Archive for August, 2013

Memories of 18 Bull Plain

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hertford Museum celebrated its centenary in 2003 but this year there’s another centenary to celebrate- it’s 100 years since the Andrews Brothers bought our current home- 18 Bull Plain. To celebrate our history in this building we’re putting on a special exhibition about the 400 year history of 18 Bull Plain and the way the museum has changed (and stayed the same!) over our 100 years here and we’d like YOU to be part of that!

R.T. Andrews sitting in the first floor gallery at 18 Bull Plain.

R.T. Andrews sitting in the first floor gallery at 18 Bull Plain.

We want to include memories from some of our visitors about the museum in earlier days. It could be a memory of a particular display or exhibition, it could be your favourite object or photograph, it could even be a special event or activity you remember!

18 Bull Plain in the 1980s.

18 Bull Plain in the 1980s.

Any special memories you have of the museum in 18 Bull Plain are welcome and if you have one (or more!) to share then please write it out and email it to us at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com or leave it at the front desk.

The front door of the museum in 1987.

The front door of the museum in 1987.

We’d be particularly interested to hear about any objects you remember that are no long on permanent display so that we can try and display some of them!

Children playing in the museum in 1948.

Children playing in the museum in 1948.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 14th September when we’ll be holding special children’s activities and gallery talks for Heritage Open Weekend AND as it’s the building’s birthday there will be some birthday cakes as well.

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This Sunday, 25th August, is the annual Hertford Musical Mystery Tour and as usual we’re taking part with performances from live musicians in our garden who you can enjoy whilst drinking a free glass Summer Punch (or fruit juice).

July 2013 (small)

We’re open from 2-4pm and we’ve got two great acts for you.

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Schrödinger’s Strings are returning to the museum after their fantastic performance at our Museums at Night event earlier this year and alongside them we’re also presenting a set by classical guitarist Alan Green.

Alan Green

Everything is free (though donations are ALWAYS welcome!) so make sure you come and join us for summer sun, music and a relaxing drink before heading off to enjoy the rest of the Musical Mystery Tour (and make sure you let us know if you enjoyed it on facebook or twitter!)

Walk About Hertford Town- Summer Quiz

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

We’re halfway through our summer of activities and it’s been great to see so many of you in the museum! It’s Seasides and Rock Pools week for our family activities and if you want to see what we’ve been getting up to then there are some fantastic pictures on facebook- just click the image below to see more!

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But it’s not just our family craft activities that are keeping people busy this summer. Walk About Hertford Town is a fun family quiz which takes you on a walk around central Hertford looking for some of the town’s hidden secrets.

The Wash

The quiz should take approximately one hour to complete and can be followed from any point. However, the route outlined below takes you on a more or less circular route from Hertford Museum and back again; you can then hand in your entries once they are completed and there are some fabulous prizes supplied by Serendipity, Kids Connection and The Oak Room!

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The trails only cost £1 and the money we raise will go straight back towards the running costs of the museum to make sure we can keep putting one xciting exhibitions, activities and events for everyone!

Summer Games and Historical Toys

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

It’s Toytastic week here at Hertford Museum! There are toys in the garden…

What do you get if you cross skittles with hopscotch...

What do you get if you cross skittles with hopscotch…

We’re making toys as our craft activity…

This is a myriorama, you can put the pieces in any order to make a new picture!

This is a myriorama, you can put the pieces in any order to make a new picture!

We’ve been making sure all of the jackets, dresses and clothes in our textile store are safe and there are some toys hiding out in there as well…

This beautiful doll is french and more to be looked at than played with!

This beautiful doll is french and more to be looked at than played with!

And there even so (old) toys that are new to our collection…

This lovely fort was made for a local boy and it comes with lots of cowboys and indians!

This lovely fort was made for a local boy and it comes with lots of cowboys and indians!

What’s your favourite toy?

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