Archive for the ‘Development’ Category

Hertford Museum Orrery

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Over the year’s the objects on display at Hertford Museum have to keep changing but we’re often asked about objects that are now in our stores. One of the things we’re asked about most frequently is our orrery which was on display in the museum for nearly 70 years!

The orrery on display in the 1960s

The orrery on display in the 1960s

The orrery –a mechanical model of the solar system – was made by Jeremiah Cleeve of Welwyn in around 1810. It was given to us by the Science Museum in 1933 and has been an important part of our collection ever since. However it now needs urgent conservation work. The globe is rapidly losing varnish and the paper surface at real risk of permanent damage. The mechanism of the orrery is also in desperate need of cleaning so that it can one again be operated.


We are hoping to have the orrery on display as part of our Rise of the Machines exhibition later this year and we’d like to have it in full working order but to do that we need to raise £2050. We’ve already had a donation from the Robert Kiln Charitable Trust but we’ve got a long way to go to raise the full total and so we’re asking our visitors and supporters for help!


If you’d like more information about the significance of the orrery, our plans for it’s display and storage long term and also the work that needs doing you can download a pdf here or get in touch with us.


Don’t forget if you want a chance to see some of the other objects in our collection that aren’t on display at the moment then you can come and see behind the scenes at our Store on Saturday as part of this year’s Open Heritage Weekend. See our website for full details!

The Andrews Room @ Hertford Museum

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum now has WiFi installed!

Our activity room is used by all kinds of people and groups and so, in honour of it’s new wireless connection, we thought we’d tell you about some of the things that happen in there each week!

  1. Toddler Tuesdays These themed crafty activity mornings are very popular with our youngest visitors. They play with toys, share a story and make something to take home as well as having a drink (with tea & coffee available for parents!)

  2. Adult Learning Our Garden History course, led by Kate Harwood, started yesterday but there are still places available on Margaret Davis’ course on The Renaissance in Florence which will start in May.
  3. Country Market Every Friday morning from 10:30-12:30 the room is taken over by a Country Market where you can buy plants, fruit & veg, jams, cakes and all kinds of other goodies! The first market of 2012 will be tomorrow (20th January)

  4. Schools We offer lots of different workshops for visiting schools including Blanket Archaeology, Tilly’s Toy Box and a session on Inventions (pictured here). The Andrews Room can also be used as a lunchroom by visiting groups.

  5. A space for your meetings The Andrews Room is open to bookings from external groups and in the last few months it’s been used for training days, formal meetings, social gatherings and as a Bridge Club! It’s a flexible space and we can provide a projector, computer and now WiFi as well as Tea & Coffee if requested.

And that’s only the start! It’s where most of our Children’s Activities take place, it’s used as an exhibition space and it’s also where our Afternoon Teas are served in the Spring & Summer!

The building work at Hertford Museum continues!

Monday, July 20th, 2009
The new Learning Space takes shape.

The new Learning Space takes shape.

 The building work at Hertford Museum is coming on nicely, (right) the learning space takes shape with the edition of its roof!
(Below)  Mark Holland of Bakers of Danbury (our building contractor) samples Hertford Museum’s delicious home made scones. We will be serving cream teas next spring and summer in the museum garden!
Mark Holland of Bakers of Danbury samples a home made scone!

Mark Holland of Bakers of Danbury samples a home made scone!

Sizing up the pilasters! (Below)
Architect Mike Cook of Architects Co Partnership (right) and Bakers of Danbury Site Manager Vince Kerrison size up the museum’s oak pilasters which will feature on both floors of the museum. These pilasters once adorned the exterior wall of the Old Coffee House Inn which was on Maidenhead Street (where Stead and Simpson now resides). The building was demolished in 1938 and the Curator rescued these beautifully carved timbers dating to the 1600s along with many other pieces from inside the inn.
Mike Cook of Architects Co Partnership and Vince Kerrison of Bakkers of Danbury

Mike Cook of Architects Co Partnership and Vince Kerrison of Bakers of Danbury

Bye Bye old toilet block!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

This week at Hertford Museum we said farewell to our old external toilet block which was demolished by Bakers of Danbury. 

The toilet block in the museum garden prior to demolition

The toilet block in the museum garden prior to demolition

The same view taken on 24th March 2009.

The same view taken on 24th March 2009.

Archaeologists Heritage Network will now be brought in to do an investigation of the ground before the builders start on the new Learning Space.

Our beautiful Jacobean style knot garden has been protected as has the fig tree. We have had to say goodbye to our lovely arbour as this area will now be taken up by the new Learning Space.  We are looking forward to using our garden next year for cream teas and other events.  Watch this space!

Helen Gurney, Curator

WANTED! Old film of Hertford

Friday, February 20th, 2009

We are searching for old film of the town of Hertford before 1970s.  This will go in our new displays when we re-open in 2010. 

Do you have any you could let us copy and borrow?  We would be very interested to know more.  Please contact us on 01992 582686 or email us

Welcome to Hertford Museum’s Blog!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

We have set this blog up so that we can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening at Hertford Museum during the development project and beyond!   This includes our outreach events that are taking place around town, as well as a sneaky preview of what will be going on display when the museum re-opens in early 2010. 

Please do check back regularly to look at posts by myself as well as my colleagues Ruth Stratton, Eleanor Payne, Holly Rapley and Connie Taylor.