Archive for September, 2014

Autumn sunshine

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

It looks like autumn is really here, there’s a chill in the air and we’re starting to see drifts of leaves come in with our visitors! However there’s still one last Teas in the Garden this Saturday and it’s lovely and warm in the knot garden when it’s sunny (and if it isn’t sunny there’s space inside!)

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Alongside the autumn visitors in our garden there are some wonderful woodland creatures in our shop at the moment!

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Not to mention the one’s on display in Hertford and Beyond.

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So there’s plenty to see and do at the museum! And we’re keeping busy behind the scenes too, we’ve raised enough money to start work on the orrery so it’s currently in pieces under the care of our wonderful conservator Francis.

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Hertford Museum Orrery

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Over the year’s the objects on display at Hertford Museum have to keep changing but we’re often asked about objects that are now in our stores. One of the things we’re asked about most frequently is our orrery which was on display in the museum for nearly 70 years!

The orrery on display in the 1960s

The orrery on display in the 1960s

The orrery –a mechanical model of the solar system – was made by Jeremiah Cleeve of Welwyn in around 1810. It was given to us by the Science Museum in 1933 and has been an important part of our collection ever since. However it now needs urgent conservation work. The globe is rapidly losing varnish and the paper surface at real risk of permanent damage. The mechanism of the orrery is also in desperate need of cleaning so that it can one again be operated.

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We are hoping to have the orrery on display as part of our Rise of the Machines exhibition later this year and we’d like to have it in full working order but to do that we need to raise £2050. We’ve already had a donation from the Robert Kiln Charitable Trust but we’ve got a long way to go to raise the full total and so we’re asking our visitors and supporters for help!

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If you’d like more information about the significance of the orrery, our plans for it’s display and storage long term and also the work that needs doing you can download a pdf here or get in touch with us.

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Don’t forget if you want a chance to see some of the other objects in our collection that aren’t on display at the moment then you can come and see behind the scenes at our Store on Saturday as part of this year’s Open Heritage Weekend. See our website for full details!

Patrons Evening and remembering Martin Andrews

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Last Saturday saw our annual Patrons Evening when we have a chance to thank the wonderfully generous members of the Hertford Museum Patrons scheme and also celebrate the work that the museum has done over the last year.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

We always enjoy seeing our supporters and this year was especially important to us because we have been able to make some wonderful changes to the museum garden because of money given to us by the Friends of Hertford Museum and a bequest from Martin Andrews.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

Martin died in 2012 and on Saturday his brother Giles Andrews planted a bay tree in the museum garden in his memory. Martin and Giles, and their cousins David, are all great grandsons of one of our Founders, R.T. Andrews, and we are very grateful to have them as friends and supporters.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews