Archive for May, 2009

Bengeo Women’s Institute make Pinafores for schools to use!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Bengeo Evening Women’s Institute have teamed up with Hertford Museum to help them recreate a bygone era for local school children.

Helen Gurney, the curator at Hertford Museum, visited the Women’s Institute (WI) last year; to tell them about the exciting renovation of the museum itself, which is currently closed until spring 2010 for a major HLF funded redevelopment.  It was then that the idea for a partnership was formed, that could benefit both parties as well as the local school groups who access Hertford Museum’s collections.  Hertford Museum is always looking for local organisations to work with on a variety of different projects, so given the chance to team up with the WI was an opportunity not to be missed. 

Twelve ladies from the WI (who were also handy seamstresses!) set to work industriously straightaway, the aim to make 12 pinafores so that Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer would be able to use them with school groups.  Throughout the museum’s closure Eleanor is still working with schools through outreach; bringing the museum to classrooms around Hertford and Hertfordshire.  Eleanor said “These pinafores are a fabulous addition to our costume handling collection.  Victorian girls would have worn these to protect their best dresses, much like an apron.  They are tied and left open at the back, giving room for manoeuvre and growth!  Children gain a greater understanding of what life was like if they are able to experience something for themselves; and these costumes will certainly do that.”


Barbara Payne from the WI said “It has been a wonderful experience to be involved with a local organisation like Hertford Museum.  We’ve had lots of fun learning how to be frugal with the fabric, and even took a trip to the stores beneath The V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for inspiration!”



Many thanks for all their hard work!


Bengeo WI and 1st Bengeo Brownies

Bengeo WI and 1st Bengeo Brownies

May Half Term activities

Monday, May 18th, 2009



Looking for something to do with the kids this May Half Term?


Why not come to Hertford Museum’s ‘Shooting Stars and Space Dust’ FREE event?


We will be at Sele Farm Community Centre, 25 Perrett Gardens, Hertford, SG14 2LW on Thursday 28th May 2009 between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm (for a map, click here:


Come and take part in crafty activities all about space and make a clay extra terrestrial to take home.  All activities on the day will be FREE, funded as part of Hertford Museum’s Heritage Lottery Funded Development Project.


There will also be a museum shop and teas and coffees, why not treat yourself?


For more details contact the museum on 01992 582686.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Hertford Museum’s Newsletternewsletter-front-page1 No.55

Our May 2009 newsletter is now available, and can be picked up from various locations around Hertford town, these include:  Hertford Tourist Information Centre, Hertford Castle, Castle Hall and Hertford Library (and most libraries throughtout Hertfordshire).

You can also download our newsletter from our website, or if you would prefer to receive a paper copy, you can join our mailing list by filling in the form (on page three of our current newsletter) and send it to us with three 2nd class stamps. We send out our newsletter in May, September and January.

If you require a copy of our newsletter in large print please telephone 01992 582686 and we will send you a copy.