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Object of the Week – Crocheted Christmas Decoration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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The museum Christmas tree has been decorated by a set of these beautiful crocheted ladies for as long as anyone here can remember! This year, inspired by these ladies, we asked our Knit & Natter group to create more decorations for us and they’ve done a great job! We have knitted decorations, crocheted baubles, a beautiful handmade sequin covered bauble and our staff have been making a host of pom poms to add to the fun!

We’re still adding to the tree but if you come to our evening of Christmas Magic on Friday 27th November you’ll be able to see the completed tree! We’re going to be open from 4 – 8pm with FREE Christmas crafts, carol singing from St Andrews Church Choir and a visit from Father Christmas himself!

You can download a copy of our timetable for the evening by clicking on the picture below. Everything is free except the visit to Father Christmas’ Grotto which is £2.50 per child.

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Object of the Week- St Leonards, Bengeo by E.A. Brown

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This beautiful oil painting of St Leonard’s Church in Bengeo is the most recent addition to our collections. It was given to us following the death of its owner Joan Norris and joins several other paintings in our collection by local artist E.A. Brown.

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The church of St Leonards dates from about 1120 and is built using local stone and flint with a tiled roof and contains the remains of medieval wall paintings which were rediscovered during restoration work in 1938. If you have a chance make sure to visit one of the oldest buildings in Hertford!

This week’s events

This Saturday’s Gallery Sounds performer is local singer & guitarist James Nighthawk. Drop in between 2.30-3.00pm to hear him play in our exhibition space. The full list of musicians taking part can be found here.

Calling all model makers! We are looking for individuals or groups to be part of our World in Miniature event this December! If you think you can help us then contact us on 01992 582686 to find out more.

We’re two weeks into our Summer Holiday Activities and so far we’ve made musical instruments and dinosaurs! Next week you can have a go at making an axe head and/or a brooch! Full details on our website or download our flyer.

Object of the week: Bandsman’s uniform

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

It’s just three days till our new exhibition, Beautiful Noise opens so here’s a sneak peak at one of the wonderful objects on display!

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This bandsman’s uniform was worn by Dennis Levey when he was a memberof the Hertford Brass Band. The band played from 1949 through to the early 1970s when it was sadly closed due to a lack of funding. Many members moved across to the Ware Brass Band who are still playing today!

This week’s events

Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage opens this Saturday with the first of our Gallery Sounds series of min-concerts! The first performer’s are a small group from the Hertford Choral Society who will be performing from 2.30-3.00pm in our exhibition space (or in the garden if the weather allows!) Watch this space for future artists.

If you want to learn more about Hertford’s Musical Pioneers then Jean Purkis’ talk on Thomas Green and Charles Bridgeman is a wonderful chance to discover two of Hertford’s first music promoters and pioneers of performance. Enjoy a glass of wine and the opportunity to take in our Beautiful Noise exhibition after hours. The talk will start at 8pm. Please call the museum to book your place!

Finally, if craft rather than music is your thing, it’s our last Knit & Natter before the summer holidays tomorrow. Drop in 10.30 – 12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat whilst you work on your knitting or crochet projects!

Object of the Week: The Andrews family on the beach

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

With the temperatures high as they are today we tough the perfect picture for this week’s object of the week would be one of R.T. Andrews, one of our founders, and his family sitting on the beach!

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The Andrews family left a large collection of glass plate negatives to the museum including several of their family holidays to the coast. The children in these pictures are R.T Andrews’ grandchildren Nellie and baby Leslie with their mother Gussie and their father H.C. Andrews who later took over the museum from his father. Nellie is the start of one of our most popular School Workshops- Nellie’s Toy Box

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This week’s events

It’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend and as it’s the 4th of July our craft activity will have a red, white and blue theme! Drop in 10.30am-4.30pm to have a go and also play with our traditional toys and books.

We said a sad goodbye to Connie Taylor or Finance Officer this week. Connie has been with the museum for over 13 years so she will be much missed (though she’s still going to be selling her delicious cakes & biscuits at the Hertford Country Market every Friday!)

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Object of the week: Saxon Disc Brooch (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Although our Watton at Stone exhibition closes this weekend this beautiful 7th century Saxon disc brooch is on permanent display in our Timeline case (upstairs and turn left!).

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It was found by a metal detectorist prior to the construction of the Watton bypass, as Tony Rook remembers:

I said to him, where was it he found it and he said “Oh it was over there somewhere”, waving in the direction of the farm, so we’ve no idea where he actually found it and I said, “Well why didn’t you mark it?” And he said, “Well I didn’t think you were interested, I thought you were only interested in coins!” So that’s a bit frustrating there.

This week’s events

High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone his weekend so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

Check out our What’s On page or our updated newsletter for details of LOTS of special events coming up in the next few months from evening talks to family activities and including LOTS of music! There are still more details to come too so keep following us on social media and sign up to our mailing list for latest infomation!

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Object of the week: Model Railway set

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Model Railway sets have always been popular toys and this beautiful tin signal box is part of a large collection of track, trains and scenery which was played with, and then given to the museum by, the great grandchildren of R.T. Andrews, one of Hertford Museum’s founders.

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Although this set isn’t on display at the moment you can come and see lots of model railway displays in the museum this weekend at our Model Railway Day. The sets will be on display in the Andrews Room this Saturday 20th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm and visiting them is complete free!

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This week’s events

There are just 10 days till our Watton at Stone exhibition closes so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

If you’re looking for some musical entertainment this weekend why not buy a ticket for Hertford Choral Society‘s summer concert. The Choral Society are one of our exhibition sponsors this summer and a small group of them will be performing for our first Gallery Sounds afternoon in the 11th July!

Object of the Week: Butterfly collage tea tray

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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This souvenir tea tray from Rio de Janeiro is decorated with a collage of butterfly wings- if you look closely not only are the four butterflies at the corners real but the blue sky and the circular frame are also made up of butterfly wings as well.

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Collages can be made using all kinds of materials (although we wouldn’t recommend using butterfly wings today!) and many influential artists have experimented with collage including Matisse, Picasso and David Hockney. On Wednesday 17th June the second in our series of Arts & Craft for Adults workshops will be learning about collage and you will have a chance to make your own. No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

This week’s events

Our monthly Knit & Natter group will be meeting in the Andrews Room tomorrow (Thursday 11th June). Drop in from 10.30-12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat (or help with your knitting if you’re just beginning!) for just £1.

Make sure you’ve seen our Hidden Hertford Walks programme on our website. There are two coming up in July including Les Middlewood’s popular How Hertford’s Pub Scene Was Shaped walk so make sure you book your spot!

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Object of the Week: Green Glaze Flask (140AD)

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

This week’s Object of the Week comes to you a day late because we’ve been looking forward to the arrival of this beautiful, and incredibly rare, flask which was found in Puckeridge.

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This green glazed flask with barbotine ring decoration dates from around AD 140 and was part of a casket burial group from Skeleton Green, Puckeridge. Casket burials, where the cremated remains are buried in a wooden casket, often with elaborate bronze fittings rather than a simple pottery urn, were usually reserved for higher status individuals. The quality of the grave goods buried with the casket which also included glassware, ceramic dishes and a terracotta oil lamp back up this theory.

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Materials behave differently in the ground, with most organic materials rotting away unless extreme environmental conditions preserve them. None of the wood from the casket remains, however, archaeologists can gauge the size and shape by noticeable changes to the soil in which it was buried and from the metal fittings used. Ceramic objects like this beautiful flask survive well unless they come into contact with destructive forces such as animals, tree roots and ploughs. This burial was one of six casket burials from the site and it is likely that all six were members of the same high status family group living in Roman Braughing.

This week’s events

As this is the first week in June that means this Saturday is a Stay and Play Saturday! Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?

Come and Discover Hertford Museum at an illustrated talk from our Assistant Curator Sarah next Wednesday 10th June at 7.30pm (talk at 8pm). You will discover the amazing diversity of our collections, our fascinating history and how we care for and share your local heritage. Your ticket includes a glass a wine or soft drink and the opportunity to look around the museum after hours. £7.50 per person BOOKING ESSENTIAL

You can also now book a place on our next Arts & Crafts for Adults workshops- on Wednesday 17th June we’re holding Collage workshops No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

Object of the Week: Victorian Music Greetings Card

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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We’ve been working on our next exhibition, Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage, today and amongst the records of musical instruments and posters and sheet music we also found this lovely Victorian greetings card. If you can’t read the caption it says “Music selected for our next meeting” and the songs shown include Somebody’s Waiting For Somebody, The Way to be Happy and Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again.

We’re talking to a lot of local music groups at the moment but if you’re musical and live in (or around) Hertford and think we should be talking to you then get in touch! We’re also going to have opportunities for local musicians and bands to play short sets in the museum every Saturday so if you’re interested in taking part in that contact us and ask about Gallery Sounds

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term and there’s just one day left to enjoy our Terrific Traditions activities! Drop in tomorrow from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) to make a maypole, flower garland and more for just £1.50 per child!

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Our latest Hidden Hertford Walks programme is now out so take a look on our website and make sure you book your place!

You can also now book a place on our next Arts & Crafts for Adults workshops- on Wednesday 17th June we’re holding Collage workshops No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

Object of the Week- Decorative Fork

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

One of the biggest projects that we are working on at the moment (and will be for a long time!) is making sure that we have a photograph or scan of every object in our collection. We have over 100,000 objects and we’re around a third of the way there at the moment but we have a whole team of volunteers working on photographing, scanning and recording these images and sometimes they find wonderful details in the most unassuming boxes!

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One of our volunteers, Mark, has been working his way through a collection of tableware (knives, forks and spoons) and this wonderful fork with a man carved into the handle was in the box. Unfortunately we don’t have any information exactly where it came from but at least now we know it’s there and the picture is attached to the object record for anyone searching in the future!

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term next week and our activities are all inspired by Terrific Traditions. Activities run from Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) and cost just £1.50 per child so drop in to make a maypole, flower garland and more!

Our latest Hidden Hertford Walks programme is now out so take a look on our website and make sure you book your place!

If you want to know what we’ve been up to over the past year our Annual Report 2014-2015 is available to download from our website.