Archive for July, 2015

Object of the week: Tony Crowley’s One Man Band

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015


One of the most popular things in our Beautiful Noise exhibition, especially with our younger visitors, is this wonderful one man band which owned by local musician Tony Crowley.


Tony Crowley, who lived in Hertford from 1966, hand built his instrument and held the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous session of playing a one man band! He played other unusual instruments too, in this short video you can see him playing his phonofiddle.

This week’s events

There are still a couple of spaces left on our songwriting workshops tomorrow! It’s for children aged 8+ and they will be working with Ben from MusicLab to write their own original song! Call the museum to reserve your space.

This Saturday our Gallery Sounds series of mini-concerts continues with local singer and guitarist Mike Excell. Drop in between 2.30-3.00pm to hear him play in our exhibition space. The full list of musicians taking part can be found here.

If you haven’t checked out our Summer Holiday Activities then make sure you take a look on our website or download our flyer for full details. Next week we’re going fossil and dinosaur crazy!

Object of the week: Bandsman’s uniform

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

It’s just three days till our new exhibition, Beautiful Noise opens so here’s a sneak peak at one of the wonderful objects on display!


This bandsman’s uniform was worn by Dennis Levey when he was a memberof the Hertford Brass Band. The band played from 1949 through to the early 1970s when it was sadly closed due to a lack of funding. Many members moved across to the Ware Brass Band who are still playing today!

This week’s events

Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage opens this Saturday with the first of our Gallery Sounds series of min-concerts! The first performer’s are a small group from the Hertford Choral Society who will be performing from 2.30-3.00pm in our exhibition space (or in the garden if the weather allows!) Watch this space for future artists.

If you want to learn more about Hertford’s Musical Pioneers then Jean Purkis’ talk on Thomas Green and Charles Bridgeman is a wonderful chance to discover two of Hertford’s first music promoters and pioneers of performance. Enjoy a glass of wine and the opportunity to take in our Beautiful Noise exhibition after hours. The talk will start at 8pm. Please call the museum to book your place!

Finally, if craft rather than music is your thing, it’s our last Knit & Natter before the summer holidays tomorrow. Drop in 10.30 – 12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat whilst you work on your knitting or crochet projects!

Object of the Week: The Andrews family on the beach

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

With the temperatures high as they are today we tough the perfect picture for this week’s object of the week would be one of R.T. Andrews, one of our founders, and his family sitting on the beach!

andrews beach2

The Andrews family left a large collection of glass plate negatives to the museum including several of their family holidays to the coast. The children in these pictures are R.T Andrews’ grandchildren Nellie and baby Leslie with their mother Gussie and their father H.C. Andrews who later took over the museum from his father. Nellie is the start of one of our most popular School Workshops- Nellie’s Toy Box

Andrews Family Holidays - Family Beach Scene.

This week’s events

It’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend and as it’s the 4th of July our craft activity will have a red, white and blue theme! Drop in 10.30am-4.30pm to have a go and also play with our traditional toys and books.

We said a sad goodbye to Connie Taylor or Finance Officer this week. Connie has been with the museum for over 13 years so she will be much missed (though she’s still going to be selling her delicious cakes & biscuits at the Hertford Country Market every Friday!)

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)