Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Object of the Week: Egyptian Scarab Amulet

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

This Egyptian Scarab amulet is around 4000 years old and was made to be worn as a necklace of brooch across someone’s chest.

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In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day, transforming bodies and souls. Beetles of of the Scarabaeidae family (dung beetle) roll dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs that are later transformed into larvae. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration.

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Some of our visitors have been making their own Scarab amulets this week as well as adding to our wonderful Egyptian mural! There’s one more day of activities so if you haven’t visited us so far this Easter don’t miss out!

This week’s events

Inspired by Bickerton closes on Saturday so if you haven’t been in to see the competition entries or Bickerton’s own photographs this is your last chance!

We have a Stores Open Day coming up on Saturday 9th May. If you want a chance to see behind the scenes at the museum then put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!

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!

Object of the Week: Lost Buildings of Hertford

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

We have a new booklet available in the shop, 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.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

There’s a complete range of buildings shown from the old Cowbridge station to the streets that were demolished to build Bircherley Green. The booklet costs just £3.50 and all proceeds from this booklet will go towards our Picture This! project which will allow 24 hour online public access to our collection of over 12,000 images.

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This week’s events:

We’ve just finished putting up all your amazing entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition so drop into the museum to see them all (and especially our two winners). They will be on display as part of our Mr Bickerton and his Birds display from 2nd – 18th April so don’t miss out!

Although the museum will be closed on Friday for the Bank Holiday we will be open on Saturday as it’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend! Drop in to enjoy a simple craft, toys, books and games all for FREE in the Andrews Room.

Our Extraordinary Egyptians activities start next Tuesday! Drop in over the Easter holidays 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.

Museum Takeover Day(s)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you follow us on twitter or facebook you’ll have seen that on Friday the museum was being aken over by students from Simon Balle school as part of Takeover Day.

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The students designed trails around the museum and made their own posters to advertise the day and they even made cakes in case anyone turned up expecting the Hertford Country Market! In the afternoon pupils from local primary schools visited and were shown round by the students as well. It was a fantastic day and very well planned by the student team (we’re all a bit nervous for our jobs now!)

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Then on Saturday the Andrews Room was taken over by the Hertford and District Camera Club annual exhibition. The exhibition was a great success and you can see the lists of winners on their website.

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And there’s still one more very important takeover to come- this Friday evening the museum is going to be hosting Father Christmas himself as part of the Hertford Christmas Lights Switch On and our own Christmas Spectacular.

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Father Christmas will be at the museum from 4-6pm and then from 6.45-8pm (in between he’ll be switching the lights on in the town centre) so drop in to say hello (£1.50 per child including a present!) and you can also have a go at a free Christmas craft and from 5.45-6.15 we’ll have St Andrews Church Choir singing festive carols too.

You can see what we got up to at least year’s Christmas Spectacular on our YouTube channel!

Hertford & Beyond- St Mary’s School, Singla

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

This week we’ve received an update on how the money raised from Hertford & Beyond has been used! All of the proceeds from sales of the prints and the notecards were split between the Museum and St Mary’s School in Singla, Darjeeling.

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Sales plus additional donations inspired by the exhibition meant that the school received £1600 and they’ve already put that money to good use. The school’s trustees went to India at the end of last month and have authorised the school to spend some of the money immediately on two main items:

1. Two laptop computers and two Reliance dongles, capable of supporting 4 laptops online with fast internet connection plus annual maintenance agreements.
2. Safety Fencing to be installed in the terrace between the upper and lower school.

Trustee Sir John Casson in the computer lab at St Mary’s School, October 2014.

Trustee Sir John Casson in the computer lab at St Mary’s School, October 2014.

So that is great news and it will make a real difference to the pupils and teachers at the school. Everyone who bought a photo or note card has contributed directly to this result and the school (and photographer Dennis Preston) want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the exhibition

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World of Wallace on tour!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

It might seem like it’s been a long time since our World of Wallace exhibition closed but behind the scenes our Wallace project has continued as we prepare for its national tour!

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The exhibition has currently been booked by six museums across the country- you can check out which ones on our World of Wallace tour page– and the first one is The Oxfordshire Museum who will be hosting the exhibition from the 19th July.

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To get all of the birds, beasts, shells and insects ready to go on the road last week John & Tony from Constantine (who are experts in packing and transporting museum objects) came to crate up all the collections ready to go on the road and as it’s the first time we’ve sent out such a big exhibition we thought you might like to see some pictures from the crating process!

Constantine came and measured all the objects that are going on tour and built these special cases.

Constantine came and measured all the objects that are going on tour and built these special cases.

Each case is designed for one or more specific objects- this one was for our Kiwi and bird domes.

Each case is designed for one or more specific objects- this one was for our Kiwi and bird domes.

The domes were carefully wrapped and then packed into their crates.

The domes were carefully wrapped and then packed into their crates.

Here are John & Tony placing our Black Swan into its crate.

Here are John & Tony placing our Black Swan into its crate.

Can you guess which animal from the exhibition is wrapped and ready to go in this case?

Can you guess which animal from the exhibition is wrapped and ready to go in this case?

Some of the smaller objects went in specially made boxes- our flying fish is ready to go!

Some of the smaller objects went in specially made boxes- our flying fish is ready to go!

The crates and boxes are all safely marked as FULL and ready to go to Oxfordshire and beyond!

The crates and boxes are all safely marked as FULL and ready to go to Oxfordshire and beyond!

Escape the weather at Hertford Museum this Half Term!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We hope you’re all staying safe and dry in this horrible weather- to make sure you’re not going completely crazy whilst stuck in doors there’s LOTS to do at the museum over the next couple of weeks. Today our Learning Officer Eleanor has been working with several other local museums on how we can support schools with the new National Curriculum meanwhile staff from Tring Natural History Museum have been visiting us (and helping us identify some mystery birds in our collections!)

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Tomorrow is a Knit & Natter Thursday where anyone can drop in with their knitting (or crocheting!) and joing our friendly group of a cup of tea and a chat. Then on Friday it’s the Hertford Country Market where you can pick up lots of goodies to cheer yourself up.

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Then on Saturday, as a special Half Term treat (and back by popular demand!) we’re having another Spirit of the Wild day as part of our World of Wallace exhibition! The day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm but there are free timed entry slots which will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis. Come and wonder at an array of amazing creatures from around the world with Spirit of the Wild, generously supported by Arts Council England.

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Then for Half Term itself the museum is going to become home to Excellent Explorers! From Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th February there will be family craft activities inspired by intrepid explorers like Dora & Diego (as well as Alfred Russel Wallace himself!). Sessions run from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and cost £1.50 per child. Dor herself might be making an appearence during the week too so keep an eye out for her!

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A Taste of Indonesia (and our new eNewsletter)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

This Saturday 9th November we are having a special late night opening at the museum from 6.00 – 9.00pm to give our adult visitors a chance to see World of Wallace and experience Wallace’s Indonesia through music and food (along with some more familiar drinks!).

Aru Islands (Malay Archipelago)

Music is being provided by Aris Daryono who was born in Central Java, Indonesia and who founded Go Gamelan!, a gamelan company based in London.

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There will also be a tasting selection of Indonesian food to try provided by Lobster Pot Catering as well as wine & soft drinks and thank to the support of Arts Council England the whole evening is entirely free!

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We’re also going to be launching our new mailing list which we’ll be using to send out emails to all of our supporters once or twice a month. With the cost of post going up all the time a eNewsletter is the best way to keep everyone up-to-date with everything that’s happening at the museum so we hope lots of you will sign up! We’ll be sending out our museum newsletter, event flyers, information about children’s activities and lots more so don’t miss out!

You can sign up to our new eNewsletter from the front page of our website.

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.

Museums & Social Media (how are we doing?)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I don’t want to confuse any body but this week’s blog is about this blog! Because we don’t have comments on the blog (there’s been too much spam sadly!) we wanted to ask today- is there anything you think we should talk about more or something we should be doing differently?

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At the moment we use our weekly updates to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s happening at the museum, let you know about future plans and events, give you sneak peeks behind the scenes and sometimes set you challenges and questions with mystery photographs and objects.

Behind the scenes at Hertford Museum

Behind the scenes at Hertford Museum

We’d love to hear any of your thoughts about how we’re doing with our social media (this blog, Facebook and Twitter). You can drop us a message on facebook or twitter or send us an email or even let us know in person if you’re passing the museum!

The museum in 1948.

The museum in 1948.

And whilst we’re talking about blogs here are some other brilliant museum blogs you could be following:

Inside the Museum of London (collections and behind the scenes information from the Museum of London)

Stories from the Stores (one of the Science Museum’s many blogs focussing on the objects they don’t have on display)

Museums Journal blog (this is the official blog of the Museums Association so if you’re interested in current issues facing museums it’s a good one to watch)

The Imperial War Museum blogs (the IWM split their blogs into different subjects- research or social interaction or special projects so there’s something for everyone)

Horniman blog (more collections focus but also lots about their events including sheep shearing! Plus they sometimes mention the adventures of the Horniman Walrus)

Let us know if you have any other favourite museum blogs or social media accounts!

Half Term & a Family Friendly Museum Award

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Half Term is always busy at Hertford Museum and this week we’ve had hundreds of children through the doors for our day of Chinese New Year activities on Saturday and our Half Term drop in craft sessions yesterday, today and we’re hoping we’ll be just as busy on Thursday!

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Throughout the year we always try to have lots of different activities available for children of all ages from craft and colouring to music, food tasting and dressing up as well as our museum and town trails. An it’s not just during the holidays, Toddler Tuesdays take place regularly throughout the year and we have Stay and Play Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month. Plus our regular interactives, trails and quizzes are available whenever we’re open!

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

To celebrate the work that museums do with children and families the Telegraph has launched The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award and, if you have ever brought your children or grandchildren (or someone else’s children!) to the museum, we would like you to consider nominating us. The website explains how you can do that but what they really want is an email or letter telling them exactly why you love Hertford Museum!

Just in case you’ve forgotten what activities we have for families here are some pictures from the last 12 months!

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term


Some of the 2011 Big Draw competition entries.

Some Big Draw competition entries.

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Taking part in the Museum's RNLI Town Trail last year.

Taking part in the Museum’s RNLI Town Trail last year.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award

Email: award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk

Post: Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, Can Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH

Deadline for nominations 10 May 2013.