Posts Tagged ‘Collections’

Object of the Week – Crocheted Christmas Decoration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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The museum Christmas tree has been decorated by a set of these beautiful crocheted ladies for as long as anyone here can remember! This year, inspired by these ladies, we asked our Knit & Natter group to create more decorations for us and they’ve done a great job! We have knitted decorations, crocheted baubles, a beautiful handmade sequin covered bauble and our staff have been making a host of pom poms to add to the fun!

We’re still adding to the tree but if you come to our evening of Christmas Magic on Friday 27th November you’ll be able to see the completed tree! We’re going to be open from 4 – 8pm with FREE Christmas crafts, carol singing from St Andrews Church Choir and a visit from Father Christmas himself!

You can download a copy of our timetable for the evening by clicking on the picture below. Everything is free except the visit to Father Christmas’ Grotto which is £2.50 per child.

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Object of the Week- St Leonards, Bengeo by E.A. Brown

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This beautiful oil painting of St Leonard’s Church in Bengeo is the most recent addition to our collections. It was given to us following the death of its owner Joan Norris and joins several other paintings in our collection by local artist E.A. Brown.

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The church of St Leonards dates from about 1120 and is built using local stone and flint with a tiled roof and contains the remains of medieval wall paintings which were rediscovered during restoration work in 1938. If you have a chance make sure to visit one of the oldest buildings in Hertford!

This week’s events

This Saturday’s Gallery Sounds performer is local singer & guitarist James Nighthawk. 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.

Calling all model makers! We are looking for individuals or groups to be part of our World in Miniature event this December! If you think you can help us then contact us on 01992 582686 to find out more.

We’re two weeks into our Summer Holiday Activities and so far we’ve made musical instruments and dinosaurs! Next week you can have a go at making an axe head and/or a brooch! Full details on our website or download our flyer.

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: 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: Green Glaze Flask (140AD)

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

This week’s Object of the Week comes to you a day late because we’ve been looking forward to the arrival of this beautiful, and incredibly rare, flask which was found in Puckeridge.

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This green glazed flask with barbotine ring decoration dates from around AD 140 and was part of a casket burial group from Skeleton Green, Puckeridge. Casket burials, where the cremated remains are buried in a wooden casket, often with elaborate bronze fittings rather than a simple pottery urn, were usually reserved for higher status individuals. The quality of the grave goods buried with the casket which also included glassware, ceramic dishes and a terracotta oil lamp back up this theory.

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Materials behave differently in the ground, with most organic materials rotting away unless extreme environmental conditions preserve them. None of the wood from the casket remains, however, archaeologists can gauge the size and shape by noticeable changes to the soil in which it was buried and from the metal fittings used. Ceramic objects like this beautiful flask survive well unless they come into contact with destructive forces such as animals, tree roots and ploughs. This burial was one of six casket burials from the site and it is likely that all six were members of the same high status family group living in Roman Braughing.

This week’s events

As this is the first week in June that means this Saturday is a Stay and Play Saturday! Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?

Come and Discover Hertford Museum at an illustrated talk from our Assistant Curator Sarah next Wednesday 10th June at 7.30pm (talk at 8pm). You will discover the amazing diversity of our collections, our fascinating history and how we care for and share your local heritage. Your ticket includes a glass a wine or soft drink and the opportunity to look around the museum after hours. £7.50 per person BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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.

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.

Object of the Week- Decorative Fork

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

One of the biggest projects that we are working on at the moment (and will be for a long time!) is making sure that we have a photograph or scan of every object in our collection. We have over 100,000 objects and we’re around a third of the way there at the moment but we have a whole team of volunteers working on photographing, scanning and recording these images and sometimes they find wonderful details in the most unassuming boxes!

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One of our volunteers, Mark, has been working his way through a collection of tableware (knives, forks and spoons) and this wonderful fork with a man carved into the handle was in the box. Unfortunately we don’t have any information exactly where it came from but at least now we know it’s there and the picture is attached to the object record for anyone searching in the future!

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term next week and our activities are all inspired by Terrific Traditions. Activities run from Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) and cost just £1.50 per child so drop in to make a maypole, flower garland and more!

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

If you want to know what we’ve been up to over the past year our Annual Report 2014-2015 is available to download from our website.

Object of the Week: Playing Cards (matching game)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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These wonderful playing cards are from a game of matching pairs. We have several packs of playing cards from all kinds of games recorded in our collections database and these fantastic pictures have just been rediscovered as our volunteers work through our objects photographing them and making sure all our records have images attached.

This week’s events

If you want to see some of the THOUSANDS of objects our collections volunteers are working on at the moment come to our Stores Open Day on Saturday 9th May. Make sure you put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!

We’re in the middle of changing exhibitions at the moment- High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone opens on the 2nd May but there’s still plenty to see in the museum whilst we’re working!

Teachers don’t forget out new Learning Officer Jo Marychurch has now started so get in touch with her to book any visits or for any other help/ideas! All of our current workshops and loans boxes are on our website so take a look and get booking!

Object of the Week: Egyptian Scarab Amulet

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

This Egyptian Scarab amulet is around 4000 years old and was made to be worn as a necklace of brooch across someone’s chest.

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In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day, transforming bodies and souls. Beetles of of the Scarabaeidae family (dung beetle) roll dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs that are later transformed into larvae. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration.

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Some of our visitors have been making their own Scarab amulets this week as well as adding to our wonderful Egyptian mural! There’s one more day of activities so if you haven’t visited us so far this Easter don’t miss out!

This week’s events

Inspired by Bickerton closes on Saturday so if you haven’t been in to see the competition entries or Bickerton’s own photographs this is your last chance!

We have a Stores Open Day coming up on Saturday 9th May. If you want a chance to see behind the scenes at the museum then put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!

Teachers don’t forget out new Learning Officer Jo Marychurch has now started so get in touch with her to book any visits or for any other help/ideas! All of our current workshops and loans boxes are on our website so take a look and get booking!

Object of the Week: Lost Buildings of Hertford

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

We have a new booklet available in the shop, Lost Buildings of Hertford ~ Part 1. This book is full of images from our collections of buildings no longer standing in Hertford and it has been put together by our Museum Support Assistant Holly Rapley with assistance from Jean Purkiss.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

There’s a complete range of buildings shown from the old Cowbridge station to the streets that were demolished to build Bircherley Green. The booklet costs just £3.50 and all proceeds from this booklet will go towards our Picture This! project which will allow 24 hour online public access to our collection of over 12,000 images.

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This week’s events:

We’ve just finished putting up all your amazing entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition so drop into the museum to see them all (and especially our two winners). They will be on display as part of our Mr Bickerton and his Birds display from 2nd – 18th April so don’t miss out!

Although the museum will be closed on Friday for the Bank Holiday we will be open on Saturday as it’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend! Drop in to enjoy a simple craft, toys, books and games all for FREE in the Andrews Room.

Our Extraordinary Egyptians activities start next Tuesday! Drop in over the Easter holidays to take part in crafty activities inspired by our collections. Make a mummy mask, clay amulets and more! Different activities will run each week (Tuesday-Thursday) and activities cost just £1.50 per child, last entry 3pm.