Archive for October, 2012

Autumn Leaves, an Art Exhibition and Stay & Play Saturdays

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I hope everyone’s having a great Half Term- it’s been really busy here at the museum with our Big Draw event and I’ve seen some beautiful drawings and sketches of our objects.

Tomorrow it’s the turn of our Celebration of Autumn activities. You can drop in and make montage of autumn leaves or a beautiful fireworks picture ready for Bonfire Night! Activities run from 10.30am- 3.30pm and are £1.50 per child.

Then on Friday it’s time for the Big Draw Exhibition!

All the beautiful drawings and paintings our visitors have done at the museum and at Courtyard Arts will be displayed in the River Room at the Hertford Theatre. Come along from 2.30- 4.00pm to see all the art works, have some refreshments and discover who the winners of Hertford’s Big Draw 2012 are!

And it doesn’t stop there! This Saturday is one of our Stay and Play Saturdays so there will be toys & games out in the Andrews Room along with a simple seasonal activity.

Plus this weekend is your last chance to see the Buttonhooks Exhibition so if you haven’t visited it already make sure you do.

Half Term activities- Hertford’s Big Draw

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This half term Hertford Museum, Courtyard Arts Centre and Hertford Theatre have teamed up again to celebrate The Big Draw with a week of FREE activities for families.

On Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October you can visit Hertford Museum to draw some specially selected curious objects from the museum’s collection. Then take your work to Courtyard Arts where you will create a painting inspired by your artwork. Full instructions and directions between venues will be available on the days of the event.

Some of the 2011 Big Draw competition entries.

There will be a chance to enter your painting at either venue into a competition to win a family ticket to see this year’s Christmas pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ at Hertford Theatre; the categories are under 8’s and over 8’s.

Last year’s prize winning entries (and runners up) on display at Hertford Theatre.

An exhibition of the paintings will be on display at Hertford Theatre from Friday 2nd November from 2.30 pm, where a private view and prize giving will be held with refreshments for all. The exhibition will also be open at the theatre on Saturday 3rd November between 10am and 6pm

As well as all the Big Draw excitement Hertford Museum is providing special Celebration of Autumn activities on Thursday 1st November 2012. Come along from 10.30am- 3.30pm and drop in to the Andrews Room to make a montage of autumn leaves or a beautiful fireworks picture ready for Bonfire Night! Activities are £1.50 per child.

Archive Film Footage of Hertford

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

As technology has changed over the years museum collections have had to expand to include new kinds of objects and one sort of object we would love to have more of is film footage.

We have very little film footage of Hertford in past years so we’re always very excited when we come across some- visitors to our Hertingfordbury exhibition will have seen a rare example we were loaned. This week however we’ve add some new clips to our archive!

Thanks to a donor who lent us his VHS tapes and the technical skills of one of our volunteers we now have digital versions of three pieces of film:

  • Footage taken of the Hertford Cattle Market in the 1950s.

  • Footage of the very last day of the Hertford Cattle Market in August 1993
  • An aerial view of Panshanger and the surrounding area filmed before gravel extraction started in the area.

If you would like to see any of these films you’ll need to call the museum and make an appointment but we’ve put a short extract of the Hertford Cattle Market film up on YouTube:

Last Day of the Hertford Cattle Market, August 1993

If you think you have ANY film footage of Hertford or the surrounding area that we might be interested in please get in touch. At the top of our wishlist is anyone who has footage of the 1973 Synod celebrations or past Carnivals in the town but we’d love to hear about anything with a local connection!

Something For Everyone – Saturday 13th October

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This Saturday is going to be a busy one at Hertford Museum and there should be something of interest for all our visitors!

A Brief History of Food and Drink

This weekend Hertford is celebrating its Food & Drink Festival with events happening all over Town. At Hertford Museum we’re going to be having special trails available for families to do all day but we’re also going to have lots of exciting activities to try on Saturday morning from 11am – 1pm.

Come along and take a historical tour of gastronomy. Jan will have Roman food for you to taste as well as some Tudor tastes and Wartime delicacies. You can handle mystery cooking utensils and contraptions from a traditional Victorian kitchen and you can also take part in fun food and drink trails!

The Buttonhook Society special meeting

On Saturday afternoon at 2pm the Buttonhook Society are holding a special open meeting welcoming anyone who is interested in buttonhooks and their place in social history (or who wants to know more!)

Paul Moorehead (who put together the fantastic central case in our current exhibition) will be giving a short talk on ‘The Social History of Buttonhooks’ and members of the society will have buttonhooks for sale. There will also be light refreshments.

Don’t forget the Buttonhook Society’s exhibition is open till the 3rd November and is full of beautiful hooks to look at, commemorative hooks with special stories and lots of information about buttonhooks and the history of the gloves, boots and other clothes they’re used on!

Help Support Your Museum!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

One of the questions our front of house staff get asked the most by new visitors is “how much does it cost to look round” but here at Hertford Museum we are dedicated to keeping the museum admission free, as it has always been, so that everyone who wants to visit is able to.

As we’re an independent museum, and a registered charity, our free admission means we rely heavily on donations to help continue to provide a top quality service to current and future generations and so today we wanted to share a few ways you can help us (and what we can do for you in return!)

Become a Patron

Museum Patrons are recorded on a Roll of Honour at the museum and are invited to social events at the museum, including Private Views events for any exhibition the museum puts on to thank them for their generous support. Patrons also receive the regular museum newsletter.

To become a Patron we ask for a donation of £100 (or more) a year.

Become a Friend

The Friends of Hertford Museum fundraise for the museum but they also provide a varied programme of talks, visits and social activities for their members. As a Friend you will receive a regular newsletter three times a year with information about Friends events as well as the latest museum updates.

Membership costs £10 for an individual or £15 per year for a household and you can pick up a form from the museum Front Desk.

The Friends of Hertford Museum Christmas Party.

Join our Super 100 Club

The museum Super 100 Club is drawn every month with prizes for the first 3 numbers picked. The prize money depends on how many tickets have been sold with the top prize 20% or the total (then 10% and 5%).

It costs £24 to buy one number for a year and there is no limit on how many numbers you purchase!

Give a Donation

We are always happy to accept donations in cash or cheques by post or in person however big or small! Donations to the museum can always be Gift Aided as well so that we can make the most of your gifts.

Visit our shop

If you’re looking for interesting presents then why not pay a visit to our museum shop. We’ve got a range of toiletries from the National Trust, some beautiful jewelry and lots of toys and games for children. We also stock a large range of local history books several of which aren’t available anywhere else (including on Amazon!).

Every purchase you make in our shop will help the museum so you can do your shopping and feel you’re doing good as well!

Visit & support our events!

There’s always something going on at the museum so please pick up a copy of our newsletter or look at our What’s On page and see what’s coming up next! Why not pick up a second newsletter to give to a friend or neighbor?

Next week we’ll be telling you all about our two exciting events on Saturday 13th October but with October Half Term approaching and then Christmas following fast behind there’s lots to do for all ages and we’re always glad to see you!