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Object of the week: Zoetrope

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
A zoetrope on display in Hertford Museum

A zoetrope on display in Hertford Museum

A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation machines used to produce the illusion of moving images. It works by displaying a sequence of drawings which are viewed through slits in anrevolving drum.

Looking through the zoetrope's slits before it starts revolving.

Looking through the zoetrope’s slits before it starts revolving.

Although several different people invented similar machines during the mid 1800s the name zoetrope (from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning”) came from an American inventor William F. Lincoln in the 1860s.

Children from Abel Smith school playing with a replica zoetrope in the museum.

Children from Abel Smith school playing with a replica zoetrope in the museum.

Our family activities this Half Term are called Impossible Illusions and Optical Tricks and you’ll be able to play with replicas of some amazing optical illusions and then make your own optical illusions and toys to take home.

Our activities are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am – 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm!) and cost just £1.50 per child.

This week’s events:

Our Half Term family craft activities are on Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February 2014, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). For more details check out our What’s On page.

This month’s Friends of Hertford Museum talk is “Gallows Hill” by Ken Griffen. Ken will review the origins and role of Gallows Hill and look at local executions over the last 500 years. The talk is on Tuesday 17 February at 8 pm in the St Andrews Centre, Hertford. Talks cost £2 for visitors and tickets are available on the door.

Booking is now open for our Art & Crafts for adults taster sessions. Full details are availble in our newsletter or on our What’s On page.

Object of the week- Walter Gunn’s WW1 archive

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Our second object of the week is a little unusual in that it isn’t actually part of our museum collection yet! This wonderful collection of medals, photographs and other ephemera belonging to Private W.H. Gunn will be auctioned on the 24th January and we are hoping to raise enough money to be able to bring the collection to Hertford Museum to become part of the Hertfordshire Regiment Collection.


Walter Gunn survived a gas attached during the First World War when he was a battalion runner and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry. This collection also includes letters about the gas attach as well as Gunn’s cap badge, pay books, pocket watch and several photographs.

Gunn collection

To help bring this collection to Hertford Museum we need YOUR help though and we are collecting donations online here. If you think you can help then please donate as soon as possible and we will let you know how we get on after the auction!

Any money left after we have purchased the collection, or if we are unsuccessful in our bid, will be put towards our First World War exhibition Hertford at War which will be on display from the end of September 2015.

Patrons Evening and remembering Martin Andrews

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Last Saturday saw our annual Patrons Evening when we have a chance to thank the wonderfully generous members of the Hertford Museum Patrons scheme and also celebrate the work that the museum has done over the last year.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

We always enjoy seeing our supporters and this year was especially important to us because we have been able to make some wonderful changes to the museum garden because of money given to us by the Friends of Hertford Museum and a bequest from Martin Andrews.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

Martin died in 2012 and on Saturday his brother Giles Andrews planted a bay tree in the museum garden in his memory. Martin and Giles, and their cousins David, are all great grandsons of one of our Founders, R.T. Andrews, and we are very grateful to have them as friends and supporters.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews

The Friends of Hertford Museum (& a new Arts & Craft Fair)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This week we wanted to talk about a very important group of people- The Friends of Hertford Museum!

Becoming a member of the Friends is a great way to support the museum not just in terms of fundraising but also raising the profile of the museum and often supporting the day to day work of the museum (a lot of our Volunteers are Friends and vice versa!)


The FOHM run events through the year including a garden party, a talk each month and their annual quiz! Most of thei events are open to the general public so it’s always worth looking at the Friends Programme on our What’s On page- talks cost just £2 for non-members and cover a wide variety of subjects.

This year’s Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz Night is on Saturday 2nd March at Sele Community Centre and we’d love to see some new faces! £10 pays for a light supper and the quiz itself and there will be a licensed bar as well. Teams need to made up of eight people (though if you don’t have that many they can arrange to group people together) and tickets are available from the Museum Front Desk.


All money raised by the FOHM go towards the museum and it’s work and their support has helped us continue or work caring for the museum collections and making sure they’re seen by the widest possible audience so if you can attend an event, or join the Friends yourself, then please do!

One last quick note- this weekend, on Saturday 9th February from 10.30am – 1.30pm Hertford Museum will be hosting a new Arts & Craft Market where you can choose from a wide variety of handmade crafts, jewellery and gifts all made by local artists and craftspeople. The market will take place every second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Hertford Farmers’ Market so come along and check it out!

craft fair

Help Support Your Museum!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

One of the questions our front of house staff get asked the most by new visitors is “how much does it cost to look round” but here at Hertford Museum we are dedicated to keeping the museum admission free, as it has always been, so that everyone who wants to visit is able to.

As we’re an independent museum, and a registered charity, our free admission means we rely heavily on donations to help continue to provide a top quality service to current and future generations and so today we wanted to share a few ways you can help us (and what we can do for you in return!)

Become a Patron

Museum Patrons are recorded on a Roll of Honour at the museum and are invited to social events at the museum, including Private Views events for any exhibition the museum puts on to thank them for their generous support. Patrons also receive the regular museum newsletter.

To become a Patron we ask for a donation of £100 (or more) a year.

Become a Friend

The Friends of Hertford Museum fundraise for the museum but they also provide a varied programme of talks, visits and social activities for their members. As a Friend you will receive a regular newsletter three times a year with information about Friends events as well as the latest museum updates.

Membership costs £10 for an individual or £15 per year for a household and you can pick up a form from the museum Front Desk.

The Friends of Hertford Museum Christmas Party.

Join our Super 100 Club

The museum Super 100 Club is drawn every month with prizes for the first 3 numbers picked. The prize money depends on how many tickets have been sold with the top prize 20% or the total (then 10% and 5%).

It costs £24 to buy one number for a year and there is no limit on how many numbers you purchase!

Give a Donation

We are always happy to accept donations in cash or cheques by post or in person however big or small! Donations to the museum can always be Gift Aided as well so that we can make the most of your gifts.

Visit our shop

If you’re looking for interesting presents then why not pay a visit to our museum shop. We’ve got a range of toiletries from the National Trust, some beautiful jewelry and lots of toys and games for children. We also stock a large range of local history books several of which aren’t available anywhere else (including on Amazon!).

Every purchase you make in our shop will help the museum so you can do your shopping and feel you’re doing good as well!

Visit & support our events!

There’s always something going on at the museum so please pick up a copy of our newsletter or look at our What’s On page and see what’s coming up next! Why not pick up a second newsletter to give to a friend or neighbor?

Next week we’ll be telling you all about our two exciting events on Saturday 13th October but with October Half Term approaching and then Christmas following fast behind there’s lots to do for all ages and we’re always glad to see you!

Hertford Museum News – January 2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011

‘Up on the Heath’

An exhibition about Hertford Heath and its people, 22nd January – 19th March 2011

Every year Hertford Museum wiHertford Heath c1900-1910ll be producing a temprorary exhibition about one particular village in our collecting area. The first one of these will be about Hertford Heath. The exhibtion will trace the history of the village and its people through objects and listen to reminiscences on a brand new digital listening post funded by Hertford Oral History.

Hertford Heath School competition

In November and December Year 2 from Hertford Heath Primary school worked with our Learning Officer on a project all about their village. This included a bracing tour that led to some work that will be included in the exhibition itself. In addition, the entire Key Stage 2 class were invited to hertford-heath-24-11-10-008create a piece of artwork inspired by Hertford Heath for inclusion in the exhibition. We had some fantastic entries, with three deserving winners: 1st Oliver Canham – Year 5, 2nd Louise Reilly – Year 6, 3rd Emma Dyce – Year 5. These entries and best of the rest will be on display in the exhibition! Many thanks to Mrs Clements, Mrs Goodwin and Miss Moring for all their hard work, not to mention the children thenselves, well done all!

Tour of Hertford Heath

‘In the footsteps of Romans’ with Jean Bawcutt, Sunday 6th March 2011 at 11am. Booking essential, please book your place at the museum.  Start from Mission Room at Hertford Heath – FREE, please give a donation towards museum funds.fohm-logo

Friends of Hertford Museum talk

Florence Barclay of Hertford Heath  – Tuesday 15th March, 8pm at the museum, £2 non members.  All welcome.

To complement the museum’s Hertford Heath exhibition, Gill Cordingley will give a talk about the village’s famous authoress, Florence Barclay.

Friends of Hertford Museum – Quiz Night

At Sele Farm Community Centre, Saturday 5th March 7.30pm start, tickets cost £10 per person (includes light supper). Tickets available at the museum.

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Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite for coffee and cake or lunch on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential, please contact the museum on 01992 582686 or to secure your place(s) and for further details. Many walks get fully booked within days of the dates being published, so don’t delay!

Ware Road – 30th January with Jean Riddell

Hidden Hertford – 27th February with Gill Cordingley

‘In the footsteps of Romans’ a tour of Hertford Heath – 6th March with Jean Bawcutt

The pubs and breweries of Hertford – 13th March with Les Middlewood

Lost Landmarks of Hertford – 2oth March with Edgar Lake

Central Hertford – 27th March with Philip Sheail

Old Cross and Cowbridge – 10th April with Jean Riddell

Rivers of Hartham – 17th April with Edgar Lake

Country Market at Hertford Museum

The Country Market has returned to Hertford Museum after their Christmas break, come and buy some home made cakes or home grown produce, every Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm in The Andrews Room.

‘Mud, Sweat and Beer’ Everday life in Tudor times, 2nd April – 3rd September 2011

tudor-picFind out how gruesome diseases were treated, discover toe curling punishments and work up and appetite for Tudor food. Would you survive a Tudor childhood? Bringing together a wide range of amazing Tudor artefacts, this exciting exhibition explores the everday life of Tudor people from the penniless to the previleged. Interactives for this exhibition have been kindly loaned by Epping Forest District Museum.

Tudor and Jacobean Gardens – A talk by Kate Harwood

Saturday 7th May, 2pm £4 per person (includes tea and biscuits), please book and pay in advance at Hertford Museum.

This talk will take place in our Andrews Room which looks out onto the museum’s very own Jacobean knot garden. Kate Harwood is a lecturer, researcher and wirter on Garden History. She leads the Conservation and planning group of Hertfordshire Gardens Trust Conservation Group.

Tudor’s for School!

An exciting programme of costumed and handling sessions to support a class visit to the museum for the duration of the exhibition. Please contact Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer 01992 582686, email for your free copy of the schools newsletter with all the details of how to book. In addition teacher’s previews of the Tudors exhibition (with tea and cake!) will be held on Tuesday 5th April and Thursday 5th May, 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Please contact Eleanor to book your FREE place.

Children’s Activities

hetfmc778-rFebruary Half Term – TREASURE!

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th February, 10.30am – 3.30pm. £1.50 per child to take part, drop-in.

Find out about treasure and make an ancient coin using clay and paint. Have a go at our tresure trail around the museum and make your very own tresure map!

 Model Railway Day! Saturday 26th February, 10.30am – 3.30pmclip_image002

Admission free (donations towards the museum’s fund gratefully received!)

Come and join us for a fun day of working model railway layouts on display in our Andrews Room.

TUDOR FUN! Tudor open day Saturday 9th April – 10.30am – 3.30pm FREE!

Come along and discover life in Tudor times with our exhibition and sample food, listen to music, and dress up like a Tudor in our Andrews Rooms! Fun activities for all the family! Just turn up and enjoy!

Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th April, drop in from 10.30am – 3.30pm, £1.50 per child.

Make a minature knot garden, have a go at illuminated letters or make a Tudor character.

Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April, drop in from 10.30am – 3.30pm, £1.50 per child

Make a smelly pomander, a heraldic shield and a Tudor ruff!

Toddler Tuesday’s! Tuesday afternoons, 1.30pm -2.30pm for children aged 2-4 years.

Take part in themed crafty activites, play with toys and share a story! £1 per child, please book in advance. ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

15th February – Dream Catchers

15th March – Stained Glass Windows

26th April – Creepy Crawlies

Hertford Museum’s Discovery Bags!

Hertford Museum has received funding from Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘Every Child a Talker’ initiative, which aims to improve children’s literacy skills from a very early age. Bags of objects and activites to encourage lively chatter in the museums galleries will be available to use to support your visit anytime, FREE OF CHARGE, available from February 2011. For further information contact Eleanor Payne, 01992 582686 or email

Please note: that unless otherwise stated, adults are asked to accompany children at all times during museum activites and events. As some craft activites may include using messy materials like glue and paint, you are advised to wear or bring suitable clothing.

Bye bye Helen!hm-pics-002

Helen Giles, Curator at Hertford Museum will be leaving the museum at the beginning of March to work with her husband in his photography business ( Helen said “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hertford Museum and will miss the staff, trustees, friends and supporters who have been like one big happy family to me”. She has worked at the museum for nearly nine years. Goodbye and good luck Helen!

Talks and Tours organised by the Friends of Hertford Museum

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Programme for September 2009 to January 2010


Tuesday 15 September, 8.00pm Hertford 1900 – How The Town Was Run

Philip Sheail, Museum Volunteer and Friend will give an overview of the Town’s administration at the beginning of the last century.

Venue – Millbridge Rooms

Tuesday 20 October, 8.00pm – How the Friend’s Donations Have Helped the Museum

Curator Helen Gurney will outline how Friend’s donations have helped towards a number of acquisitions. She will also give a sneak preview of the building works.

Venue  – Hertford Museum

Tuesday 17 November, 8.00pm – Researching Hertford Clock Makers – Part II

Jean Riddell will give a follow on to her previous talk about researching Hertford’s clockmakers, bringing us up to date with her findings.

Venue – Millbridge Rooms

January – Winter Break

All talks and tours are free to Friends of Hertford Museum, there is a charge of £2 for visitors.