Archive for January, 2012

Hertford Museum blog and YOU

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Now that our Hertingfordbury & the Greens exhibition is open and the accompanying booklet is ready to go (£6 from our shop, call in to buy your copy!) its time to move on to other projects.

There are lots of exciting things coming to Hertford Museum in the next few months- our new (well returning!) Curator, Sara Taylor, starts soon, we’ll be working with Courtyard Arts again this Half Term, there’s an exciting Hertford Town trail again this year after last year’s Doctor Who one and we’re also looking at our next exhibition which will be on Souvenirs (starting with a focus on Royal souvenirs)

So there’s lots going one which we’ll be using this blog, our newsletter, facebook and twitter to keep you up-to-date on but we also want to hear from you.

What would you like to see on this blog?

Perhaps you want to hear more about an exhibition, or our volunteers, or our toothbrush collection! Or maybe there’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask about Hertford or life behind the scenes at the museum! If you have any ideas then get in touch with us on facebook or twitter or email us: hertfordmuseum AT btconnect DOT com

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!

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Hello everyone, we hope you’re all settling back into your usual routine now we are well and truly into 2012!

Something to keep you occupied on a cold dark winter evening is our January newsletter which is out now! It includes information on our new exhibition on Hertingfordbury & The Greens which opens this Saturday 14th January as well as all the usual updates, news and events.

Hertford Museum Newsletter January 2012

There are still places available on our new Adult Learning course: ‘Romans to Utopians: Hertfordshire gardens though the Ages’ by Kate Harwood.

It isn’t in the newsletter as it starts starts next Wednesday 18th January for ten weeks. But if you are interested please contact use ASAP on 01992 582686 or

Course Details

Dates: Wednesdays 2- 4pm January 18th , 25th; February 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th; March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cost: £90 inclusive

The Lecturer: Kate Harwood is Lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London. Her subject is garden history of any period and she is teaching ‘Victorian Gardens’ at Letchworth after Christmas. Kate is also Conservation & Planning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and is knowledgeable about historic landscapes in Hertfordshire.

The Course: Hertfordshire has been very fortunate in having many different styles of gardens from Roman through Medieval and Tudor to 18th century landscapes, 19th century bedding out up to the many Arts and Crafts gardens and the Garden City Movement This course will explore the history of gardens over the period with examples taken from sites in Hertfordshire. It will also help you to research and discover the history of gardens yourself with the aid of maps, illustrations, Hertfordshire Archives and the internet.

Adult Learning at Hertford Museum

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A slightly belated Happy New Year everyone! We’re very busy here at the museum getting ready for the opening of our new exhibition, Hertingfordbury and the Greens, next week as well as preparing the new edition of our newsletter.

Hertingfordbury Park and gardens in the 1700s

If you’re looking for something new and interesting to do in 2012 why not sign up for one of our Adult Learning Courses?

Adult Learning 2012 Flyer

Our first course, Romans to Utopians: Hertfordshire gardens through the ages, is starting starting on Monday 18th January so if you’re interested then get in touch ASAP!