Posts Tagged ‘Easter Holiday activities’

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!

Person of the Week (!): Joanne Marychurch

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This week we’re doing something slightly different and introducing our person of the week!

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Hello!
My name is Jo Marychurch, and I’m the new Learning Officer at Hertford Museum. I used to work for Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey, in their museum service. I’m very excited to be working at Hertford Museum, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Jo started today so she’s still finding her feet- make sure to say hello if you see her in the activities during the holidays. Any teachers who would like to get in touch with Jo please call 01992 582686 or email learning.hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

This week’s events

We’re halfway through our Extraordinary Egyptians activities! You can still drop in 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.

Our Inspired by Bickerton competition entries are now on display in our temporary gallery so come and take a look at the wonderful display!

Don’t forget our new booklet, 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.

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.

Family Activity volunteers needed!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

It’s been another busy week here at the museum and we’ve seen some incredibly creative pieces of junk modelling being made in the Andrews Room- trucks and trains and racing cars and all kinds of vehicles! Plus we’ve been making badges (and there have been some very sparkly looking badges looking beautiful in the sunshine!)

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Our holiday activities are very popular and we try to keep them as low cost as possible because we know holidays can be expensive times but to make sure we can keep running them we rely on our incredible team of family activity volunteers who take turns to look after our visitors (and sometimes make their own models and pictures too!)

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At the moment our team of volunteers is a little smaller than we’d like so we’re looking for new volunteers who think they’d like to come and lend a hand. Volunteering slots are generally only 1.5-2 hours at a time and you can sign up for as many (or as few!) as you feel able to do.

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering with us then now is the perfect time to get in touch! Email Eleanor at hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com or call on 01992 582686 for a chat!

Sketches and Photographs

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

One type of enquiry we receive on a daily basis is from people looking for a photograph or sketch or painting of a place they know- sometimes it’s their house or street and sometimes it’s a well known site in their town or village- and the first place we always direct them is to our Kiosk where it’s possible to browse through hundreds (if not thousands!) of images from our photograph collection and then buy a copy.

View near Braughing, Hertford shire- James Wilcox

View near Braughing, Hertford shire- James Wilcox

But it isn’t only photographs that people are interested in and this month one of our fabulous volunteers has started to scan sketches and paintings in our collection by local arts James Wilcox. Wilcox drew many local churches and houses (and stations!) i the nineteenth century and when they’ve all been scanned and carefully checked they will also be available to browse through and purchase!

Sketch of Stortford Railway Station in the early 1840s- James Wilcox

Sketch of Stortford Railway Station in the early 1840s- James Wilcox

Of course this week there’s art of another kind being made at the museum- our family activities over Easter are all transport themed and you’ve got one more day to visit the museum and make a boat collage or a picture of a penny farthing with a moving wheel! Next week we’ll have new activities for you to try!

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The Easter Holidays at Hertford Museum in numbers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

For today’s blog we thought we’d share some numbers about the Easter Holidays at Hertford Museum!

Since the start of the Easter Holidays we’ve had 1854 visitors!

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As it’s the holidays we’ve had family activities on and last week 166 children took part- don’t forget our activities are on tomorrow as well from 10.30- 3.30 if you haven’t been in yet!

12 wonderful volunteers have been running our family activities and another 13 volunteers working in other parts of the museum. Our volunteers help us with collections care, documentation, research and even maintenance sometimes. And speaking of maintenance we’ve had to change 10 lightbulbs since the holidays began!

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Online we’ve had 11 new followers on twitter and 1 new like on facebook. Make sure to add us if you haven’t already because that’s where you’ll find the most up-to-date information (particularly when the website goes down unexpectedly as it did this week!)

Hidden Hertford

On Sunday our Hidden Hertford Walks continue with the Rivers of Hartham walk and we’ve got 9 people booked already so make sure you call us soon if you want a spot!

And for a final few numbers we’ve sold 4 copies of the Bengeo Stories book this week (though the total number is over 100!) and our Bengeo exhibition is on for another 11 weeks so you’ve still got time to see the exhibition and pick up a copy of the book! Our next exhibition will be celebrating 180 years of County Hospital and the one after that will be celebrating 100 years of Hertford Museum at 18 Bull Plain!

Spring is Sprung- Easter Holiday activities

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Whether it feels like Spring outside or not it’s definitely Spring INSIDE Hertford Museum!

Detail from a study of Sheep by local artist E.A. Brown

Detail from a study of Sheep by local artist E.A. Brown

This week and next week our Easter Holiday activities should help you feel spring-like with flower collages, 3D daffodils and next week you can make your own spring lambs!

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinium) from an album of pressed alpine flowers in the Museum's collection.

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinium) from an album of pressed alpine flowers in the Museum’s collection.

Here are the all important details:

Spring has Sprung! activities

Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th April
Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th April

10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm)

Celebrate springtime and all the traditions the season brings with two weeks of crafty family activities at Hertford Museum.

Drop in family activities. Different activities will run each week.
£1.50 per child

Underwater adventures!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

We hope you’re all enjoying the Easter Holidays so far? Here at the museum we’ve been overrun with underwater creatures! There are octupuses and starfish in the Andrews Room and an ichthyosaur (an underwater dinosaur) in our window!

We’ve got sea and water based activities on this week and next on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10:30am- 3:30pm. It’s only £1.50 per child and you can make all sorts of exciting things.

To add to the Easter excitement this Saturday sees the return of Afternoon Tea at the Museum. Tea & cake are served from 11am- 4pm every Saturday and this year we’re going to have fresh coffee as well! If it’s sunny you can enjoy a cup of tea in our lovely garden and if it’s raining (or snowing!) there’s plenty of space inside.

And as if that wasn’t enough our Museum & RNLI Trail also started at the weekend so the sea and coastline are popping up all over Hertford! We’ve already had some answer sheets back so make sure you come in and buy yours (£1 for a family trail or an adult one). So far we’ve mostly had answers back from the children so it’s time for the grown ups to catch up!

Hertford Museum & RNLI Town Trail

Friday, February 3rd, 2012


This Easter we are teaming up with the RNLI to create our town trail- following on from the successes of our Scarecrow and Doctor Who trails.

The trail has an RNLI theme and any money raised will be split between the RNLI and the museum.

RNLI Lifeboat stations in the UK

Shops are being asked to put up a small display based on one of the towns attached to a lifeboat station and then we will be creating two trails, one for adults and one for children, which will take you round all of the window displays and ask some questions!

Today some (very well wrapped up!) museum staff and RNLI volunteers delivered letters to many town centre businesses and we’ve already had 7 towns snapped up so if you own a town centre shop or business and want to get involved then call us ASAP!

We’ll let you know more about the trails (and some exciting prizes) as well as our other Easter Holiday activities nearer the time!