Archive for September, 2013

Two Giants of Guildhall and A Dun Cow (new posters in our shop!)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Today’s blog is going to come in two parts- part one about some wonderful posters you can now get in our shop and part two is a World of Wallace update!

Two new posters

From today you can buy large copies of two fantastic posters from our collections. These posters were both designed as satirical takes on elections in the 19th century but they’re great fun even if you don’t know the politicians they were referring to.

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A Dun Cow
This poster was designed for the 1826 parliamentary election. It is attacking Thomas Slingsby Duncombe (the Dun Cow) in support of Henry Lytton Bulwer (the Bull)

Two Giants of Guildhall

This is from the (uncontested) parliamentary election in 1802. The two giants, Gog & Magog, represent Hertford’s two parliamentary members Nicolson Calvert & Edward Spencer Cowper.

The posters can be ordered from our shop in person or by emailing us. The come in two sizes and can be printed in colour or black & white.

A2 – colour £15 or black and white £10
A3 – colour £6 or black and white £5

World of Wallace

Watercolour painting of an orchid from Sadong, Sarawak, Borneo, by A. R. Wallace. Copyright The A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund.

Watercolour painting of an orchid from Sadong, Sarawak, Borneo, by A. R. Wallace. Copyright The A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund.

In case you haven’t seen already there is now a World of Wallace tab on our website and from there you can navigate to pages about the exhibition, our events, the schools programme, where to find more information about Wallace online and also a special “Behind the Scenes” page. The first of our Behind the Scenes videos went live on our YouTube channel on Friday so make sure you check it out and subscribe to be notified when the next one goes up.

We’re working hard on finalising the text for our exhibition panels at the moment and discovering some great stories from Alfred Russel Wallace’s life alongside the important discoveries he made and the animals he collected. One of my favourites so far is his reaction to an earthquake soon after he arrived on the island of Ternate (as described in his book The Malay Archipelago.

I had just awoke at gun-fire (5 A.M.), when suddenly the thatch began to rustle and shake as if an army of cats were galloping over it, and immediately afterwards my bed shook too […] I said to myself “Why, it’s an earthquake,” and lay still in the pleasing expectation of another shock; but none came, and this was the only earthquake I ever felt in Ternate.

Make sure you’ve got all our World of Wallace events in your diary and follow us on twitter, facebook, youtube and/or here on the blog for all the latest Wallace updates!

Hertford Museum’s Volunteers

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s been an incredible summer with family activities every week as well as all our usual exhibitions, events and collections care and now it’s autumn things aren’t getting any quieter! 18 Bull Plain, our exhibition about the building the museum has been in for the last 100 years, opened on Saturday (thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our anniversary with us!) and the World of Wallace is coming on 26th October (so very soon!)

To keep all of our work on track we have a fantastic team of volunteers who help us with a whole range of tasks so today we wanted to update you on some of the things are volunteers are doing.

Volunteers help run all of our family activities.

Volunteers help run all of our family activities.

We start, of course, with our amazing family volunteers who kept our activities running throughout the summer and who are now having a well deserved break before the excitement of October Half Term (it’s the Big Draw again and then a Spooky Spider activity for Halloween)

Volunteers being trained in how to clean Natural History specimens.

Volunteers being trained in how to clean Natural History specimens.

Some of our volunteers have been helping prepare for World of Wallace doing research, updating computer records, taking photographs, writing text and even helping to do some vital conservation cleaning on some of the objects that will be in the exhibition- make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel for more about that tomorrow!)

One of the postcards our volunteers have been  cataloguing- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the postcards our volunteers have been cataloguing- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

We have other collections volunteers working on their own special projects including cataloguing all of the documents and photographs that we have from the Addis factory and also we are finally nearing the end of documenting and carefully storing the 4000+ toothbrushes from Addis! We also have a volunteer checking through all of our postcards to make sure they’re scanned and have proper descriptions and other volunteers working on our archaeology and geology collections.

Volunteers working on our carnival float.

Volunteers working on our carnival float.

And then there are all of the other tasks our volunteers help with like weeding our beautiful knot garden, delivering leaflets and posters, making cupcakes (that was a one off for last Saturday), preparing materials for family activities, painting giant Asterix characters (for the carnival), serving afternoon teas and even helping keeping our computers running!

ThankYou

Without our volunteers we would never be able to provide the service we do so we wanted to take this chance to say THANK YOU to all of them and to everyone else who supports us as Friends, Patrons, Donors or by being visitors- we’re very grateful for all of you!

Happy Birthday Hertford Museum!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Hertford Museum is 110 years old this year but we’re also celebrating another very special anniversary- it’s 100 years since the Andrews brothers bought 18 Bull Plain as a new home for the museum.

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To celebrate our centenary in this building we’re opening an exhibition called 18 Bull Plain all about this building. There will be lots of photographs and objects from the museum’s time here (including our sedan chair along with LOTS of pictures of it being carried through town) as well as information about the building before we moved in.

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This Saturday, 14th September we’re having a special birthday celebration for the museum with free family activities 10:30- 3.30, short gallery talks at 11:30am and 2.30pm and best of all free cupcakes for all!

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(thank you to The SugarSmith for donating the icing for our cakes!)

Autumn Newsletter- Dates for your Diary!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The summer has flown by, if you haven’t seen the wonderful pictures of our summer activities on facebook then do take a look!

Sadly the start of September means it’s time to say goodbye to our Hertford County Hospital exhibition (you’ve got until Saturday for one last visit!) but there’s so much happening this autumn at Hertford Museum there won’t be time to miss it!

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Our latest newsletter is now out and you can download it from our website or pick up a copy at the museum and it’s FULL of exhibitions, walks, talks, events and activities. Our next exhibition 18 Bull Plain opens on Saturday 14th September with a special Birthday Party celebrating our 100th anniversary in this building and after that it’s only 6 weeks till our World of Wallace exhibition opens!

Bull Plain in 1904

Hertford Museum in Bull Plain, 1904

We’ll be talking a lot about Alfred Russel Wallace over the next couple of months so make sure you’re following us on facebook, twitter (and youtube!) so you hear about everything that’s happening first.

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

But before all of that it’s Stay and Play Saturday this week and our Knit & Natter group starts back after it’s summer break on Thursday 12th September so make sure you check out our newsletter or What’s On page and we hope to see you soon…