Archive for November, 2012

The Hertford Museum Photograph Kiosk

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I wonder how many of you have ever tried using our Photograph Kiosk?

When you come into the museum and head towards our Exhibition Gallery and the public access computers you may have noticed another touchscreen computer on your right. If you haven’t then make sure you take a look next time you visit because on that computer is almost every photograph in the Hertford Museum collection. That’s over 10,000 images at your fingertips!

We’ve got photographs of the town centre spanning the last century, photographs of towns and villages in the area, photographs of big events in Hertford such as royal visits and photographs from the Hertfordshire Regiment collection.

You can search through the pictures on your own to get an idea of what we have and if you find a picture you’d like to have you can order prints for £5 an image.

Why not see if you can find your house or street 50 years ago or take a look at how different some parts of Hertford looked before buildings were pulled down and new roads were built. There are some examples below- can you work out exactly where they were taken from and what the view looks like today?

Mill Bridge, Town Mill House and Castle Cinema on left before the rebuilding of Mill Bridge in 1926

Salisbury Square

Parliament Row, looking South

If you’re a local history fan then don’t forget that this Saturday morning Peter Ruffles is launching his new DVD Peter Ruffles’ Hertford 3: The Story of the Ware Road area about the original Priory Fields with reminiscences from local people.

The DVD will also be on sale in the Museum shop and we’re offering a special 10% discount to anyone who buys Priory Fields the book alongside the DVD!

Christmas comes to Hertford Museum

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

It might only be November but Christmas is approaching fast and with an exhibition and lots of Christmas activities coming up we’re already getting in a festive mood here at the museum!

Our Christmas exhibition A History of Christmas: Past, Present and Future opened on Saturday and there are already some great suggestions from our visitors of what Christmas might be like in the future (plus some interesting guesses at the scents in our Smelly Box) so make sure you pop in and learn where some of your favourite Christmas traditions come from!

The weather isn’t very Christmas-y right now but whether it’s rainbing, snowing or even clear & sunny this Friday is going to be a great evening in town as the Christmas light’s are switched on! As usual there will be lots happening at the museum so if you’re in town pop in for a glass of mulled wine or take part in some of our activities:
Hertford Christmas Light Switch On event
Friday 23rd November 5pm- 8pm

  • Get stuck in to our FREE (and sparkly) drop in kids activities!

  • Soak up the atmosphere of our fantastic new Christmas exhibition to the festive sounds of Hertford St Andrew Church Choir
  • Enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie (small charge may apply)
  • Relax with some storytelling by Hertford Library in our gallery
  • Meet Blanche the Shetland pony, star of stage and screen, and her pantomime friends Cinderella & the Fairy Godmother!

If you’re busy this weekend don’t worry! There’s plenty coming up at the museum before Christmas!

From 5th-8th December the museum has some very special visitors- the St Albans Cathedral Knitivity! These nativity figures were knitted by local knitter Ann Hudson and they’re perfectly toddler sized so come and see them in Hertford before they continue their travels around the diocese (St Albans Diocese covers the whole of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire so they might be popping up in all kinds of places)

While they’re at the museum we have two special activities. On Wednesday 5th December their creator Ann Hudson will be visiting for a special Knit & Natter session. Everyone’s welcome from seasoned knitters (bring your current project if you have one) to complete beginners and Ann will be on hand with help and advice. We’ll also have some of our toys and books out for any younger visitors who come as well.

Then on Saturday 8th December it’s time for our, always popular, Christmas Model Railway Day! Entry is FREE (though donations are welcome!) and there will be all your favourite festive railway layouts sprinkled with snow.

Big Draw winners

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Here at the museum we’re in the middle of putting up our latest exhibition, A History of Christmas: Past, Present & Future. We’ll tell you more about that next week when it’s open but while we’re all busily working we thought you might like to see some of the winning entries from the Hertford Big Draw.

Big Draw pictures on display at Hertford Theatre

Peter Ruffles kindly agreed to judge all of your wonderful entries ahead of a special exhibition in the River Room at Hertford Theatre. He chose seven runners up and two winners and the winners were announced at a preview for all the participants.

Runners up

Oliver Hawarth, Freya Chandler, Rebecca, Daisy Cobb, Ellie Dines, Jessica Sanderson and Amelia.


Giselle Garrott (8 and over category)

Lewis Evans (under 8s)

Here are three of the pictures:

Pcitures by Freya Chandler (top left), Giselle Garrott (top right) and Jessica Sanderson

Remembrance Day

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Poppies that are appearing on coats, jackets and jumpers everywhere mean that it’s almost time for Remembrance Day. Hertford Museum holds the official Hertfordshire Regiment collection and so this is an important time of year for us.

This year we’ve put together a small display of some of our First and Second World War objects including the beautiful embroidered postcards soldiers sent home from France alongside a bayonet and an army medical kit.

Simon Balle students learning about Corporal Burt

Our Learning Officer Eleanor does a lot of work with schools at this time of year running special sessions about Remembrance Day and some of our local soldiers.

School children learn about Remembrance Day, the Poppies and War memorials as well as hearing some of the stories and experiences of soldiers from the Hertfordshire Regiment. Two of the stories Eleanor always talks about are those of Corporal A Burt and Lieutenant F.E. Young who both received the Victoria Cross for their extreme bravery in battle.

The Hertford War Memorial on Remembrance Day 1921

Why not take time in the next week to visit the museum and discover some of the stories of local men caught up in the fighting before visiting the Hertford War Memorial on Sunday morning for the annual service of remembrance?

The Remembrance Parade will arrive at the War Memorial in Parliament Square at 10:45am for wreath-laying and the two minute silence. This will be followed by a service at All Saints Church in Churchfields.