Posts Tagged ‘Christmas exhibition’

Happy New Year (and other winter festivals!)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

On the ninth day of Christmas Hertford Museum reopened after a holiday break!

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Xavier Romero-Frias

As it’s still the season of Christmas (even though it might not feel very Christmas-y now it’s January!), our exhibition A History of Christmas: Past, Present and Future is still open for and will stay open until the 12th day of Christmas (5th January 2013).

On Thursday there will also be special Winter Festivals family activities- Decorate your own 2013 calendar, find out all about Epiphany as well as the other customs that have been celebrated throughout history at New Year.Come to the museum on Thursday 3rd January 2013 from 10.30am – 3.30pm and the activities are only £1.50 per child!

Our Assistant Curator Sarah Keeling will also be giving a talk on Twelfth Night Traditions on the 5th Januar at 3.00pm. If you’d like to buy a ticket check our What’s On page for more details.

PS. Don’t forget Stay and Play at Hertford Museum on Saturday 5th January FREE craft activities, toys to play with and books to read PLEASE NOTE that this session will run 10.30 am – 2.00 pm

Christmas Future

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

As part of our exhibition A History of Christmas: past, Present and Future we’ve been asking visitors to share their ideas of what Christmas might be like in the future.

Our wall of post-it notes is growing fast and there are some weird and wonderful suggestions from Santa getting too fat to deliver the presents (!) to Christmas parties on other planets as well as lots of wishes for peaceful and happy Christmases spent with family and friends.

Below are a selection of messages left by our visitors- make sure you add your own next time you visit the museum or why not let us know what you think Christmas in the year 2112 will be like on facebook or twitter?

Christmas Model Railway Day (and Christmas knitting)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


This is a knitted “paper” chain made by visitors to our first Hertford Museum Knit and Natter session! It’s on display in our Christmas gallery now so see if you can spot it next time you visit!

We were held this special knitting event to celebrate the arrival of the St Albans Cathedral Knitivity to the museum. This toddler sized nativity set was knitted entirely from wool by Ann Hudson and it will be in the museum from today until 8th December so make sure you visit in the next few days to see it (any children in nativity plays can take a picture with the woollen version of their character!)


On Saturday 8th December, while the Knitvity is still here, it’s time for our Christmas Model Railway Day! All your favourite train sets and displays will be at the museum and looking especially festive so visit us from 10:30am- 3.30pm to take part.

Entry is free (but we always welcome donations!)

Christmas comes to Hertford Museum

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

It might only be November but Christmas is approaching fast and with an exhibition and lots of Christmas activities coming up we’re already getting in a festive mood here at the museum!

Our Christmas exhibition A History of Christmas: Past, Present and Future opened on Saturday and there are already some great suggestions from our visitors of what Christmas might be like in the future (plus some interesting guesses at the scents in our Smelly Box) so make sure you pop in and learn where some of your favourite Christmas traditions come from!

The weather isn’t very Christmas-y right now but whether it’s rainbing, snowing or even clear & sunny this Friday is going to be a great evening in town as the Christmas light’s are switched on! As usual there will be lots happening at the museum so if you’re in town pop in for a glass of mulled wine or take part in some of our activities:
Hertford Christmas Light Switch On event
Friday 23rd November 5pm- 8pm

  • Get stuck in to our FREE (and sparkly) drop in kids activities!

  • Soak up the atmosphere of our fantastic new Christmas exhibition to the festive sounds of Hertford St Andrew Church Choir
  • Enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie (small charge may apply)
  • Relax with some storytelling by Hertford Library in our gallery
  • Meet Blanche the Shetland pony, star of stage and screen, and her pantomime friends Cinderella & the Fairy Godmother!

If you’re busy this weekend don’t worry! There’s plenty coming up at the museum before Christmas!

From 5th-8th December the museum has some very special visitors- the St Albans Cathedral Knitivity! These nativity figures were knitted by local knitter Ann Hudson and they’re perfectly toddler sized so come and see them in Hertford before they continue their travels around the diocese (St Albans Diocese covers the whole of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire so they might be popping up in all kinds of places)

While they’re at the museum we have two special activities. On Wednesday 5th December their creator Ann Hudson will be visiting for a special Knit & Natter session. Everyone’s welcome from seasoned knitters (bring your current project if you have one) to complete beginners and Ann will be on hand with help and advice. We’ll also have some of our toys and books out for any younger visitors who come as well.

Then on Saturday 8th December it’s time for our, always popular, Christmas Model Railway Day! Entry is FREE (though donations are welcome!) and there will be all your favourite festive railway layouts sprinkled with snow.