The Watford Observer has teamed up with Watford Museum and its curator Sarah Priestley to take a journey back to the town’s past through items or places of historical significance.

The ninth item in ‘a history of Watford in 50 objects' is topical as the end of Black History Month approaches. It's a photograph album belonging to a member of the town's first black family - and people will soon be able to see it online.

Sarah said: "Charles Buxton came to Watford in 1919 having served as an ambulance driver in World War One. Originally from Antigua he married a local girl Edith and established a delivery business. They had five children and were a well respected and popular family, especially when their four sons, Laurie, Allan, Alex and Joe became known for their boxing talents.

"As Allan wrote for the Watford Observer “Our family was a boxing family of Watford. We were four brothers, known as the Buxton brothers. In the 1940s and 1950s, our family were featured in the Watford Observer nearly every week".

Watford Observer:

The album has been digitalised

"This album of Laurie’s career was purchased for the museum by the Friends of Watford Museum and charts his exciting career. With a grant from the Hertfordshire Association of Museums it has been digitalised and will be appearing on our website in the coming weeks."

Watford Museum has reopened to the public. You can visit on Saturdays at present with pre-booking essential. Housed in the former Benskins Mansion, the Grade II listed building holds treasures of Watford history from Cassiobury to printing to Watford Football Club. To find out more, visit