Archive for May, 2013

Nice weather for ducks… (Half Term & Hertford Carnival)

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s been a very grey Half Term outside so far but in the museum we’ve been celebrating Hertford’s rivers with our family craft activities and a trail.

Visitors have been decorating maps of the four Hertford rivers as well as making their own duck puppets and there’s still time to pop down today and take part!


If you’re in town on Saturday then our Wind in the Willows trail will still be available and Stay & Play Saturday is sticking with the river theme!


This week we’ve also been thinking about the Hertford Carnival which is less than a month away now! Last year we filled our float with some GIANT models of our collections but this year’s theme is Cartoon Characters so we’ve gone for a historical cartoon- Asterix!


If you’re planning on visiting the carnival this year (Sunday 23rd June!) don’t forget that the museum will be open all afternoon serving afternoon tea in the garden and there will be a Model Railway Day in our Andrews Room. So, as always, plenty to do whatever the weather!

Along the Riverbank- May Half Term activities!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May Half Term is only a week away now so make sure you’ve picked up a copy of our newsletter, downloaded one from here or are keeping a close eye on our What’s On page!

Our theme for May Half Term is Along the Riverbank celebrating the four rivers that wind their way through the town- can you name them all without looking? I’ll put the answer at the bottom of this post.

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Our family craft activities run from 10:30am- 3:30pm (last entry at 3:00pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and are only £1.50 per child. Just drop in and if we can’t find space for you straight away then there’s plenty to do and see in the galleries or the museum garden.

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she'll be back?

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she’ll be back?

Thank you to everyone who made our Museums at Night event so much fun, especially our musicians Zöe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings. There are some wonderful pictures on our facebook page and don’t worry if you couldn’t come this time- we’ll be taking part in this year’s Hertford Musical Mystery Tour in August so you’ve got another chance to enjoy some wonderful music over a glass of wine in the museum (hopefully in the garden this time!)

Schrödinger's Strings- Museums at Night 2013

Schrödinger’s Strings- Museums at Night 2013

How many rivers were you able to remember? The four are:

  1. The Lea

  2. The Beane
  3. The Mimram
  4. The Rib

Museums at Night (and an award nomination)

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

This evening the Museums and Heritage Awards are being held in London and our fabulous Front of House Team have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Service award! Thanks to our generous friends and supporters Holly & Julie will be at the ceremony tonight- keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow to find out if we won!


Tomorrow evening is the start of Museums at Night 2013. There are events taking place all over the country between this weekend including our own special evening of acoustic music!

Zöe Phillips

Zöe Phillips

Hertford is home to many talented musicians, as the annual Hertford Music Festival showcases and Saturday 18th May we will be presenting Zöe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings. Come and listen to them playing between 6pm- 8pm for FREE and enjoy a glass of wine (modest price for refreshments)

Schrödinger's Strings

Schrödinger’s Strings

The whole museum will be open, including our current exhibition Bengeo Stories so drop in, have a glass of wine, listen to some music and enjoy our galleries. We hope to see you there!

Our Fabulous Volunteers (and the May Newsletter)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Our May Newsletter is now out so drop in and pick up a copy or you can download it from our website. It’s full of information on upcoming events to put in your diary- tomorrow is our monthly Knit & Natter morning, it’s the Craft & Curio Fair on Saturday and then NEXT Saturday there will be music from Zoe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings to celebrate Museums at Night weekend.

Local singer/songwriter Zoe Phillips.

Local singer/songwriter Zoe Phillips.

To keep our busy programme of events, activities and exhibitions running smoothly alongside the every day work of a museum we rely hugely on our amazing team of volunteers. Hertford Museum volunteers are diverse group and help us in many different ways.

Today is one of our regular volunteers meetings which are our chance to say thank you to all our volunteers and let them know about our plans and the work that is going on so we thought it was a good chance to tell you a little bit about what they do for us!

Two of our family learning volunteers

Two of our family learning volunteers.

If you have taken part in any of our Family Activities then you will have met some of our wonderful family learning volunteers. All of our activities are supported by volunteers who hand out instructions, make sure you have enough pens and glue and glitter and hopefully encourage everyone to take part!

We also have a small group of volunteers who helped with our Saturday Teas (though you’ll also see them at some of our evening events- particularly if you come to our exhibition previews where they’re in charge of the wine!)

Another important group of volunteers are the leader of our Hidden Hertford Walks. These walks take place on Sundays and are entirely led by volunteers- the new programme will be out shortly and we’ll let you know here when it is!

A volunteer team working on cleaning some of the collections.

A volunteer team working on cleaning some of the collections.

Then we have a large team of Collections volunteers who do a huge variety of jobs from helping clean and care for our current collections to cataloguing any new objects that come into the museum. Volunteers help us with research on our collections and for some of our books and exhibitions, some of them even help write exhibition panels. All of our digital images have been scanned in by volunteers, a task that is still ongoing, and other volunteers are helping photograph objects.

Volunteers working on our carnival float last year.

Volunteers working on our carnival float last year.

And that’s not all, many of our volunteers kindly take on special jobs for us when we need help- transcribing recorded oral history interviews, delivering leaflets and posters and even helping us paint the temporary gallery between exhibitions!

We’ve got a very full team of volunteers at the moment which is wonderful but when we have any spaces for new volunteers we’ll let you know!

Music, Talks and Craft- upcoming events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We’ve been talking a lot recently about some of our future exhibitions but while you’re waiting for those to happen there are still plenty of activities and events taking place at the museum (not to mention our Bengeo Stories exhibition if you haven’t seen that yet!)

Museums at Night 2012

Museums at Night 2012

On Saturday 18th May we will be having an evening of live acoustic music to celebrate Museums at Night. We’re still confirming the musicians but we’re excited to bring you some local artists to listen to over a glass of wine.


Then on Saturday 25th May Reg Harman will be giving a talk titled Travels by train in New England. You can book tickets for Reg’s talk by calling, emailing or popping in to the museum. Reg’s talk will is a personal ramble through travel in New England by timetabled passenger rail services. This talk will cover railroad history, geography, stations, operations and current railroad policy and will focus on the journeys themselves, the people and the places.

Toddler Tuesday

And then there are our regular activities too. The first Saturday of each month is a Stay and Play Saturday, the second Saturday is taken up by an Arts and Craft Market in the Andrews Room and our Tea in the Garden take place on the last Saturday of every month! Plus Toddler Tuesdays, our monthly Knit & Natter group and the Friends of Hertford Museum hold monthly meetings as well.

All of the details for these events (and many more!) are on the What’s On page of our website so make sure you have it bookmarked!

ps. if you are a teacher, or know one, then our Summer Schools’ Newsletter is now available to download from our Schools’ pages.