Archive for March, 2015

Object of the week: Map Stamp (Ireland)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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We’re a day late for St Patrick but our object of the week is this wonderful stamp of a map of Ireland. This stamp is one of a collection of 12 stamps that were used at Abel Smith School. The stamps were rescued by the schools’ caretaker, Mr Tarplee, and donated to the museum last year. The stamps include maps from across the world such as India, Africa, Australia and closer to home a set of England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland and one of the complete British Isles.

Do you remember using map stamps in geography lessons?

This week’s events:

The deadline for our Inspired By Bickerton competition is Saturday 21st March so this is your last chance to enter! We’ve had some amazing entries from back gardens as well as wilder locations so check out the rules and get snapping! The deadline is March 23rd so you’ve still got time!

Next week is #MuseumWeek on twitter and we’ll be taking part with lots of tweets, pictures and behind the scenes information! You can find out the theme for each day on their website

Our next exhibition High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone is approaching fast, if you live in Watton and have any objects, photographs or stories you’d like to share with us then please get in touch!

Object of the week: Building the link between Hertford East & Hertford North

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Today’s object is one of the photographs available to view (and buy!) on our Photograph Kiosk. We have a wonderful collection of images of the stations and railways lines in and around Hertford including stations that no longer exists like Cowbridge Station and this image of the line that joined Hertford North to Hertford East.

Building the railway link between Hertford North and Hertford East, 1926.

Building the railway link between Hertford North and Hertford East, 1926.

Drop into the museum on Saturday and the Andrews Room will be full of Model Railway layouts for you to look at (and maybe even have a go on one!). The displays ware all completely free so come and visit us and take a look at the models and then have a look on our Kiosk at our huge photograph collection.

This week’s events:

This Saturday’s Model Railway Day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm and is completely free. Come and visit the displays and let us know which was your favourite!

Our Inspired By Bickerton competition is still open, we’ve had some amazing entries from back gardens as well as wilder locations so check out the rules and get snapping! The deadline is March 23rd so you’ve still got time!

The Friends of Hertford Museum talk this month is on The Diary of John Carrington by Gill Cordingley. John Carrington was a farmer from Bramfield and his diary gives a detailed account of the lives of ordinary people in the 18th century. The talk is on Tuesday 17 March at 8 pm in the St Andrews Centre. Tickets are free for FOHM members and £2 for guests (available on the door)

Object of the week: Slipware

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Sometimes when we look at objects in a museum collection we can be seeing them from quite far away- through a glass case or behind a barrier- but if you get a chance to look at objects up close sometimes you can find wonderful patterns.

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This beautiful Slipware Platter was found during excavations behind the old Castle Cinema on The Wash. It dates from the seventeenth or eighteenth century and if you’ve seen one of our posters for the Arts & Craft workshop we’re running next week you’ll recognise it’s beautiful pattern!

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It’s one of several patterns from our collections which those on the workshop will be using to inspire prints of their own design! There are still spaces left if you want to take part.

This week’s events:

Check out the details on the poster above and book your space on our Arts & Craft taster sessions as soon as possible! We’re hoping to run some more of these in the summer and if you’re at the first one you’ll have a chance to tell us which other sessions you’d like us to run!

We’re starting to receive some wonderful entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition and we’re looking forward to seeing YOURS! All you need to do is take a picture of a wild animal that lives in Hertfordshire! The competition is open to all ages and we’ll be holding an exhibition of all the entries. For full details see our website or pick up a leaflet at the museum.

Don’t forget Hertford Country Market takes over our Andrews Room every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.00.Pop in and take a look at their buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.