.