Posts Tagged ‘Country Market’

Hertford Sounds

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

As part of our Beautiful Noise exhibition we asked all our visitors what the last song (or piece of music!) they had listened too. Now that our new exhibition is up and running we’ve had time to look at all your responses!


The most popular artist was Taylor Swift with Meghan Trainor in second place. We also had multiple entries for John Shuttleworth, Katie Perry, The Beatles and songs from Disney’s Aladdin.

A lot of our visitors are families so we had songs from Peppa Pig and Maisie Mouse but there’s a real mix of styles on the list from local artists like History of Guns and The McTells to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue!

You can take a look at the complete list as a pdf here.

This week’s events

Our First World War exhibition From Bull Plain to the Battlefields is now open. Come and lear about the Hertfordshire Regiment’s battles and what life was like on the Home Front in Hertford between 1914 – 1918.

Thursday 8th October is our next Knit & Natter meeting. Bring your knitting or crochet project and drop in from 10.30am for tea and friendly company!

Hertford Country Market will NOT be at the museum this Friday but don’t worry- if you want to pick up your usual goodies they will be outside Waitrose on SATURDAY.

Object of the week: Slipware

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Sometimes when we look at objects in a museum collection we can be seeing them from quite far away- through a glass case or behind a barrier- but if you get a chance to look at objects up close sometimes you can find wonderful patterns.

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This beautiful Slipware Platter was found during excavations behind the old Castle Cinema on The Wash. It dates from the seventeenth or eighteenth century and if you’ve seen one of our posters for the Arts & Craft workshop we’re running next week you’ll recognise it’s beautiful pattern!


It’s one of several patterns from our collections which those on the workshop will be using to inspire prints of their own design! There are still spaces left if you want to take part.

This week’s events:

Check out the details on the poster above and book your space on our Arts & Craft taster sessions as soon as possible! We’re hoping to run some more of these in the summer and if you’re at the first one you’ll have a chance to tell us which other sessions you’d like us to run!

We’re starting to receive some wonderful entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition and we’re looking forward to seeing YOURS! All you need to do is take a picture of a wild animal that lives in Hertfordshire! The competition is open to all ages and we’ll be holding an exhibition of all the entries. For full details see our website or pick up a leaflet at the museum.

Don’t forget Hertford Country Market takes over our Andrews Room every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.00.Pop in and take a look at their buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

Object of the week: Hertford Post Office

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Here at the museum we’ve been saddened at the news that Hertford Post Office is being forced to close and so we thought we’d share two photographs of the Post Office in its earliest days with you.

Laying the foundation stone of the Post Office, Fore Street, Hertford, in 1889.

Laying the foundation stone of the Post Office, Fore Street, Hertford, in 1889.

Post office staff outside the Hertford Post Office, Fore Street, 1900

Post office staff outside the Hertford Post Office, Fore Street, 1900

The Hertfordshire Mercury are running a petition to save the Post Office- visit their website for further information and the latest news on exactly when the doors of the Post Office will shut!

This week’s events:

  • Mr Bickerton and his Birds, our new photography exhibition, opens it’s doors this Saturday, 31st January 2015.
  • The Hertford Country Market will be back at the Museum this Friday morning after its winter break.
  • Our public internet access will be back from the start of next week.

Christmas (& New Year) fun at the museum!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

It’s almost Christmas but there’s still plenty happening at the museum! This Friday is the last Country Market of 2014 so visit the museum to pick up some tasty treats as well as plenty of stocking filler gifts from our shop!


Then on Tuesday 23rd December we have a special day of Handmade Christmas crafts. Drop in between 10.30 – 3.30 for a chance to make some sparkly crafts including a very special decoration! It’s just £1.50 per child and a great way to break up your Christmas shopping!


We will be open on Christmas Eve until 2pm and then closed for the holidays! We reopen on the 2nd January with two days of Stay & Play for free!

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Of course it doesn’t stop there, we have all sorts of exciting things planned for 2015 including an exhibition of photography by celebrated ornithologist William Bickerton, a chance for you to have your own nature photographs or artwork displayed in the museum, an exhibition all about Watton-at-Stone (so if you leave in the village we’ll be looking for photographs and objects soon) as well as exhibitions looking at all kinds of music in Hertford and, at the end of 2015, Hertford at War looking at some very special local stories and anniversaries as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.


Escape the weather at Hertford Museum this Half Term!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We hope you’re all staying safe and dry in this horrible weather- to make sure you’re not going completely crazy whilst stuck in doors there’s LOTS to do at the museum over the next couple of weeks. Today our Learning Officer Eleanor has been working with several other local museums on how we can support schools with the new National Curriculum meanwhile staff from Tring Natural History Museum have been visiting us (and helping us identify some mystery birds in our collections!)

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Tomorrow is a Knit & Natter Thursday where anyone can drop in with their knitting (or crocheting!) and joing our friendly group of a cup of tea and a chat. Then on Friday it’s the Hertford Country Market where you can pick up lots of goodies to cheer yourself up.


Then on Saturday, as a special Half Term treat (and back by popular demand!) we’re having another Spirit of the Wild day as part of our World of Wallace exhibition! The day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm but there are free timed entry slots which will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis. Come and wonder at an array of amazing creatures from around the world with Spirit of the Wild, generously supported by Arts Council England.


Then for Half Term itself the museum is going to become home to Excellent Explorers! From Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th February there will be family craft activities inspired by intrepid explorers like Dora & Diego (as well as Alfred Russel Wallace himself!). Sessions run from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and cost £1.50 per child. Dor herself might be making an appearence during the week too so keep an eye out for her!


Regular events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Often in these blogs we talk about upcoming special events or new exhibitions but there are lots of events and activities that happen regularly at the museum so today we want to share some of them with you!


This Friday sees the return of the Hertford Country Market! The market fills our Andrews Room (and spills outside in the summer) every Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 and you can buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

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The on Saturday it’s the first Saturday of the month which makes it a Stay & Play Saturday. The Andrews Room will be open for families to enjoy our 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? Best of all this activity is entirely FREE!

Toddler Tuesday

Once a month we also hold a Toddler Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30 am where you and your toddler can take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! The sessions are only £1.50 per child including refreshments for all but you must book in advance!

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For grown ups we also hold a Knit & Natter on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum and you can share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.


Details of all of these regular events, along with our one-off events, can be found in our Newsletter or on our What’s On page or you can sign up for our eNewsletter which we send out about once a month!

A busy winter at the museum!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A fortnight without a blog- we’re very sorry but unfortunately things have been so busy here we forgot to update you!

In November over 4000 of you visited which is out busiest month ever (or at least within staff memory!) We had schools, U3A groups, shoppers (for our two regular markets as well as our own shop!), train enthusiasts, Alfred Russel Wallace enthusiasts and plenty of our regular visitors as well!


Things haven’t really slowed down in December either- our Christmas decorations are up and World of Wallace is still proving very popular plus we’ve had our regular Stay & Play and Toddler Tuesday sessions. Tomorrow it’s our final Knit & Natter of 2013 and you’ve got two more chances to visit the Country Market on Friday the 13th and 20th before they take a break until the end of January!


We’re also working hard on our exhibitions for next year which are going to include local artist Ronald Wright and an exhibition covering all the different ways we move (trains, ice skates, sedan chairs etc!).

Plus we’re going to be taking part in a special project for museums across Hertfordshire and Suffolk called Saving the Seventies– look out for more details early in the new year!


Finally we want to thank everyone who suppported our fundraising efforts for the Disaster Emergency Committee and their emergency aid in the Philippines- you all raised £305.23!

New Year, New Start (and a request!)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Now that 2013 is well underway it seems like a good moment to let you know about some new (and old) events that take place regularly at Hertford Museum.

Firstly tomorrow is the second meeting of our new Knit and Natter group!

It meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Come and Share patterns, tips and ideas over tea and coffee.

£1.00 (including refreshments)

Next our Toddler Tuesday events start again next week. They run on Tuesdays from 10.30 – 11.30 am for children aged 2 – 4 and cost £1.50 per child.

These are really popular sessions so you MUST book in advance. The next sessions are:

15th January – Clown Puppets
12th February – Valentine Crafts
19th March – Easter Bunnies
16th April – April Showers

Thirdly don’t forget our Walking Tours! All walks are led on Sundays, starting at 11.00 am and are FREE of charge (although donations to Hertford Museum are welcome).

Booking is essential and we’ll let you know the meeting place when you book. We’ve got three walks coming up this term:

24th March – Victorian Bengeo (led by Philip Sheail)
14th April – Rivers of Hartham (led by Edgar Lake)
12th May – Buildings of Hertford (led by Jean Riddell)

The popular Country Market will be back every Friday from the 18th January. Come and browse their homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce from 10.30am-12.30pm.

And new for 2013, we will also be hosting an Arts & Craft Market on the second Saturday of the month (the same day as the Hertford Farmers’ Market)! From 10.30am- 1.30pm you will be able to come and buy some beautiful jewellery and unusual gifts. The first Arts & Craft market will take place next month on Saturday 9th February.

Don’t forget all of these events and lots of other special holiday and Saturday events and activities are on our website so if you’re ever looking for something to do then check it out!

And finally a quick note from our curator Sara:

Have you received a warm welcome and outstanding customer service from our front of house team and volunteers? We would like to nominate them for the customer service award at the 2013 Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence. Please help by emailing with your comments and experiences. P.S. Sshh! It’s a secret!

The Andrews Room @ Hertford Museum

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum now has WiFi installed!

Our activity room is used by all kinds of people and groups and so, in honour of it’s new wireless connection, we thought we’d tell you about some of the things that happen in there each week!

  1. Toddler Tuesdays These themed crafty activity mornings are very popular with our youngest visitors. They play with toys, share a story and make something to take home as well as having a drink (with tea & coffee available for parents!)

  2. Adult Learning Our Garden History course, led by Kate Harwood, started yesterday but there are still places available on Margaret Davis’ course on The Renaissance in Florence which will start in May.
  3. Country Market Every Friday morning from 10:30-12:30 the room is taken over by a Country Market where you can buy plants, fruit & veg, jams, cakes and all kinds of other goodies! The first market of 2012 will be tomorrow (20th January)

  4. Schools We offer lots of different workshops for visiting schools including Blanket Archaeology, Tilly’s Toy Box and a session on Inventions (pictured here). The Andrews Room can also be used as a lunchroom by visiting groups.

  5. A space for your meetings The Andrews Room is open to bookings from external groups and in the last few months it’s been used for training days, formal meetings, social gatherings and as a Bridge Club! It’s a flexible space and we can provide a projector, computer and now WiFi as well as Tea & Coffee if requested.

And that’s only the start! It’s where most of our Children’s Activities take place, it’s used as an exhibition space and it’s also where our Afternoon Teas are served in the Spring & Summer!