Archive for November, 2014

Museum Takeover Day(s)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you follow us on twitter or facebook you’ll have seen that on Friday the museum was being aken over by students from Simon Balle school as part of Takeover Day.


The students designed trails around the museum and made their own posters to advertise the day and they even made cakes in case anyone turned up expecting the Hertford Country Market! In the afternoon pupils from local primary schools visited and were shown round by the students as well. It was a fantastic day and very well planned by the student team (we’re all a bit nervous for our jobs now!)

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Then on Saturday the Andrews Room was taken over by the Hertford and District Camera Club annual exhibition. The exhibition was a great success and you can see the lists of winners on their website.

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And there’s still one more very important takeover to come- this Friday evening the museum is going to be hosting Father Christmas himself as part of the Hertford Christmas Lights Switch On and our own Christmas Spectacular.


Father Christmas will be at the museum from 4-6pm and then from 6.45-8pm (in between he’ll be switching the lights on in the town centre) so drop in to say hello (£1.50 per child including a present!) and you can also have a go at a free Christmas craft and from 5.45-6.15 we’ll have St Andrews Church Choir singing festive carols too.

You can see what we got up to at least year’s Christmas Spectacular on our YouTube channel!

Hertford & Beyond- St Mary’s School, Singla

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

This week we’ve received an update on how the money raised from Hertford & Beyond has been used! All of the proceeds from sales of the prints and the notecards were split between the Museum and St Mary’s School in Singla, Darjeeling.


Sales plus additional donations inspired by the exhibition meant that the school received £1600 and they’ve already put that money to good use. The school’s trustees went to India at the end of last month and have authorised the school to spend some of the money immediately on two main items:

1. Two laptop computers and two Reliance dongles, capable of supporting 4 laptops online with fast internet connection plus annual maintenance agreements.
2. Safety Fencing to be installed in the terrace between the upper and lower school.

Trustee Sir John Casson in the computer lab at St Mary’s School, October 2014.

Trustee Sir John Casson in the computer lab at St Mary’s School, October 2014.

So that is great news and it will make a real difference to the pupils and teachers at the school. Everyone who bought a photo or note card has contributed directly to this result and the school (and photographer Dennis Preston) want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the exhibition

HAB 45 Girl spotted at assembly