Archive for February, 2013

Mystery Photographs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

As any visitors who have looked through our Photograph Kiosk will know Hertford Museum has a very large collection of photographs, postcards and glass plate negatives. The vast majority of our images are catalogued and available to look through on the Kiosk but over the years some images have slipped through the net.

One example of this is a collection of 8 photographic albums which were donated to the museum in 1935 by A.J. Young. The albums were marked and catalogued but the photographs inside were never looked at and scanned so over the last two or three years our volunteers have been trying to identify and catalogue them all. In total there were nearly 1500 photographs of buildings and streets all across Hertfordshire (and sometimes outside) and from notes in the albums and local knowledge Liz, the volunteer who has worked on most of the albums, has identified almost all of them however there are a few that still mystify us and so today I’m going to share these images in the hope that someone else might recognise them!

If you do have any clues as to where these churches & other buildings might be PLEASE let us know (and if you can solve these mysteries we may have some more for you later on!)

We think this church and war memorial are in Hertfordshire somewhere.

1. We think this church and war memorial are in Hertfordshire somewhere.


This memorial commemorates the death in a fire of a group of 'young people'. It may be in the same village as the church above.

2. This memorial commemorates the death in a fire of a group of ‘young people’. It may be in the same village as the church above.

This church seems to have a lot of visitors outside and...

3. This church seems to have a lot of visitors outside and…

... some very nice memorials inside.

4. … some very nice memorials inside.

Another mystery church or chapel.

5. Another mystery church or chapel.

This interior is on the same page as the church above but may not be the same place!

6. This interior is on the same page as the church above but may not be the same place!

This seems to be a closer look at the memorial in the photograph above.

7. This seems to be a closer look at the memorial in the photograph above.

This large barn is possibly a tithe barn but do you know where it is (or was!)

8. This large barn is possibly a tithe barn but do you know where it is (or was!)

And finally a mystery house from somewhere in the county.

9. And finally a mystery house from somewhere in the county.

You can click on each image for a slightly larger version and if you have any ideas, or know anyone who might be able to help, then get in touch!

Half Term & a Family Friendly Museum Award

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Half Term is always busy at Hertford Museum and this week we’ve had hundreds of children through the doors for our day of Chinese New Year activities on Saturday and our Half Term drop in craft sessions yesterday, today and we’re hoping we’ll be just as busy on Thursday!

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Throughout the year we always try to have lots of different activities available for children of all ages from craft and colouring to music, food tasting and dressing up as well as our museum and town trails. An it’s not just during the holidays, Toddler Tuesdays take place regularly throughout the year and we have Stay and Play Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month. Plus our regular interactives, trails and quizzes are available whenever we’re open!

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

To celebrate the work that museums do with children and families the Telegraph has launched The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award and, if you have ever brought your children or grandchildren (or someone else’s children!) to the museum, we would like you to consider nominating us. The website explains how you can do that but what they really want is an email or letter telling them exactly why you love Hertford Museum!

Just in case you’ve forgotten what activities we have for families here are some pictures from the last 12 months!

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term


Some of the 2011 Big Draw competition entries.

Some Big Draw competition entries.

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Taking part in the Museum's RNLI Town Trail last year.

Taking part in the Museum’s RNLI Town Trail last year.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award

Email: award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk

Post: Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, Can Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH

Deadline for nominations 10 May 2013.

Chinese New Year & Half Term activities!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Happy New Year to all our Chinese followers! Did you know that 2013 is the Year of the Snake?

snake

To celebrate the Chinese New Year we have a special day full of activities on Saturday 16th February from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. As well as our current China in the East exhibition there will be craft activities (including a chance to make your own special red envelope which are traditionally handed out as part of the celebrations), Chinese food to taste, special trails and quizzes to do and Miss Shu Jun, a Chinese guqin (or 7 stringed zither) player will be performing between 12.00 – 2.00pm in our Chinese gallery!

SJ qin blue dress

All of our Half Term activities, Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st February will also be Chinese themed with the chance to make a beautiful cherry blossom picture or your own snake puppet! Sessions run from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and cost £1.50 per child. You don’t need to book just drop in, if we’re really busy then you might have to wait a little to get in but there will be a trail and quiz to do while you wait so no chance to get bored.

lanterns

We hope to see lots of you here on Saturday or during Half Term but if you can’t make it to the museum then don’t worry- our Chinese exhibition will be on until Saturday 16th March and there’s always plenty to see and do.

The Friends of Hertford Museum (& a new Arts & Craft Fair)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This week we wanted to talk about a very important group of people- The Friends of Hertford Museum!

Becoming a member of the Friends is a great way to support the museum not just in terms of fundraising but also raising the profile of the museum and often supporting the day to day work of the museum (a lot of our Volunteers are Friends and vice versa!)

FOHM1

The FOHM run events through the year including a garden party, a talk each month and their annual quiz! Most of thei events are open to the general public so it’s always worth looking at the Friends Programme on our What’s On page- talks cost just £2 for non-members and cover a wide variety of subjects.

This year’s Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz Night is on Saturday 2nd March at Sele Community Centre and we’d love to see some new faces! £10 pays for a light supper and the quiz itself and there will be a licensed bar as well. Teams need to made up of eight people (though if you don’t have that many they can arrange to group people together) and tickets are available from the Museum Front Desk.

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All money raised by the FOHM go towards the museum and it’s work and their support has helped us continue or work caring for the museum collections and making sure they’re seen by the widest possible audience so if you can attend an event, or join the Friends yourself, then please do!

One last quick note- this weekend, on Saturday 9th February from 10.30am – 1.30pm Hertford Museum will be hosting a new Arts & Craft Market where you can choose from a wide variety of handmade crafts, jewellery and gifts all made by local artists and craftspeople. The market will take place every second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Hertford Farmers’ Market so come along and check it out!

craft fair