Archive for June, 2013

Hertford Carnival (and the last week of Bengeo Stories)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It’s the last week of our Bengeo Stories exhibition so if you haven’t seen it already make sure you visit us by Saturday 29th June which is it’s last day! And don’t forget there is a new book about Bengeo out as well and there are still copies available.

Last weekend it was the Hertford Carnival and despite some rather depressing looking weather forecasts the week before the sun shone and the crowds came out! Our staff & volunteers arrived at the museum early to put our float together.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

The float then set off to the Mead Lane Industrial Estate to get ready for the procession. The crowds on the route were huge and enthusiastic- if you gave us a wave or took one of our flyers then thank you! We didn’t win any of the prizes but there were some amazing entries.

Hertford Museum's float in the Carnival procession.

Hertford Museum’s float in the Carnival procession.

Back at the museum we were keeping busy as well with a model railway day. We had nearly 600 people visit during the afternoon!

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

And it wasn’t just the model railway sets that people came for, we were also serving Tea & Cake in our garden which was welcomed by people who had stood watching the carnival and now had sore feet!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

It’s the last Saturday of the month this weekend so there will be Teas in the Garden running again (and if the sun doesn’t last they’ll be in the Andrews Room so don’t miss out on our fabulous homemade cakes and scones!)

Hertford Carnival and Model Railway Day!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The sun is out and it’s gloriously warm today, let’s hope it’s like this again on Sunday for the 2013 Hertford Carnival!


As you can see we’re working hard on our float with its Asterix theme so make sure you wave to us during the parade on Sunday. It starts at the Mead Lane Industrial Estate at 2pm and winds its way through town to finish at Hartham Common.


The Museum will be open specially on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm so come and see us before or after the parade (or during it if you want some peace and quiet!)

Just like last year there will be plenty to see as we’re combining the fun of carnival with a Model Railway Day!


Sunday will also be the start of the Bengeo Stories exhibition last week, it closes on the 29th June AND if that isn’t enough there will also be Teas in the Garden whilst we’re open!


Book Sale- looking for donations!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

In January we held a Secondhand Book Sale in the Andrews Room and it was so popular we’ve decided to do it again (in fact we’re hoping to make them a regular thing two or three times a year!)


Our next Book Sale is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm and we hope to see lots of you there!

Do you have any secondhand books you can donate to the museum?


We’re looking for paperback fiction and any local history books particularly. If you think you can help us please bring your donated books to the museum by the 12th July (to allow us time to sort and price them all).

Any money we raise will help us with future exhibitions, activities and events so you can declutter your bookshelves AND help your local museum at the same time!

Museums & Social Media (how are we doing?)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I don’t want to confuse any body but this week’s blog is about this blog! Because we don’t have comments on the blog (there’s been too much spam sadly!) we wanted to ask today- is there anything you think we should talk about more or something we should be doing differently?


At the moment we use our weekly updates to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s happening at the museum, let you know about future plans and events, give you sneak peeks behind the scenes and sometimes set you challenges and questions with mystery photographs and objects.

Behind the scenes at Hertford Museum

Behind the scenes at Hertford Museum

We’d love to hear any of your thoughts about how we’re doing with our social media (this blog, Facebook and Twitter). You can drop us a message on facebook or twitter or send us an email or even let us know in person if you’re passing the museum!

The museum in 1948.

The museum in 1948.

And whilst we’re talking about blogs here are some other brilliant museum blogs you could be following:

Inside the Museum of London (collections and behind the scenes information from the Museum of London)

Stories from the Stores (one of the Science Museum’s many blogs focussing on the objects they don’t have on display)

Museums Journal blog (this is the official blog of the Museums Association so if you’re interested in current issues facing museums it’s a good one to watch)

The Imperial War Museum blogs (the IWM split their blogs into different subjects- research or social interaction or special projects so there’s something for everyone)

Horniman blog (more collections focus but also lots about their events including sheep shearing! Plus they sometimes mention the adventures of the Horniman Walrus)

Let us know if you have any other favourite museum blogs or social media accounts!