Archive for March, 2014

#museummastermind answers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

If you follow us on twitter you’ll have seen we’re taking part in #MuseumWeek this week and yesterday, for #MuseumMastermind day, we were asking some trivia questions.

For anyone playing along at home here are the answers, let us know on twitter how you did!

It’s #museummastermind day and we’ll start with an easy one after our Wallace exhibition- where is this plaque?
Answer- St Andrews Street, Wallace House

How about a mystery object- who might have used this tool? #museummastermind
Answer- it’s a tool used to make carpets

With WW1 centenary approaching do you know who the Victoria Cross in our collection was awarded to? #museummastermind
Answer- Corporal Alfred Alexander Burt, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment (you’ll be hearing a lot more about Burt next year as it will be the centenary of him being awarded the VC!)

Here’s another picture question- where can you find this Dolphin in Hertford? #museummastermind
Answer- it’s over the entrance to Dolphin Yard, off Maidenhead Stree

Time for another mystery object? What do you think this is part of? #museummastermind
Answer- it is part of the engine from a V2 bomb

Museum’s collect modern objects too sometimes- can you name this action figure? #museummastermind
Answer- Lion-O from the Thundercats

What do you think this mystery object is?#museummastermind
Answer- a spirit lamp

One last #museummastermind question- does anyone know where this picture of Ceres was taken?
Answer- in the museum garden!

#MuseumWeek and an evening viewing of Fizeek!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Next week Twitter are holding their first ever #MuseumWeek and Hertford Museum are going to be taking part!

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If you’re on twitter then make sure you’re follow @Hertford Museum and also the #MuseumWeek hashtag to take part in all the fun. Each day is going to have a different theme and there are plenty of chances for all our visitors and followers to get involved!


Monday 24th: #DayInTheLife Assistant Curator Sarah will be tweeting a report of her day- we’re closed on Mondays so expect lots of behind the scenes information!

Tuesday 25th: #MuseumMastermind We’ll be tweeting questions for you to ponder throughout the day including mystery objects and information about our collections! If you get stuck we’ll share the answers the next morning!

Wednesday 26th: #MuseumMemories This is your chance to share your memories of visiting the museum or perhaps let us know what your favourite object or exhibition has been! We want to hear from you so please make sure you tag us (@HertfordMuseum) in your tweets!

Thursday 27th:#BehindTheArt On Thursday we’re going to be sharing some facts, trivia and images from the museum’s history- how much do you know about Hertford Museum.

Friday 28th: #AskTheCurator If you have any questions for our curators (or any of our other staff!) please send them to us before Friday and we’ll answer as many as we can on the day! You can send them to us on twitter or facebook, email them to or even write them down and drop them in if you prefer!

Saturday 29th: #MuseumSelfies Take a picture of yourself in the museum and share it with us! We’ll be sharing some of the staff’s selfies as well!

Sunday 30th: #GetCreative How creative can you get in 140 characters? Using our objects, photographs and building for inspiration can you be creative in a tweet? Or share a creative picture with us using instagram (or even a video using vine if you’re feeling adventurous!)

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Bookmark this page so you know what’s coming each day and while you’re waiting for #MuseumWeek to start why not think of a question to send us for #AskTheCurator day- the sooner you send your questions in the more likely we are to be able to answer them!

This weekend, on Saturday 22nd March we are delighted to invite members of Hertfordshire’s LGBT community to a special evening viewing of Fizeek: the life & times of Ronald Wright.


The event runs from 7-9pm and as well as the chance to meet Ronald Wright and view the exhibition there will also be a 1950s inspired live music set from acclaimed local band The Goldbacks which you can listen to with a glass of wine (or maybe a 1950s cocktail instead- how do you take your Martini?) The event has been generously supported by Herts County Council Locality Budget Grant scheme and community donations.

Spring Model Railway Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring finally seems to be here and even our knot garden has had a spring clean!

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March also means it’s time for one of our Model Railway Days. If you haven’ visited on a Model Railways Day before make sure you pop in to see a wide variety of model railway layouts, speak to our railways enthusiasts and maybe even have a go at driving a train yourself!

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Finally this week we have a quick warning- we’re having a new phone system installed in the museum this week. Our phone line should remain open throughout however it may need to be switched off for a short period at some stage (we’ll try and warn you on twitter & facebook if that happens). If you have a problem contacting us by phone then either wait 10 minutes and try again or email us at Thank you for your patience!

Fizeek- the life & times of Ronald Wright

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Our newest exhibition, Fizeek: the life and times of Ronald Wright opened on Friday evening with a preview attended by museum supporters, artist and Ronald himself You can read about the preview in the Hertford Mercury this week.


Fizeek charts his rise from shop assistant to celebrity portrait artist and world renowned illustrator of gay magazines. Imprisoned as a homosexual, Ronald became an artist’s life model on his release and in later life a spiritual healer.

Ronald Wright ketching film star Elizabeth Sellars backstage at the Comedy Theatre in London.

Ronald Wright ketching film star Elizabeth Sellars backstage at the Comedy Theatre in London.

At 85, Ronald continues to work in the arts, collaborating with the new wave of British artists and the exhibition contains drawings from the full span of his career including some of his most recent drawings.


We are delighted to be celebrating the life and work of such a charming and fascinating son of Hertford. We are really looking forward to sharing his amazing story with our visitors.

In light of the adult themes contained in this exhibition, Hertford Museum recommends that Under 16s should be accompanied by a parent or carer.


If you’d like to get an idea of what’s included in the exhibition before you come and see it then why not check out this short video from the Hertford Mercury.