Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Wallace Talk & Book Sale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

If you’ve somehow missed all of our posters & tweets & facebook posts & press releases about this evening’s World of Wallace event at Hertford Theatre then here are the details again:

What?‘The World of Wallace’- An evening of illustrated talks on Alfred Russel Wallace with Errol Fuller and Dr Sandra Knapp
Where? Hertford Theatre
When?Wednesday 15th January 2014, 7.30 pm
How much? £10. No concessions.Tickets available on the door.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

And that’s the last time we’ll plug it (I promise!) We’re just getting together some merchandise we’ll be selling this evening and waiting for our two speakers to arrive now and then it’s show time!


If you’re not coming along tonight then there’s still plenty happening at the museum! Our January Newsletter is available to download from our website or you can pick up a copy if you’re passing and there are events for everyone over the next few months from toddlers to those who remember the 1970s and from walkers to those who enjoy knitting and nattering!


This Saturday, 18th January we’re holding another Book Sale where you can pick up a book from our pre-loved selection and help support your museum at the same time! It runs from 10.00am – 4.00pm and when you’ve looked at all our secondhand books make sure you take a look around our shop as well because (as of today) we have a new edition of Alfred Russel Wallace: His Life and Work on offer for just £3!

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Upcoming Book Sale & a report from our Indonesian Evening

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Last Saturday we hosted a special late night opening with an Indonesian theme and it was great to see so many of you there!

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We had music from Gamelan musician Aris Daryono, Indonesian food and a chance to spend some time enjoying our World of Wallace exhibition- it was wonderful to see some of the adults attempting to design their own Bird of Paradise with our magnetic pieces!

You can watch a short video with some of the beautiful Gamelan music from the evening on our YouTube channel.


This Saturday 16th November we’re holding a Book Sale from 10.00am – 4.00pm with a large selection of secondhand books to choose from. All the money we raise will go towards future exhibitions and events so please do take this chance to get yourself a bargain and support the museum at the same time!


We’ve also organised two events to raise money for the relief efforts in the Philppines so check out our What’s On page for further details or sign up to our eNewsletter via our homepage to be the first with all the news!

Bargain Summer Reading

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I hope all our followers are surviving in this heat- we’re all taking regular breaks in the shady parts of the museum garden (and the occasional ice lolly!) The best thing to do in this weather is find a shady spot, a cool drink and a good book to read and we can help with the last part!


This Saturday, 20th July from 10.00am- 4.00pm we’re having another Second Hand Book Sale and there are going to be some amazing bargains for 50p!


We’re just going through the books now and there’s something for everyone- local history, gardening, cookery, romances, science fiction, historical novels, children’s books and we’ve already come across one first edition!


Come and find a book (or 2 or 3!) for yourself, take a look at our new exhibition and then go home and enjoy your purchase and the great feeling that comes from supporting your local museum at the same time!

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Book Sale- looking for donations!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

In January we held a Secondhand Book Sale in the Andrews Room and it was so popular we’ve decided to do it again (in fact we’re hoping to make them a regular thing two or three times a year!)


Our next Book Sale is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm and we hope to see lots of you there!

Do you have any secondhand books you can donate to the museum?


We’re looking for paperback fiction and any local history books particularly. If you think you can help us please bring your donated books to the museum by the 12th July (to allow us time to sort and price them all).

Any money we raise will help us with future exhibitions, activities and events so you can declutter your bookshelves AND help your local museum at the same time!

An English Celebration- Saturday 20th April

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who visited over the Easter Holidays- 344 children took part in our activities which is absolutely wonderful. Now of course it’s back to term time but there’s still plenty happening in the museum.


Last night our curator Sara Taylor gave a talk to the Friends of Hertford Museum about our current exhibition and it was standing room only! If you’re interested in joining the Friends or coming to some of their events then you’ll find full details on our website.

This Saturday Hertford is having an English Celebration in advance of St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday and the whole town will be full of activities and things to see.

Here at the museum there will be a Find the Flag trail in the galleries and at 2:15pm there will be a Robin Hood puppet show in our garden so don’t miss that!

And if none of that appeals to you then the Andrews Room has been hired on Saturday by local author Mary Rensten and she will be signing copies of her book A Handful of Straw about Jane Wenham who was put on trial as a witch in Hertford in March 1712 so pop in over lunchtime to pick up your copy.

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!

Christmas Shopping at Hertford Museum

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Christmas is approaching fast and if you need some ideas when out Christmas shopping then pop into Hertford Museum where we have a range of presents big and small!

Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Hertford Through Time



For all local history enthusiasts out there this new book by Peter Ruffles, Jean Purkiss & Stephen Poulter is a must. It’s full of pictures from throughout Hertford’s history.

  Haunted Hertfordshire

 For anyone interested in the spookier side of Hertfordshire’s history why not try Haunted Hertfordshire by Ruth Stratton and Nicholas Connell.



Peter Ruffles’ Hertford DVDs

Peter Ruffles’ two DVDs on Hertford history also make great presents for anyone interested in the town. 




National Trust Toiletries 

  The National Trust have brought out a range of toiletries inspired by some of their properties from the Wild Rose & Camomile scent of Sissinghurst Castle gardens to a Samphire & Driftwood scent inspired by the coast near the Holnicote Estate. You won’t be able to buy these anywhere else in Hertford!


Minerals & Fossils

We have a large range of minerals and fossils including large display pieces, smaller pieces for stocking fillers and, of course, we also stock Hertfordshire Puddingstone in lots of shapes and sizes!