Archive for January, 2014

Regular events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Often in these blogs we talk about upcoming special events or new exhibitions but there are lots of events and activities that happen regularly at the museum so today we want to share some of them with you!


This Friday sees the return of the Hertford Country Market! The market fills our Andrews Room (and spills outside in the summer) every Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 and you can buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

stay and play

The on Saturday it’s the first Saturday of the month which makes it a Stay & Play Saturday. The Andrews Room will be open for families to enjoy our traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too? Best of all this activity is entirely FREE!

Toddler Tuesday

Once a month we also hold a Toddler Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30 am where you and your toddler can take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! The sessions are only £1.50 per child including refreshments for all but you must book in advance!

knit and natter

For grown ups we also hold a Knit & Natter on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum and you can share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.


Details of all of these regular events, along with our one-off events, can be found in our Newsletter or on our What’s On page or you can sign up for our eNewsletter which we send out about once a month!

Saving the Seventies!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Bull Plain from Salisbury Square in 1974

Bull Plain from Salisbury Square in 1974

Do you have memories of Hertford in the 1970s? If you so then we want to talk to you!


This year Hertford is taking part in Saving the Seventies a Heritage Lottery Funded project that brings together eleven museum across Hertfordshire and Suffolk to gather memories, pictures and memorabilia from the 1970s.

Horace Hughes, Blacksmith, in his forge in Hertford during the 1970s

Horace Hughes, Blacksmith, in his forge in Hertford during the 1970s

Later this year we will be holding a Seventies themed day and we’ll let you know about that nearer the time but first we need to try and collect more information, pictures and objects from Hertford in the 1970s. And it’s not just Hertford- don’t forget that our collecting area covers a much wider area than just the town. If you want to know if your village falls into our collecting area take a look at our Donate an Object webpage.

Maidenhead Street, c1970

Maidenhead Street, c1970

To help bring people together and share ideas this Saturday 25th January we’re having a Saving the Seventies Memory Day and we’re inviting everyone to pop in and join us for some seventies nibbles and be inspired by some of our colourful collections from the decade. We’d love to hear your memories and hear from anyone willing to loan 1970s objects for a display later in the year. Just drop in from 11am – 3pm!

Wallace Talk & Book Sale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

If you’ve somehow missed all of our posters & tweets & facebook posts & press releases about this evening’s World of Wallace event at Hertford Theatre then here are the details again:

What?‘The World of Wallace’- An evening of illustrated talks on Alfred Russel Wallace with Errol Fuller and Dr Sandra Knapp
Where? Hertford Theatre
When?Wednesday 15th January 2014, 7.30 pm
How much? £10. No concessions.Tickets available on the door.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

And that’s the last time we’ll plug it (I promise!) We’re just getting together some merchandise we’ll be selling this evening and waiting for our two speakers to arrive now and then it’s show time!


If you’re not coming along tonight then there’s still plenty happening at the museum! Our January Newsletter is available to download from our website or you can pick up a copy if you’re passing and there are events for everyone over the next few months from toddlers to those who remember the 1970s and from walkers to those who enjoy knitting and nattering!


This Saturday, 18th January we’re holding another Book Sale where you can pick up a book from our pre-loved selection and help support your museum at the same time! It runs from 10.00am – 4.00pm and when you’ve looked at all our secondhand books make sure you take a look around our shop as well because (as of today) we have a new edition of Alfred Russel Wallace: His Life and Work on offer for just £3!

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