Archive for March, 2013

Arts Council England and the World of Wallace

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant of £59,000 from their Renaissance Strategic support fund towards our exciting World of Wallace project celebrating the centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace later this year! You can read their official announcement (and find out about the other recipients) on their website

ARW in 1869.Small_

We are absolutely delighted that Arts Council England have approved our application. The World of Wallace project will enable us to conserve and make accessible objects from our natural history collection and allow new audiences to engage with the legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace through objects, information and hands on interactives. Accredited museums with very limited resources will be able to share this high quality touring exhibition and resources for schools with their visitors and this funding ensures that all financial and logistical barriers removed. Thanks to the Arts Council, we will be able to share Wallace’s enormous contribution to Science and Geography with the rest of the country. (Sara Taylor- Curator)

Make sure you’re following us on twitter and facebook because we’ll be sharing more details of what’s to come over the next few months!

Another piece of good news we had this week was that our fantastic Front of House staff have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Service at the Museums and Heritage Awards! It’s going to cost £336 to send Julie & Holly to the awards which unfortunately we don’t have so we’re trying to raise the money in donations- if you can help PLEASE let us know!

Don’t forget our new exhibition Bengeo Stories is now open and, for the first time this year, there will also be cream teas, drinks and cakes served in the Andrews Room this Saturday 30th March from 11am – 4pm so we hope to see you soon.

Bengeo Stories (sneak peek)

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our Model Railway Day last Saturday, we had over 400 visitors which was wonderful for a grey March day!

This week it’s all hands on deck to put up our newest exhibition- Bengeo Stories. Scattered through this entry are a few sneak peeks at some of the panels and objects as we put them up.


This exhibition is going to tell the story of Bengeo from its earliest days to its newest housing developments and it focuses on some of the amazing people who have lived in Bengeo over the years. There are lots of objects and pictures to see and some interesting oral history recordings to listen to as well.


If you’re a local history fan, a Bengeo resident or just want to know more we’re releasing a book (also called Bengeo Stories) to accompany the exhibition with even more details about local families, personalities and events.


The exhibition (and book) will be ready for viewing from this Saturday, 23rd March 2013 and it will run until the 29th June.


Model Railway Day (and the end of China in the East)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This is the last week of our China in the East exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, or want to come back for a closer look, then Saturday is your last chance!

And don’t forget if you know any knitters (or crocheters) that our Knit & Natter group has it’s March meeting tomorrow (Thursday) from 10:30-12:30 so do drop in!

This Saturday, 16th March, it’s Model Railway Day!


tren_train_black_white_line_art_christmas_xmas_electronics_toy-555px If you haven’t visited us for a Model Railway Day before then you’re in for a treat. Our Railway days are always popular with lots of layouts to see, trails to do and a model train you can try driving yourself! In May Reg Harman, one of the organisers of our Model Railway days, ill be giving a talk on New England Railroad Travel and we’ll have the date of that and more details available from Saturday!

Next week we’ll be putting up the Bengeo Stories exhibition so hopefully we’ll have a sneak peek for you. The book to accompany the exhibition is being printed today as well so make sure you’re friends with us on facebook and/or twitter for details of the books release!

Do you know these people?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thank you for all the comments we received on last week’s mystery photographs. We’ve managed to identify number 1 as St Mary’s Church in old Welwyn and we have a few leads on some of the others. If you have any more thoughts do let us know!

As you seemed to enjoy those we’ve got two more mystery pictures for you today only this time it’s the people in them we’re interested in! These two photographs were taken in the centre of Hertford, the corner of Bull Plain and Railway Street, in the 1970s and were donated to the museum last week but we’re wondering if anybody recognises any of the people in them?
1970s Hertford a
1970s Hertford b

This is a short blog today as it’s been very busy here at the museum this week! Learning Officer Eleanor was one of the speakers at the Opportunities at a Time of Change: Museums Engaging Children and Young People conference in Cambridge yesterday, Curator Sara is busy editing our new book on Bengeo and putting together the exhibition to go with it and I’ve been working on a new object for our permanent galleries (more about that when we’ve got it in place!)

Don’t forget to nominate us for the 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award if you think we’re doing a good job.