Posts Tagged ‘Afternoon Tea’

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!)


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


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

HAB 19 Red Deer Paris House

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.


Stores Open Day!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

When people visit museums and see all of the cases full of objects it’s sometimes easy to forget that, for most museums, the objects on display are only the tip of the iceberg! Most museums have between 5-10% of their collections on display and Hertford Museum is the same so this Saturday, 3rd May we’ve giving you a chance to come and take a look behind the scenes at the rest of the objects in our collections!

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Come and visit our Stores in the Seed Warehouse (Maidenhead Yard, just off The Wash) and discover how we store and care for our vast and varied collections. Plus you can take a closer look at the larger vehicles in the museum collection that we could not fit in our On the Move exhibition!


If you haven’t visited it before it’s also a great chance to come and look at our Roman corn drying oven and learn more about the fascinating Foxholes Farm excavation.


There will be volunteers and staff on hand to answer your questions as well as a team of our conservation cleaners working on objects for our NEXT exhibition (so if you want a preview of that make sure to pop into our work room upstairs!)


And if all of that isn’t enough to get you to drop in we will also be serving cream teas, cake and coffee from the Millbridge Rooms! The Stores will be open from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm and (other than the cream tea!) everything is FREE.

The Collections Trust (and our Christmas Model Railway Day)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Eagle eyed followers will have noticed that today is Thursday instead of our regular Wednesday blog, sorry!

Yesterday Sarah (our Assistant Curator) was at a Collections Trust conference about Digital Asset Management. The conference was looking at all of the digital assets (photographs, video, sound files, word documents, object records etc.) that museum’s care for now and how they can be best stored, looked after and used. It’s an issue that is becoming increasingly important for museums and we were very lucky to be given a free place thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Museum's are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we're still learning how best to store digital objects!

Museum’s are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we’re still learning how best to store digital objects!

Hopefully over the next few years we will be finding better ways to make sure all of our “digital” collections are properly stored and working out how to share them with you- don’t forget you can already look through digital copies of most of our photographs on the Photograph Kiosk at the museum (and prints of these pictures make wonderful, personal Christmas presents!)

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk-  Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

Yesterday was also our Cake Sale for the Philippines and we raised over £50 but there’s still money coming in so we’ll let you know the full total next week!


Don’t forget this weekend, Saturday 30th November, it’s our Christmas Model Railway Day. There will be festive train layouts for you to see (and maybe have a try yourself) from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and it’s always a popular day so don’t miss out!


Christmas Lights & helping the Philippines

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It’s hard to believe but as we head towards December at speed it’s time to switch on the Hertford Christmas Lights!

This Friday, 22nd November, is the Hertford Christmas Gala! There’s plenty to do in town and as usual Hertford Museum will be staying open late with plenty to do for all the family!


Our festive bonanza will run from 5.00 – 8.00 pm with mulled wine & mince pies on sale (as long as stocks last!), Christmas storytelling in the galleries, Christmas craft activities (starting from 4.00pm) and we’re very lucky to have Hertford St Andrews Church Choir singing for us from 6.00pm!


The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm so you can pop in before or after to warm up. It’s free entry so just drop in!

Over the next fortnight we are also holding two events to raise money for the people of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. All the money we raise will go directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) so please do come and support them!

On Saturday 23rd November from 10.30am – 3.30 pm we are running a fun family craft session. It’s a drop in session and we’re asking for a donation of £1.50 per child 100% of which will go to the DEC.


Then on Wednesday 27th November we’re having a special Afternoon Tea from 2.30 – 5.00 pm. You’ll be able to have tea or coffee with a lovely homemade cake or cookie for just £2.50 (or whatever you can give!)


An Archaeology Extravaganza- travel into prehistory with us!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

This Saturday, 27th July from 10.30am- 3.30pm we’re launching our Summer Holiday activities with a special day of prehistoric fun!

There are lots of activities to take part in, something to keep everyone interested, and it’s all FREE.


Mr History is bringing some amazing prehistoric activities to the museum- you can have a go at painting on a cave wall, see what prehistoric people would have worn and even try hunting some prehistoric wild beasts on an indoor archery range!

Mr History (David Cadle) ready for some prehistoric fun!

Mr History (David Cadle) ready for some prehistoric fun!

If you’ve ever wondered how prehistoric people made their amazing stone weapons and tools, flintknapper James Dilley will be in the garden showing you how its done!

James Dilley in a flint quarry.

James Dilley in a flint quarry.

And if all of that isn’t enough for you we’ll have a craft activity upstairs in our galleries for you to make and take home.


Plus if you find all of that makes you thirsty and hot there will be teas & ice lollies in the garden!

And make sure you pick up a leaflet with our summer activities on it- if you come to 4 of the 5 weeks and get your leaflet stamped you’ll be entered to win a prize at the end of the summer!

Hertford Carnival (and the last week of Bengeo Stories)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It’s the last week of our Bengeo Stories exhibition so if you haven’t seen it already make sure you visit us by Saturday 29th June which is it’s last day! And don’t forget there is a new book about Bengeo out as well and there are still copies available.

Last weekend it was the Hertford Carnival and despite some rather depressing looking weather forecasts the week before the sun shone and the crowds came out! Our staff & volunteers arrived at the museum early to put our float together.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

The float then set off to the Mead Lane Industrial Estate to get ready for the procession. The crowds on the route were huge and enthusiastic- if you gave us a wave or took one of our flyers then thank you! We didn’t win any of the prizes but there were some amazing entries.

Hertford Museum's float in the Carnival procession.

Hertford Museum’s float in the Carnival procession.

Back at the museum we were keeping busy as well with a model railway day. We had nearly 600 people visit during the afternoon!

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

And it wasn’t just the model railway sets that people came for, we were also serving Tea & Cake in our garden which was welcomed by people who had stood watching the carnival and now had sore feet!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

It’s the last Saturday of the month this weekend so there will be Teas in the Garden running again (and if the sun doesn’t last they’ll be in the Andrews Room so don’t miss out on our fabulous homemade cakes and scones!)

Hertford Carnival and Model Railway Day!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The sun is out and it’s gloriously warm today, let’s hope it’s like this again on Sunday for the 2013 Hertford Carnival!


As you can see we’re working hard on our float with its Asterix theme so make sure you wave to us during the parade on Sunday. It starts at the Mead Lane Industrial Estate at 2pm and winds its way through town to finish at Hartham Common.


The Museum will be open specially on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm so come and see us before or after the parade (or during it if you want some peace and quiet!)

Just like last year there will be plenty to see as we’re combining the fun of carnival with a Model Railway Day!


Sunday will also be the start of the Bengeo Stories exhibition last week, it closes on the 29th June AND if that isn’t enough there will also be Teas in the Garden whilst we’re open!


Music, Talks and Craft- upcoming events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We’ve been talking a lot recently about some of our future exhibitions but while you’re waiting for those to happen there are still plenty of activities and events taking place at the museum (not to mention our Bengeo Stories exhibition if you haven’t seen that yet!)

Museums at Night 2012

Museums at Night 2012

On Saturday 18th May we will be having an evening of live acoustic music to celebrate Museums at Night. We’re still confirming the musicians but we’re excited to bring you some local artists to listen to over a glass of wine.


Then on Saturday 25th May Reg Harman will be giving a talk titled Travels by train in New England. You can book tickets for Reg’s talk by calling, emailing or popping in to the museum. Reg’s talk will is a personal ramble through travel in New England by timetabled passenger rail services. This talk will cover railroad history, geography, stations, operations and current railroad policy and will focus on the journeys themselves, the people and the places.

Toddler Tuesday

And then there are our regular activities too. The first Saturday of each month is a Stay and Play Saturday, the second Saturday is taken up by an Arts and Craft Market in the Andrews Room and our Tea in the Garden take place on the last Saturday of every month! Plus Toddler Tuesdays, our monthly Knit & Natter group and the Friends of Hertford Museum hold monthly meetings as well.

All of the details for these events (and many more!) are on the What’s On page of our website so make sure you have it bookmarked!

ps. if you are a teacher, or know one, then our Summer Schools’ Newsletter is now available to download from our Schools’ pages.

Teas in the Garden

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Now that Spring really is here it’s time for our Teas in the Garden to start again!

summer garden

We serve Cakes & Scones, Tea & Coffee as well as squash for those who don’t like hot drinks so pop in for a mid-morning snack, a lovely lunchtime treat or for afternoon tea.


Date: Last Saturday of the month (starting on Saturday 27th April

Time: 11:00am- 4:00pm

Place: The Knot Garden (or the Andrews Room if wet!)

HETFM2315.1-2Weather permitting we will also be running Teas in the Garden during many of our special events over the summer (including carnival and our next booksale) so make sure you watch the website and our newsletter (next edition coming soon!) for details.

Arts Council England and the World of Wallace

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant of £59,000 from their Renaissance Strategic support fund towards our exciting World of Wallace project celebrating the centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace later this year! You can read their official announcement (and find out about the other recipients) on their website

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We are absolutely delighted that Arts Council England have approved our application. The World of Wallace project will enable us to conserve and make accessible objects from our natural history collection and allow new audiences to engage with the legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace through objects, information and hands on interactives. Accredited museums with very limited resources will be able to share this high quality touring exhibition and resources for schools with their visitors and this funding ensures that all financial and logistical barriers removed. Thanks to the Arts Council, we will be able to share Wallace’s enormous contribution to Science and Geography with the rest of the country. (Sara Taylor- Curator)

Make sure you’re following us on twitter and facebook because we’ll be sharing more details of what’s to come over the next few months!

Another piece of good news we had this week was that our fantastic Front of House staff have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Service at the Museums and Heritage Awards! It’s going to cost £336 to send Julie & Holly to the awards which unfortunately we don’t have so we’re trying to raise the money in donations- if you can help PLEASE let us know!

Don’t forget our new exhibition Bengeo Stories is now open and, for the first time this year, there will also be cream teas, drinks and cakes served in the Andrews Room this Saturday 30th March from 11am – 4pm so we hope to see you soon.