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Object of the Week: First World War Munitions Clerk Tunic

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


If you’ve (re)visited our exhibition From Bull Plain to the Battlefields you might have seen that we have a new object on display! Whilst documenting all of the research we’ve been doing for our First World war activities, exhibition and events we discovered that we had a Munitons Clerk Tunic that had previously been recorded in our catalogue without a date. When we checked the tunic we discovered it still has its original label with the date of manufacture!


This tunic was made in 1917 by Cohen & Wilkes of Manchester for women working in Royal Ordnance Factories. We believe our tunic was never worn but it was destined for the small munitions factory at Enfield. You can find out all about life for a munitions worker on the Imperial War Museum’s website.

And whilst you’re looking at that website why not take a look at our new website as well! It’s full of information and pictures from our exhibition From Bull Plain to the Battlefields as well as a brief history of the Hertfordshire Regiment and lots of helpful links if you’re researching the First World War or a specific soldier!


If you haven’t booked tickets for tonight’s Evening of Remembrance at Hertford Theatre but would like to come and hear stories from Hertfordshire Regiment soldiers in their own words then don’t worry- there will be tickets available on the door!

The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 (free to veterans and armed services personnel.

£5 from every ticket sold will go to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Object of the Week: Playing Cards (matching game)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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These wonderful playing cards are from a game of matching pairs. We have several packs of playing cards from all kinds of games recorded in our collections database and these fantastic pictures have just been rediscovered as our volunteers work through our objects photographing them and making sure all our records have images attached.

This week’s events

If you want to see some of the THOUSANDS of objects our collections volunteers are working on at the moment come to our Stores Open Day on Saturday 9th May. Make sure you put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!

We’re in the middle of changing exhibitions at the moment- High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone opens on the 2nd May but there’s still plenty to see in the museum whilst we’re working!

Teachers don’t forget out new Learning Officer Jo Marychurch has now started so get in touch with her to book any visits or for any other help/ideas! All of our current workshops and loans boxes are on our website so take a look and get booking!

Person of the Week (!): Joanne Marychurch

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This week we’re doing something slightly different and introducing our person of the week!


My name is Jo Marychurch, and I’m the new Learning Officer at Hertford Museum. I used to work for Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey, in their museum service. I’m very excited to be working at Hertford Museum, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Jo started today so she’s still finding her feet- make sure to say hello if you see her in the activities during the holidays. Any teachers who would like to get in touch with Jo please call 01992 582686 or email

This week’s events

We’re halfway through our Extraordinary Egyptians activities! You can still drop in to take part in crafty activities inspired by our collections. Make a mummy mask, clay amulets and more! Different activities will run each week (Tuesday-Thursday) and activities cost just £1.50 per child, last entry 3pm.

Our Inspired by Bickerton competition entries are now on display in our temporary gallery so come and take a look at the wonderful display!

Don’t forget our new booklet, Lost Buildings of Hertford ~ Part 1. This book is full of images from our collections of buildings no longer standing in Hertford and it has been put together by our Museum Support Assistant Holly Rapley with assistance from Jean Purkiss.

Object of the week: Votes for Women sash

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Today’s object of the week is chosen by Learning Officer Eleanor Payne who we are sadly saying goodbye to today! Eleanor will be starting her new job at the Women’s Library in the London School of Economics next week and in honour of that she has chosen this wonderful Votes for Women sash.


Eleanor has been with Hertford Museum for 7 years working with local schools, uniformed organisations, adult groups and also organising all of our family activities for school holidays.


We’ll have news about our new Learning Officer in our Summer Newsletter so keep an eye out for that. If you have any questions about our schools programme or other learning opportunities in the meantime please contact the main museum number (01992 582686) or email ( and we’ll do our best to help you.

Object of the Week: Brownie uniform (1960s)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrate “Thinking Day” on the 22nd February and so this week’s object of the week comes from our textile collection- it’s this wonderful Brownie uniform from the 1960s. The girl who wore it was a member of the Sele Farm Brownies and made her Promise in 1962.


If you were a Brownie do you recognise any of these badges? Or do you still have any of your own uniform or badges from when you were a Brownie, Guide, Cub or Scout?


This week’s events:

There’s just one day left of our Optical Illusions Half Term family craft activities. Drop in tomorrow 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm) or check out our What’s On page for more information.

Whilst the weather is looking sunny why not take your camera out and snap a photograph for our Inspired by Bickerton competition- all you need to do is take a picture of a wild animal that lives in Hertfordshire! The competition is open to all ages and we’ll be holding an exhibition of all the entries. For full details see our website or pick up a leaflet at the museum.

Next Wednesday you can come and hear sections of Bickerton’s own lectures at our Wild Birds and They Ways evening. Bickerton’s lectures were hugely popular in his lifetime and we’ll be recreating some of the most poetic and fascinating sections using scans of his own slides. Tickets are £7.50 including a glass of wine. Full details on our website.

In the second week of Advent…

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

… Hertford Museum brought to you more fantastic objects in our online Advent Calendar (just check out our Facebook page or #HMAdvent on twitter to see them all!) We’d love to know which has been your favourite so far!

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We’ve also brought you this very Christmas-y video from our Christmas Spectacular! If you like what you see then don’t forget that this Saturday, 13th December it’s our Christmas Model Railway day and this year it’s extra special because Santa Claus is visiting!


It’s also our last Knit & Natter of 2014 this Thursday and there will be some festive treats alongside the usual tea & coffee so if you’ve never been before this would be a great month to start!


Make sure you’re following us on facebook and twitter or keeping a close watch on our website for information about all the Christmas fun coming up at the museum.

Hertford Oral History Group

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Our mission statement as a museum (which you can find on our website!) says that we aim to collect, preserve and interpret evidence of the history of the county town and surrounding parishes.

When we talk about collections people often think about objects whether archaeology, natural history or contemporary social history objects (we’ve just had several mobile phones donated to us!) but our collections are much wider than that.


Museums also collect photographs and archive film footage and we also collect oral histories- recordings of people’s memories, experiences and opinion. At Hertford Museum we’re very lucky to also host the archive of the Hertford Oral History Group.

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HOHG was founded in 1990 with the intention of preserving the memories of Hertford residents and since then over 400 people have been recorded! Many of these recordings have been transcribed by a team of volunteers and, for the first time, some of these transcriptions are now available on the HOHG page of our website.

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More will be added as they become available but for now there are plenty of fascinating interviews to read though- you can search the transcripts by name or search for a particular theme or place if you prefer.

If you’re interested in listening to any of the oral history recordings you need to make an appointment through the museum- and don’t forget we have many more recordings belonging to the HOHG and to the museum itself that aren’t available online yet.

Support Hertford Museum – new Patrons scheme!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Last night we launched our new Patron and Corporate Patron schemes at a special event for museum supporters.

Museum supporters learning about our new Patrons scheme

There are many ways to support the museum from volunteering to joining our Super 100 Club not forgetting the wonderful Friends of Hertford Museum but now we have two new ways- our Patron and Corporate Patron schemes.

Photographs showing all of the different events that happen at the museum

If you sign up as a Patron you will be helping secure Hertford Museum’s future but there are also plenty of benefits to you! For a minimum annual donation of £150 our patrons enjoy:

  • Annual Patrons’ reception
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
  • Your name displayed on the Roll of Honour in the Museum
  • An annual behind the scenes experience
  • Regular newsletters
  • A 10% discount in the shop

We also have a separate scheme for Corporate Patrons which we hope will benefit your business as well as ours! For an annual donation of £200 our Corporate Patrons enjoy:

  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
  • Free link on our website to your business
  • Annual reception at the Museum to which you bring clients or colleagues
  • Your business’ name displayed on the Roll of Honour in the Museum
  • An annual behind the scenes experience
  • Regular newsletters
  • A 10% discount on room hire

To find out more about either of our schemes for Patrons visit our website or email or call us on 01992 582686.

Friends of Hertford Museum at our patrons launch

The Collections Trust (and our Christmas Model Railway Day)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Eagle eyed followers will have noticed that today is Thursday instead of our regular Wednesday blog, sorry!

Yesterday Sarah (our Assistant Curator) was at a Collections Trust conference about Digital Asset Management. The conference was looking at all of the digital assets (photographs, video, sound files, word documents, object records etc.) that museum’s care for now and how they can be best stored, looked after and used. It’s an issue that is becoming increasingly important for museums and we were very lucky to be given a free place thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Museum's are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we're still learning how best to store digital objects!

Museum’s are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we’re still learning how best to store digital objects!

Hopefully over the next few years we will be finding better ways to make sure all of our “digital” collections are properly stored and working out how to share them with you- don’t forget you can already look through digital copies of most of our photographs on the Photograph Kiosk at the museum (and prints of these pictures make wonderful, personal Christmas presents!)

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk-  Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

Yesterday was also our Cake Sale for the Philippines and we raised over £50 but there’s still money coming in so we’ll let you know the full total next week!


Don’t forget this weekend, Saturday 30th November, it’s our Christmas Model Railway Day. There will be festive train layouts for you to see (and maybe have a try yourself) from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and it’s always a popular day so don’t miss out!


New School Term and New Schools Sessions!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s already October and the Autumn term is in full swing but we’ve already had lots of school visits this year and our Learning Officer, Eleanor, has taken some of our sessions out to other schools!

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If you visit the museum during the week you’ll often see schools in our galleries, garden or doing workshops in the Andrews Room and to keep all the local teachers up-to-date on our current sessions we have a special Schools Newsletter which comes out at the start of each term.

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This Autumn our newsletter includes some details about our brand new Natural History workshops. We’re really excited to be able to use our Natural History collections with schools this year and we have two new sessions both supported by Arts Council England as part of our World of Wallace project.

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From November schools can book a session called An Animal Gathering, all about how different animals and species adapt and change depending on their habitats, or Who Was Wallace, all about Alfred Russel Wallace’s adventures and discoveries.

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For more details you can always see the Schools section of our website and at the moment there is a special World of Wallace Schools page as well.