Archive for May, 2014

On the Move- How did YOU get to the museum today?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

One of the walls in our On the Move exhibition has been taken over by a flood of post-it notes!

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We asked our visitors to tell us how they travel to the museum and the answers range from the specific…

I used my childminders car and all 5 of us fitted in.

I used my childminders car and all 5 of us fitted in.

… to the more imaginative…

On the back of a big dog!

On the back of a big dog!

… and it wasn’t just children who’ve been using their imaginations!

We flew on our broomsticks- St Clements Mothers Union

We flew on our broomsticks- St Clements Mothers Union

We’ve put together a facebook album with some of our other favourite notes so take a look and see if you can spot your own.

Don’t forget that On the Move is open for another month so there’s still tome to come and tell us how YOU’D like to travel to the museum!

Animal Antics!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Museums at Night event on Saturday evening! It was a wonderful evening with cocktails and 70s inspired music from Schrödinger’s Strings.

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It’s Half Term next week and as usual we’re running family activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can drop in between 10.30 – 3.30 (last entry 3.00pm) and it’s only £1.50 per child!

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This May our family activities have an animal theme inspired by some of our natural history collections. We’ll be making animal masks and monkey mobiles so pop in and see us (and send us a picture of yourself on facebook or twitter with your wonderful creations!)

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Saturday Night Fever at Hertford Museum!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This weekend museums across the country will be celebrating Museums at Night by holding special events and here at Hertford Museum we’re turning back time for a special Seventies evening!

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Roll back the decades with us on Saturday 17th May from 6 – 9pm and enjoy music from Schrödinger’s Strings whilst trying a Harvey Wallbanger or Snowball cocktail! The events is entirelyFREE but it’s a cash bar.

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There is one way to get a free drink though- have a go at our 1970s gallery trail and if you get all the answers right you’ll get a token for a free cocktail! There will be 1970s snacks including the all important cheese & pinapple and we’ll have some of our 1970s costumes on display to help you get in the mood.

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And whilst you’re at the museum don’t forget to pick up a copy of our latest newsletter for more information about Sound and Vision on Saturday 14th June when we’re taking over the Corn Exchange for a Seventies Extravaganza as part of the Saving the Seventies project!

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Daggers and Axes and Swords (oh my!)

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Stores Open Day on Saturday- we had over 200 people during the course of the day and got some lovely feedback! If you missed your chance last weekend then don’t worry- we’re planning another Open Day in September so watch out for details nearer the time!

Our team of conservation cleaners hard at work on Saturday.

Our team of conservation cleaners hard at work on Saturday.

One of the things visitors could see at the Stores on Saturday was a team of our amazing conservation cleaning volunteers. These volunteers have been trained in conservation cleaning which is a lot more fiddly and time consuming than ordinary cleaning- no metal polish allowed!

Every object is photographed before we begin!

Every object is photographed before we begin!

The idea of conservation cleaning is to show any object off to its best advantage without removing any part of the object or any signs of it’s use or age so we have to start slowly and carefully.

When handling metal objects like this axe it's important to wear gloves. The oils on your hands can cause real damage otherwise.

When handling metal objects like this axe it’s important to wear gloves. The oils on your hands can cause real damage otherwise.

The team on Saturday were starting work on some of the weapons from our collection for our Art of Arms exhibition which will be opening in July.

Every bead on the shaft of this spear will have to be cleaned individually using a small cotton bud!

Every bead on the shaft of this spear will have to be cleaned individually using a small cotton bud!