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Hertford Sounds

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

As part of our Beautiful Noise exhibition we asked all our visitors what the last song (or piece of music!) they had listened too. Now that our new exhibition is up and running we’ve had time to look at all your responses!

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The most popular artist was Taylor Swift with Meghan Trainor in second place. We also had multiple entries for John Shuttleworth, Katie Perry, The Beatles and songs from Disney’s Aladdin.

A lot of our visitors are families so we had songs from Peppa Pig and Maisie Mouse but there’s a real mix of styles on the list from local artists like History of Guns and The McTells to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue!

You can take a look at the complete list as a pdf here.

This week’s events

Our First World War exhibition From Bull Plain to the Battlefields is now open. Come and lear about the Hertfordshire Regiment’s battles and what life was like on the Home Front in Hertford between 1914 – 1918.

Thursday 8th October is our next Knit & Natter meeting. Bring your knitting or crochet project and drop in from 10.30am for tea and friendly company!

Hertford Country Market will NOT be at the museum this Friday but don’t worry- if you want to pick up your usual goodies they will be outside Waitrose on SATURDAY.

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

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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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.

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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!

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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: Saxon Disc Brooch (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Although our Watton at Stone exhibition closes this weekend this beautiful 7th century Saxon disc brooch is on permanent display in our Timeline case (upstairs and turn left!).

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It was found by a metal detectorist prior to the construction of the Watton bypass, as Tony Rook remembers:

I said to him, where was it he found it and he said “Oh it was over there somewhere”, waving in the direction of the farm, so we’ve no idea where he actually found it and I said, “Well why didn’t you mark it?” And he said, “Well I didn’t think you were interested, I thought you were only interested in coins!” So that’s a bit frustrating there.

This week’s events

High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone his weekend so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

Check out our What’s On page or our updated newsletter for details of LOTS of special events coming up in the next few months from evening talks to family activities and including LOTS of music! There are still more details to come too so keep following us on social media and sign up to our mailing list for latest infomation!

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 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Object of the week: Model Railway set

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Model Railway sets have always been popular toys and this beautiful tin signal box is part of a large collection of track, trains and scenery which was played with, and then given to the museum by, the great grandchildren of R.T. Andrews, one of Hertford Museum’s founders.

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Although this set isn’t on display at the moment you can come and see lots of model railway displays in the museum this weekend at our Model Railway Day. The sets will be on display in the Andrews Room this Saturday 20th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm and visiting them is complete free!

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This week’s events

There are just 10 days till our Watton at Stone exhibition closes so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

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 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

If you’re looking for some musical entertainment this weekend why not buy a ticket for Hertford Choral Society‘s summer concert. The Choral Society are one of our exhibition sponsors this summer and a small group of them will be performing for our first Gallery Sounds afternoon in the 11th July!

Object of the Week: Butterfly collage tea tray

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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This souvenir tea tray from Rio de Janeiro is decorated with a collage of butterfly wings- if you look closely not only are the four butterflies at the corners real but the blue sky and the circular frame are also made up of butterfly wings as well.

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Collages can be made using all kinds of materials (although we wouldn’t recommend using butterfly wings today!) and many influential artists have experimented with collage including Matisse, Picasso and David Hockney. On Wednesday 17th June the second in our series of Arts & Craft for Adults workshops will be learning about collage and you will have a chance to make your own. No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

This week’s events

Our monthly Knit & Natter group will be meeting in the Andrews Room tomorrow (Thursday 11th June). Drop in from 10.30-12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat (or help with your knitting if you’re just beginning!) for just £1.

Make sure you’ve seen our Hidden Hertford Walks programme on our website. There are two coming up in July including Les Middlewood’s popular How Hertford’s Pub Scene Was Shaped walk so make sure you book your spot!

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 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Object of the Week: Victorian Music Greetings Card

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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We’ve been working on our next exhibition, Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage, today and amongst the records of musical instruments and posters and sheet music we also found this lovely Victorian greetings card. If you can’t read the caption it says “Music selected for our next meeting” and the songs shown include Somebody’s Waiting For Somebody, The Way to be Happy and Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again.

We’re talking to a lot of local music groups at the moment but if you’re musical and live in (or around) Hertford and think we should be talking to you then get in touch! We’re also going to have opportunities for local musicians and bands to play short sets in the museum every Saturday so if you’re interested in taking part in that contact us and ask about Gallery Sounds

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term and there’s just one day left to enjoy our Terrific Traditions activities! Drop in tomorrow from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) to make a maypole, flower garland and more for just £1.50 per child!

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Our latest Hidden Hertford Walks programme is now out so take a look on our website and make sure you book your place!

You can also now book a place on our next Arts & Crafts for Adults workshops- on Wednesday 17th June we’re holding Collage workshops No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.