Archive for June, 2012

Carnival Day (by Rebecca)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Today’s blog is an account of carnival day by Rebecca, a volunteer & Museum Support Assistant here who helped design, build and decorate our float!

Rebecca, Eleanor & Sara with the finished float!

The day started at 9am, with myself, Eleanor, Sara, our volunteer Baden and our driver Eamon at the Museum. We had the task of carrying all the gigantic models from The Andrews Room, through the garden, down some steps and onto the float. Most of the models were over 1metre tall and some even wider, so it was very much a team effort. When we had got all the models onto the float, we decorated the float and had a well deserved cup of tea.

Putting our models onto the float

Baden making sure everything is fixed to the float,

Eleanor and I then proceeded to carry 32 balloons through Folly Island to the float meeting point at Hartham. We were so impressed with the other entries, and only knew too well how much hard work must have gone in!

Getting ready to set off from Hartham

Wheatcroft Primary School's float

The procession started at 2pm and we waited for our number to be called. It was stop and start for a while, but when we turned round the corner into Old Cross, there were so many people we just looked at each other in awe! We had two volunteers walking with us for the procession, Heather and Dawn, and we all handed out leaflets advertising the Carnival Model Railway and the Museum’s 6 weeks of summer holiday fun. The crowds were so dense that handing out leaflets to everyone was really difficult, so I mainly targeted families with young children.

Our float from the back

It was quite disorientating walking along, with everyone shouting and in fact, I later learnt that my family and friends had been right in front of me calling my name, but I had just looked straight through them! Despite that, it was so wonderful to see everyone smiling and waving- definitely a great atmosphere and the sun was shining throughout!

We finished soon after 3pm down at Mead Lane Industrial site, which was a long walk in the sun. We drove back through Hertford, and the crowds were still waving. We all met up at the Seed Warehouse Stores to disassemble the float. For the last time we all teamed together to lift down the massive models, and the rain held off until the very last moment when we were carrying the Kakapo- nice green faces and feathery arms for my walk home!

Turning in Mead Lane Industrial Estate (we made it!)

It was a lovely day, and when we stood back to look at the float, remembering that over 400 children had participated with us along with lots of our own volunteers, building on the great relationship that Hertford Museum now has with the local schools and community.

Rebecca and the Kakapo!

Hertford Carnival- Sunday 24th June 2012

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Is everyone ready for the Carnival on Sunday?

Hertford Museum is putting together a float for the Carnival procession. We’ve worked with lots of different groups and schools to make some incredible models of objects from our collection and they’re all finished now ready to be put together on Sunday morning.

Thank you to Richard Hale, Hollybush. Mill Mead, Bengeo Primary School, Hertford Heath Primary School, Selections Children’s Centre, Stapleford School and Morgans for all their help in putting the models together as well as to the fantastic volunteers at the museum!

It’s the first time there’s been a Carnival in Hertford for more than 10 years so we’ve dug out some pictures of previous carnivals from our collections to share with you:

If you want to know all the details about Carnival day then take a look at the Hertford Carnival website.

We’ll be taking part in the procession at 2pm, having a stall in the Castle Grounds all day AND the Museum itself will be open from 1pm-5pm with Afternoon Teas being served in the garden and a Model Railway Day as well!

An ordinary day at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We like to keep busy at Hertford Museum and today has been particularly full!

This morning our Curator, Sara, was out buying bookshelves for our new library at our Stores. We’ve cleaned out the room that is going to become the library and carpeted it but now we need shelves to house all the books! If you come along to our Open Stores Day on Saturday 14th July you’ll be able to see how far along our plans are!

Our old Library- you can see why it needed more space and more shelves!

While she was doing that Assistant Curator Sarah was at a meeting of the Hertfordshire Museums Group where we share ideas and news with other local museums. This meeting also involved lots of presentations on projects funded by the Hertfordshire Museums Partnership Small Grant Scheme- our project was updating Modes, the computer programme we use to document our collections, and training our volunteers to use it.

St Catherines School, Hoddesdon, playing with the toys in one of our loans boxes

Our Learning Officer Eleanor has been talking to schools today about our loans boxes- these are themed boxes of objects that schools can borrow to use in their classrooms. We have several on themes including Beside the Seaside, Toys of the Past & Egyptians and we are now involved in a project to research how schools make use of them.

And everyone else has been busy too. Connie our Finance Officer has been updating our accounts whilst our Museum Support Assistants, Julie & Holly, have been looking after the shop and the front desk and answering enquiries (you can read about the kinds of things we get asked in this post from February) and in the garden Alison is clipping the box hedges that make up our knot garden- it’s looking beautiful and green at the moment after all that rain!

The museum knot garden two years ago, visit us to see how much it's grown!

And after all of that this afternoon we’ve been discussing an exhibition we’ll be holding next year on Bengeo! We’ll talk more about the exhibition much nearer the time but we’ve got lots of ideas already.

Jubilee celebrations in Hertford

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Dinner, Corn Exchange, 1887

How did everyone enjoy the Jubilee Bank Holidays? Whether you were involved in Jubilee activities or just enjoying the time off (even if it did rain) we hope you all had a great long weekend!

Now the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are coming to a close we’d love to see any pictures you have of street parties, decorated houses or any other celebrations in Hertford & East Hertfordshire. As you cans ee we’ve got a few photographs from Queen Victoria’s Golden & Diamond Jubilees but it would be nice to add some from Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

If you have any then get in touch on twitter, facebook, email (, phone (01992 582686) or pop in and see us!

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897

And if you’re not quite ready to stop the celebrations yet then come to the museum tomorrow (Thursday) to make a special photoframe for your pictures as well as your very own Corgi puppet!