Posts Tagged ‘Bengeo Stories’

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!)

The Easter Holidays at Hertford Museum in numbers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

For today’s blog we thought we’d share some numbers about the Easter Holidays at Hertford Museum!

Since the start of the Easter Holidays we’ve had 1854 visitors!


As it’s the holidays we’ve had family activities on and last week 166 children took part- don’t forget our activities are on tomorrow as well from 10.30- 3.30 if you haven’t been in yet!

12 wonderful volunteers have been running our family activities and another 13 volunteers working in other parts of the museum. Our volunteers help us with collections care, documentation, research and even maintenance sometimes. And speaking of maintenance we’ve had to change 10 lightbulbs since the holidays began!

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Online we’ve had 11 new followers on twitter and 1 new like on facebook. Make sure to add us if you haven’t already because that’s where you’ll find the most up-to-date information (particularly when the website goes down unexpectedly as it did this week!)

Hidden Hertford

On Sunday our Hidden Hertford Walks continue with the Rivers of Hartham walk and we’ve got 9 people booked already so make sure you call us soon if you want a spot!

And for a final few numbers we’ve sold 4 copies of the Bengeo Stories book this week (though the total number is over 100!) and our Bengeo exhibition is on for another 11 weeks so you’ve still got time to see the exhibition and pick up a copy of the book! Our next exhibition will be celebrating 180 years of County Hospital and the one after that will be celebrating 100 years of Hertford Museum at 18 Bull Plain!

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.

Bengeo Stories (sneak peek)

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our Model Railway Day last Saturday, we had over 400 visitors which was wonderful for a grey March day!

This week it’s all hands on deck to put up our newest exhibition- Bengeo Stories. Scattered through this entry are a few sneak peeks at some of the panels and objects as we put them up.


This exhibition is going to tell the story of Bengeo from its earliest days to its newest housing developments and it focuses on some of the amazing people who have lived in Bengeo over the years. There are lots of objects and pictures to see and some interesting oral history recordings to listen to as well.


If you’re a local history fan, a Bengeo resident or just want to know more we’re releasing a book (also called Bengeo Stories) to accompany the exhibition with even more details about local families, personalities and events.


The exhibition (and book) will be ready for viewing from this Saturday, 23rd March 2013 and it will run until the 29th June.


Model Railway Day (and the end of China in the East)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This is the last week of our China in the East exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, or want to come back for a closer look, then Saturday is your last chance!

And don’t forget if you know any knitters (or crocheters) that our Knit & Natter group has it’s March meeting tomorrow (Thursday) from 10:30-12:30 so do drop in!

This Saturday, 16th March, it’s Model Railway Day!


tren_train_black_white_line_art_christmas_xmas_electronics_toy-555px If you haven’t visited us for a Model Railway Day before then you’re in for a treat. Our Railway days are always popular with lots of layouts to see, trails to do and a model train you can try driving yourself! In May Reg Harman, one of the organisers of our Model Railway days, ill be giving a talk on New England Railroad Travel and we’ll have the date of that and more details available from Saturday!

Next week we’ll be putting up the Bengeo Stories exhibition so hopefully we’ll have a sneak peek for you. The book to accompany the exhibition is being printed today as well so make sure you’re friends with us on facebook and/or twitter for details of the books release!

Do you know these people?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thank you for all the comments we received on last week’s mystery photographs. We’ve managed to identify number 1 as St Mary’s Church in old Welwyn and we have a few leads on some of the others. If you have any more thoughts do let us know!

As you seemed to enjoy those we’ve got two more mystery pictures for you today only this time it’s the people in them we’re interested in! These two photographs were taken in the centre of Hertford, the corner of Bull Plain and Railway Street, in the 1970s and were donated to the museum last week but we’re wondering if anybody recognises any of the people in them?
1970s Hertford a
1970s Hertford b

This is a short blog today as it’s been very busy here at the museum this week! Learning Officer Eleanor was one of the speakers at the Opportunities at a Time of Change: Museums Engaging Children and Young People conference in Cambridge yesterday, Curator Sara is busy editing our new book on Bengeo and putting together the exhibition to go with it and I’ve been working on a new object for our permanent galleries (more about that when we’ve got it in place!)

Don’t forget to nominate us for the 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award if you think we’re doing a good job.

An ordinary day at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We like to keep busy at Hertford Museum and today has been particularly full!

This morning our Curator, Sara, was out buying bookshelves for our new library at our Stores. We’ve cleaned out the room that is going to become the library and carpeted it but now we need shelves to house all the books! If you come along to our Open Stores Day on Saturday 14th July you’ll be able to see how far along our plans are!

Our old Library- you can see why it needed more space and more shelves!

While she was doing that Assistant Curator Sarah was at a meeting of the Hertfordshire Museums Group where we share ideas and news with other local museums. This meeting also involved lots of presentations on projects funded by the Hertfordshire Museums Partnership Small Grant Scheme- our project was updating Modes, the computer programme we use to document our collections, and training our volunteers to use it.

St Catherines School, Hoddesdon, playing with the toys in one of our loans boxes

Our Learning Officer Eleanor has been talking to schools today about our loans boxes- these are themed boxes of objects that schools can borrow to use in their classrooms. We have several on themes including Beside the Seaside, Toys of the Past & Egyptians and we are now involved in a project to research how schools make use of them.

And everyone else has been busy too. Connie our Finance Officer has been updating our accounts whilst our Museum Support Assistants, Julie & Holly, have been looking after the shop and the front desk and answering enquiries (you can read about the kinds of things we get asked in this post from February) and in the garden Alison is clipping the box hedges that make up our knot garden- it’s looking beautiful and green at the moment after all that rain!

The museum knot garden two years ago, visit us to see how much it's grown!

And after all of that this afternoon we’ve been discussing an exhibition we’ll be holding next year on Bengeo! We’ll talk more about the exhibition much nearer the time but we’ve got lots of ideas already.