Archive for July, 2009

Museum Roadshow Rocks!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
 

 The first Hertford Museum Roadshow was a great success thanks to a great team effort by Hertford Museum staff, volunteers and colleagues from Rockwatch, the club for young geologists, http://www.rockwatch.org.uk/)  and Hertfordshire Libraries.

 
On Saturday we took to Bircherley Green, giving out balloons and leaflets to remind people we’d be in Cowbridge Halls on Tuesday all day, with lots of fossil fun!
Holly, the museum development Project Assistant and chief of balloons!

Holly, the museum development Project Assistant and chief of balloons!

Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer, trying to draw in the crowds!

Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer, trying to draw in the crowds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Then on Tuesday it was all hands on deck!  Children and adults alike flocked to look and handle the fabulous fossil and mineral specimens we brought from the museum and rockwatch collections.

Susan from Rockwatch is inundated straightaway with young geologists keen to find out more about her wonderful objects...just how long have crocodiles been around?

Susan from Rockwatch is inundated straightaway with young geologists keen to find out more about her wonderful objects...

Margaret brought a case of objects from Hertford Museum's collections

Margaret brought a case of objects from Hertford Museum's collections

 

Margaret brought a microscope for children to get a little closer to the fossils and minerals, which proved very popular indeed for youngsters!

Margaret brought a microscope for children to get a little closer to the fossils and minerals, which proved very popular indeed for youngsters!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Teresa from Hertford Library came along to share fossil and dinosaurs stories, picture books and non-fiction books.  Storytime was lively and popular with the children as well as the adults!

Teresa from Hertford Library came along to share fossil and dinosaurs stories, picture books and non-fiction books. Storytime was lively and popular with the children as well as the adults!

Geraldine from Rockwatch (in front) and Janet, a Museum volunteer are busy straightaway!

Geraldine from Rockwatch (in front) and Janet, a Museum volunteer are busy straightaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors could also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, crafty activities and making their own plaster of paris fossil to take home.

Why not come and visit us next TUESDAY 4th AUGUST, at Little Berkhamstead Village Hall, Little Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, SG13 8LY between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm for more FREE activities and to experience a taste of life on thr HOME FRONT?
 
Dress up, share memories and find out about life on Hertford's Home Front

Dress up, share memories and find out about life on Hertford's Home Front

Here comes the Hertford Museum Roadshow!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Hertford Museum is going on the road!

Our first roadshow will be on Tuesday 28th July at The Cowbridge Halls, on Cowbridge in Hertford (SG14 1PG), and will be run in conjunction with Hertfordshire Libraries, who will be doing story times and Rockwatch, the Young Geologists Club. 

There will be lots of Fossils to handle from the museum collections as well as from Rockwatch

There will be lots of Fossils to handle from the museum collections as well as from Rockwatch

 
Come along and see us between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm where there will be lots of FREE activities for everyone to see and do, children and adults alike…including…
Mini displays…Handling objects…Museum staff on hand to answer questions…Volunteers sharing their experiences…Photographs of the progress of Hertford Museum’s refurbishment…Children’s crafty activities…Museum Shop…Tea and Coffee…
 
You can make your own plaster cast fossil to take home!

You can make your own plaster cast fossil to take home!

 

Look out for further information each week on the blog as to where our activties will go next!

 

Next week, on Tuesday 4th August, we’ll be in Little Berkamstead, where you will be able to find out all about…The Home Front 

Henry Moore Exhibition comes to Hertford!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Head 1974 etching and drypoint (CGM 228) Michael Phipps. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

Head 1974 etching and drypoint (CGM 228) Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

An exhibition of Henry Moore’s much-loved sheep etchings is coming to Hertford Museum next year.  The Sheep will be the first temporary exhibition the Museum will host  when the doors re-open  in March 2010 after major refurbishment.

Etchings, sculpture and other related items are being kindly loaned by the Henry Moore Foundation based at the artist’s former home in Perry Green, Much Hadham.

Henry Moore’s representation of sheep are among the most popular of his works.  He sketched the animals as they grazed in the fields surrounding his Hertfordshire studios.  His monumental bronze sculpture ‘Sheep Piece’ (LH 627) crafted in the early 1970s, was inspired by the sheep around him. 

Henry Moore with Sheep Piece at Perry Green in 1977.  Sheep Piece 1971-72 (LH627) photo: Henry Moore Foundation Archive.  Reproduced with permission from the Henry Moore Foundation

Henry Moore with Sheep Piece at Perry Green in 1977. Reproduced with permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

Moore studied his subjects well, writing in 1980: ‘I began to realise that underneath all that wool was a body, which moved in its own way and that each sheep had its individual character.’

We at Hertford Museum are very excited at having this temporary exhibition as our opening debut.  As well as the sheep etchings, this exhibition will include a selection of related sculpture and found objects.

To find out more about the Henry Moore Foundation please visit www.henry-moore.org

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