Archive for January, 2011

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.

 Hidden Hertford Walks              logo

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!