Posts Tagged ‘Events’

China in the East

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

When you come behind the scenes at a museum for the first time the huge number of objects in their collections can come as a shock. Most museums only have a small fraction of their full collections on display and so we’re always looking for ways to use or display objects that are normally hidden away.

China in the East is an exhibition that was designed to showcase the beautiful and fascinating Chinese collections of museums across the East of England. The project was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and it has brought together objects and knowledge from many different museums and used them to create a touring exhibition.

We are hosting this exhibition from today (16th January) until the 16th March so if you’re in Hertford pop in for a chance to see some beautiful objects and learn more about Chinese history and culture as well as listen to the stories of Chinese people who live in the East of England today.

As well as the exhibition itself we will also be celelbrating the Chinese New Year with a day of activities on Saturday 16th February 2013. You can come and celebrate Chinese New Year by taking part in food tasting, crafty activities and museum trails. At intervals during the day there will also be music from Miss Shu Jun who plays an instrument called guqin (a 7 stringed zither).

Then during Half Term our usual craft activities are all going to be around the theme of Chinese Customs so drop in on Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st February between 10.30 am – 3.30 pm(last entry 3.00 pm).

As always all our activities are listed on our website and we send out reminders and additional information on facebook and twitter!

Hertford Museum News – January 2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011

‘Up on the Heath’

An exhibition about Hertford Heath and its people, 22nd January – 19th March 2011

Every year Hertford Museum wiHertford Heath c1900-1910ll be producing a temprorary exhibition about one particular village in our collecting area. The first one of these will be about Hertford Heath. The exhibtion will trace the history of the village and its people through objects and listen to reminiscences on a brand new digital listening post funded by Hertford Oral History.

Hertford Heath School competition

In November and December Year 2 from Hertford Heath Primary school worked with our Learning Officer on a project all about their village. This included a bracing tour that led to some work that will be included in the exhibition itself. In addition, the entire Key Stage 2 class were invited to hertford-heath-24-11-10-008create a piece of artwork inspired by Hertford Heath for inclusion in the exhibition. We had some fantastic entries, with three deserving winners: 1st Oliver Canham – Year 5, 2nd Louise Reilly – Year 6, 3rd Emma Dyce – Year 5. These entries and best of the rest will be on display in the exhibition! Many thanks to Mrs Clements, Mrs Goodwin and Miss Moring for all their hard work, not to mention the children thenselves, well done all!

Tour of Hertford Heath

‘In the footsteps of Romans’ with Jean Bawcutt, Sunday 6th March 2011 at 11am. Booking essential, please book your place at the museum.  Start from Mission Room at Hertford Heath – FREE, please give a donation towards museum funds.fohm-logo

Friends of Hertford Museum talk

Florence Barclay of Hertford Heath  – Tuesday 15th March, 8pm at the museum, £2 non members.  All welcome.

To complement the museum’s Hertford Heath exhibition, Gill Cordingley will give a talk about the village’s famous authoress, Florence Barclay.

Friends of Hertford Museum – Quiz Night

At Sele Farm Community Centre, Saturday 5th March 7.30pm start, tickets cost £10 per person (includes light supper). Tickets available at the museum.

 Hidden Hertford Walks              logo

Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite for coffee and cake or lunch on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential, please contact the museum on 01992 582686 or to secure your place(s) and for further details. Many walks get fully booked within days of the dates being published, so don’t delay!

Ware Road – 30th January with Jean Riddell

Hidden Hertford – 27th February with Gill Cordingley

‘In the footsteps of Romans’ a tour of Hertford Heath – 6th March with Jean Bawcutt

The pubs and breweries of Hertford – 13th March with Les Middlewood

Lost Landmarks of Hertford – 2oth March with Edgar Lake

Central Hertford – 27th March with Philip Sheail

Old Cross and Cowbridge – 10th April with Jean Riddell

Rivers of Hartham – 17th April with Edgar Lake

Country Market at Hertford Museum

The Country Market has returned to Hertford Museum after their Christmas break, come and buy some home made cakes or home grown produce, every Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm in The Andrews Room.

‘Mud, Sweat and Beer’ Everday life in Tudor times, 2nd April – 3rd September 2011

tudor-picFind out how gruesome diseases were treated, discover toe curling punishments and work up and appetite for Tudor food. Would you survive a Tudor childhood? Bringing together a wide range of amazing Tudor artefacts, this exciting exhibition explores the everday life of Tudor people from the penniless to the previleged. Interactives for this exhibition have been kindly loaned by Epping Forest District Museum.

Tudor and Jacobean Gardens – A talk by Kate Harwood

Saturday 7th May, 2pm £4 per person (includes tea and biscuits), please book and pay in advance at Hertford Museum.

This talk will take place in our Andrews Room which looks out onto the museum’s very own Jacobean knot garden. Kate Harwood is a lecturer, researcher and wirter on Garden History. She leads the Conservation and planning group of Hertfordshire Gardens Trust Conservation Group.

Tudor’s for School!

An exciting programme of costumed and handling sessions to support a class visit to the museum for the duration of the exhibition. Please contact Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer 01992 582686, email for your free copy of the schools newsletter with all the details of how to book. In addition teacher’s previews of the Tudors exhibition (with tea and cake!) will be held on Tuesday 5th April and Thursday 5th May, 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Please contact Eleanor to book your FREE place.

Children’s Activities

hetfmc778-rFebruary Half Term – TREASURE!

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th February, 10.30am – 3.30pm. £1.50 per child to take part, drop-in.

Find out about treasure and make an ancient coin using clay and paint. Have a go at our tresure trail around the museum and make your very own tresure map!

 Model Railway Day! Saturday 26th February, 10.30am – 3.30pmclip_image002

Admission free (donations towards the museum’s fund gratefully received!)

Come and join us for a fun day of working model railway layouts on display in our Andrews Room.

TUDOR FUN! Tudor open day Saturday 9th April – 10.30am – 3.30pm FREE!

Come along and discover life in Tudor times with our exhibition and sample food, listen to music, and dress up like a Tudor in our Andrews Rooms! Fun activities for all the family! Just turn up and enjoy!

Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th April, drop in from 10.30am – 3.30pm, £1.50 per child.

Make a minature knot garden, have a go at illuminated letters or make a Tudor character.

Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April, drop in from 10.30am – 3.30pm, £1.50 per child

Make a smelly pomander, a heraldic shield and a Tudor ruff!

Toddler Tuesday’s! Tuesday afternoons, 1.30pm -2.30pm for children aged 2-4 years.

Take part in themed crafty activites, play with toys and share a story! £1 per child, please book in advance. ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

15th February – Dream Catchers

15th March – Stained Glass Windows

26th April – Creepy Crawlies

Hertford Museum’s Discovery Bags!

Hertford Museum has received funding from Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘Every Child a Talker’ initiative, which aims to improve children’s literacy skills from a very early age. Bags of objects and activites to encourage lively chatter in the museums galleries will be available to use to support your visit anytime, FREE OF CHARGE, available from February 2011. For further information contact Eleanor Payne, 01992 582686 or email

Please note: that unless otherwise stated, adults are asked to accompany children at all times during museum activites and events. As some craft activites may include using messy materials like glue and paint, you are advised to wear or bring suitable clothing.

Bye bye Helen!hm-pics-002

Helen Giles, Curator at Hertford Museum will be leaving the museum at the beginning of March to work with her husband in his photography business ( Helen said “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hertford Museum and will miss the staff, trustees, friends and supporters who have been like one big happy family to me”. She has worked at the museum for nearly nine years. Goodbye and good luck Helen!

Easter Holiday Events – Scarecrow Fun Days

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The School Holidays are nearly upon us again, and here at Hertford Museum we are continuing to take our activities and events on the road, this time in time for Easter!


Two Scarecrow Fun Days have been organised as follows:


Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford, SG14 1PG

Wednesday 8th April 2009

10.30 am – 4.00 pm


The River Room, Castle Hall, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

Wednesday  15th April 2009

10.30 am – 4.00 pm


Drop in anytime between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on both days to find out about the folklore of Scarecrows and take part in lots of crafty activities!


All craft activities will be free of charge and this is thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the overall museum development project.


There will also be a museum shop as well as teas and coffees.


For further information, please call, 01992 582686.


I look forward to seeing you there!




Half Term Fossil Fun and Japanese Crafts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hello everyone and welcome to my first entry onto our museum blog!

Last week, whilst the museum was continuing to be emptied in preparation for the arrival of building contractors, I was busy running FREE outreach events to compliment the half term school holidays.  These were held in the Mill Bridge Rooms in Hertford town centre, with the first part of the week focusing on fossils, which was organised in association with Rockwatch, the club for young geologists ( 

Susan Brown from Rockwatch with her wonderful selection of fossils
Susan Brown from Rockwatch with her wonderful selection of fossils

 The second half of the week took a Japanese theme, and was organised by Junko Watanabe, who has been working here at Hertford Museum as part of a volunteer placement since November 2008.   Many thanks to her for all her hard work!  

Anthea our volunteer helps with the jewellery making process

Anthea our volunteer helps with the jewellery making process

How to wrap your books the japanese way, no need for a pastic bag here!

How to wrap your books the Japanese way, no need for a plastic bag here!

But it doesn’t stop there, we will be at the Mill Bridge Rooms again this Saturday 28th February 2009 with activities to celebrate Hina Matsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival.  Come along any time between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm to take part in crafty activities, quizzes, games and dressing up.  Entry and all activities will again be FREE of charge.  It will be lovely to see you there.

Watch this space for details of more event coming up to a hall, community centre or church hall near you over the next year!


A young visitor makes his very own dinosaur!

A young visitor makes his very own dinosaur to take home!