Posts Tagged ‘Big Draw’

Half Term Fun!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It’s been a very busy Half Term at Hertford Museum so far and that’s just the way we like it! If you haven’t visited us yet that there’s still plenty coming up.

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Tomorrow (Thursday) we’ve got a Spooky Spiders craft activity in the Andrews Room (10.30am- 3.30pm and £1.50 per child as usual!), on Friday it’s the Country Market and then on Saturday it’s a Stay & Play day.

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But looking back at what’s happened already it’s been quite a week! On Friday evening it was the preview for World of Wallace. It was a great evening and the exhibition was opened by Errol Fuller who is one of the speakers for our World of Wallace talks in January. If you want to come to Hertford Museum previews then you need to sign up as a Friend or Patron of the museum (see our website for details).

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Then on Saturday the museum became a zoo for the day with Spirit of the Wild. There were spiders and a crocodile and lizards and all kinds of animals and over 400 of you came to see them!

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Then On Tuesday and Wednesday we’ve been taking part in the Big Draw– children have been coming and sketching some of the objects here at the museum before taking them to Courtyard Arts to turn them into beautiful paintings.

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All of the work produced for the Big Draw will be on display at Hertford Theatre on Friday 1st November from 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Countdown to World of Wallace

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Our World of Wallace exhibition opens in just 10 days time so we’re all very busy at the moment making sure that everything is ready in time! For this week’s blog we thought we’d give you an idea of all of the different things that need to come together when we put on an exhibition.

Firstly after months of research we’ve written all of the text panels and our wonderful designer, Nigel at M Star Graphics, has put the text and images together and now we’re just waiting for the finished panels from the printer.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen.

We’re using a lot of natural history objects from our collection for this exhibition and so we’ve had teams of volunteers cleaning some of them whilst the more fragile specimens have gone away to be looked after by professional conservators and the final few objects are being returned this week.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

It’s not just our own objects in this exhibition though, we’re receiving loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Natural History Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science, the Royal Entomological Society and the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology! All of these loans have to be collected, brought back to the museum and carefully checked to make sure we know what condition they are in.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

In the exhibition there will also be some fantastic interactive elements for our younger visitors and these have had to be designed, artwork drawn for them, instructions written and they should be arriving at the museum any day now.

Some pieces from our "Design your own Bird of Paradise" interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Some pieces from our “Design your own Bird of Paradise” interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Then alongside all of that we have to plan for our preview (if you want to come to a museum preview you need to join the Friends or Patrons!), organise all of the events running alongside the exhibition (like Spirit of the Wild on Saturday 26th October and our Half Term Big Draw activities!), there’s special Wallace themed merchandise to design and order (we can be a one stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year!) and after all of that we’re also launching two new Schools’ Workshops which will be available during and after the exhibition.

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we're using on our World of Wallace mugs!

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we’re using on our World of Wallace mugs!

If you like hearing about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum make sure you’ve check out our World of Wallace videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss any future videos!

Half Term & a Family Friendly Museum Award

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Half Term is always busy at Hertford Museum and this week we’ve had hundreds of children through the doors for our day of Chinese New Year activities on Saturday and our Half Term drop in craft sessions yesterday, today and we’re hoping we’ll be just as busy on Thursday!

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Chinese musician Jun Shu showing a young visitor how to play her guqin

Throughout the year we always try to have lots of different activities available for children of all ages from craft and colouring to music, food tasting and dressing up as well as our museum and town trails. An it’s not just during the holidays, Toddler Tuesdays take place regularly throughout the year and we have Stay and Play Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month. Plus our regular interactives, trails and quizzes are available whenever we’re open!

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

Middleton School pupils try on some of our historical costumes.

To celebrate the work that museums do with children and families the Telegraph has launched The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award and, if you have ever brought your children or grandchildren (or someone else’s children!) to the museum, we would like you to consider nominating us. The website explains how you can do that but what they really want is an email or letter telling them exactly why you love Hertford Museum!

Just in case you’ve forgotten what activities we have for families here are some pictures from the last 12 months!

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term


Some of the 2011 Big Draw competition entries.

Some Big Draw competition entries.

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Samurai masks made as part of our summer 2012 activities

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Making sand dinosaur bones in the garden!

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Concentrating hard on making a Monkey Pencil Pot during a Toddler Tuesday session.

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Taking part in the Museum's RNLI Town Trail last year.

Taking part in the Museum’s RNLI Town Trail last year.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Enjoying a Model Railway Day at the museum.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Making Art Deco tile designs with clay.

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

Chinese themed craft in the museum this Half Term

The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award

Email: award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk

Post: Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, Can Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH

Deadline for nominations 10 May 2013.

Big Draw winners

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Here at the museum we’re in the middle of putting up our latest exhibition, A History of Christmas: Past, Present & Future. We’ll tell you more about that next week when it’s open but while we’re all busily working we thought you might like to see some of the winning entries from the Hertford Big Draw.

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Peter Ruffles kindly agreed to judge all of your wonderful entries ahead of a special exhibition in the River Room at Hertford Theatre. He chose seven runners up and two winners and the winners were announced at a preview for all the participants.

Runners up

Oliver Hawarth, Freya Chandler, Rebecca, Daisy Cobb, Ellie Dines, Jessica Sanderson and Amelia.

Winners

Giselle Garrott (8 and over category)

Lewis Evans (under 8s)

Here are three of the pictures:

Pcitures by Freya Chandler (top left), Giselle Garrott (top right) and Jessica Sanderson

Autumn Leaves, an Art Exhibition and Stay & Play Saturdays

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I hope everyone’s having a great Half Term- it’s been really busy here at the museum with our Big Draw event and I’ve seen some beautiful drawings and sketches of our objects.

Tomorrow it’s the turn of our Celebration of Autumn activities. You can drop in and make montage of autumn leaves or a beautiful fireworks picture ready for Bonfire Night! Activities run from 10.30am- 3.30pm and are £1.50 per child.

Then on Friday it’s time for the Big Draw Exhibition!

All the beautiful drawings and paintings our visitors have done at the museum and at Courtyard Arts will be displayed in the River Room at the Hertford Theatre. Come along from 2.30- 4.00pm to see all the art works, have some refreshments and discover who the winners of Hertford’s Big Draw 2012 are!

And it doesn’t stop there! This Saturday is one of our Stay and Play Saturdays so there will be toys & games out in the Andrews Room along with a simple seasonal activity.

Plus this weekend is your last chance to see the Buttonhooks Exhibition so if you haven’t visited it already make sure you do.

Half Term activities- Hertford’s Big Draw

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This half term Hertford Museum, Courtyard Arts Centre and Hertford Theatre have teamed up again to celebrate The Big Draw with a week of FREE activities for families.

On Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October you can visit Hertford Museum to draw some specially selected curious objects from the museum’s collection. Then take your work to Courtyard Arts where you will create a painting inspired by your artwork. Full instructions and directions between venues will be available on the days of the event.

Some of the 2011 Big Draw competition entries.

There will be a chance to enter your painting at either venue into a competition to win a family ticket to see this year’s Christmas pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ at Hertford Theatre; the categories are under 8’s and over 8’s.

Last year’s prize winning entries (and runners up) on display at Hertford Theatre.

An exhibition of the paintings will be on display at Hertford Theatre from Friday 2nd November from 2.30 pm, where a private view and prize giving will be held with refreshments for all. The exhibition will also be open at the theatre on Saturday 3rd November between 10am and 6pm

As well as all the Big Draw excitement Hertford Museum is providing special Celebration of Autumn activities on Thursday 1st November 2012. Come along from 10.30am- 3.30pm and drop in to the Andrews Room to make a montage of autumn leaves or a beautiful fireworks picture ready for Bonfire Night! Activities are £1.50 per child.