Posts Tagged ‘Friends of Hertford Museum’

Object of the week: Zoetrope

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
A zoetrope on display in Hertford Museum

A zoetrope on display in Hertford Museum

A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation machines used to produce the illusion of moving images. It works by displaying a sequence of drawings which are viewed through slits in anrevolving drum.

Looking through the zoetrope's slits before it starts revolving.

Looking through the zoetrope’s slits before it starts revolving.

Although several different people invented similar machines during the mid 1800s the name zoetrope (from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning”) came from an American inventor William F. Lincoln in the 1860s.

Children from Abel Smith school playing with a replica zoetrope in the museum.

Children from Abel Smith school playing with a replica zoetrope in the museum.

Our family activities this Half Term are called Impossible Illusions and Optical Tricks and you’ll be able to play with replicas of some amazing optical illusions and then make your own optical illusions and toys to take home.

Our activities are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am – 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm!) and cost just £1.50 per child.

This week’s events:

Our Half Term family craft activities are on Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February 2014, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). For more details check out our What’s On page.

This month’s Friends of Hertford Museum talk is “Gallows Hill” by Ken Griffen. Ken will review the origins and role of Gallows Hill and look at local executions over the last 500 years. The talk is on Tuesday 17 February at 8 pm in the St Andrews Centre, Hertford. Talks cost £2 for visitors and tickets are available on the door.

Booking is now open for our Art & Crafts for adults taster sessions. Full details are availble in our newsletter or on our What’s On page.

Patrons Evening and remembering Martin Andrews

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Last Saturday saw our annual Patrons Evening when we have a chance to thank the wonderfully generous members of the Hertford Museum Patrons scheme and also celebrate the work that the museum has done over the last year.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

We always enjoy seeing our supporters and this year was especially important to us because we have been able to make some wonderful changes to the museum garden because of money given to us by the Friends of Hertford Museum and a bequest from Martin Andrews.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

Martin died in 2012 and on Saturday his brother Giles Andrews planted a bay tree in the museum garden in his memory. Martin and Giles, and their cousins David, are all great grandsons of one of our Founders, R.T. Andrews, and we are very grateful to have them as friends and supporters.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews

Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz Night!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This week we’re waving a sad goodbye to our World of Wallace exhibition which is having a rest before it’s off on a national tour! At the same time we’ve been framing all of the wonderful drawings and artwork ready for Fizeek an exhibition of the life and works of local artist Ronald Wright.

Fizeek opens on Saturday so we’ll be telling you more about it in next week’s blog but this week we’ve got a very special event to talk about- the Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz!

Friends logo

The FOHM Quiz is an annual event to raise money for the museum whilst having a great evening. This year the quiz is being held on Friday 7th March at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The quiz will be at Sele Farm Community Centre and a Ploughman’s supper is included in the cost of the ticket (though there is no bar this year, so please bring along your own drinks and glasses!)


Tickets cost just £11 per person and you can either book a full table of 8 or just book your own ticket and we’ve got a table reserved for smaller parties. To book your place please pop in to the museum or you can contact the front desk on 01992 582686 or


If quizzes aren’t your thing then don’t forget this Saturday is a Stay & Play Saturday so there will be toys & games in the Andrews Room along with a simple craft activity!

Toddlers Nov 2011 Ice Age Creatures 001

Support Hertford Museum – new Patrons scheme!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Last night we launched our new Patron and Corporate Patron schemes at a special event for museum supporters.

Museum supporters learning about our new Patrons scheme

There are many ways to support the museum from volunteering to joining our Super 100 Club not forgetting the wonderful Friends of Hertford Museum but now we have two new ways- our Patron and Corporate Patron schemes.

Photographs showing all of the different events that happen at the museum

If you sign up as a Patron you will be helping secure Hertford Museum’s future but there are also plenty of benefits to you! For a minimum annual donation of £150 our patrons enjoy:

  • Annual Patrons’ reception
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
  • Your name displayed on the Roll of Honour in the Museum
  • An annual behind the scenes experience
  • Regular newsletters
  • A 10% discount in the shop

We also have a separate scheme for Corporate Patrons which we hope will benefit your business as well as ours! For an annual donation of £200 our Corporate Patrons enjoy:

  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
  • Free link on our website to your business
  • Annual reception at the Museum to which you bring clients or colleagues
  • Your business’ name displayed on the Roll of Honour in the Museum
  • An annual behind the scenes experience
  • Regular newsletters
  • A 10% discount on room hire

To find out more about either of our schemes for Patrons visit our website or email or call us on 01992 582686.

Friends of Hertford Museum at our patrons launch

Music, Talks and Craft- upcoming events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We’ve been talking a lot recently about some of our future exhibitions but while you’re waiting for those to happen there are still plenty of activities and events taking place at the museum (not to mention our Bengeo Stories exhibition if you haven’t seen that yet!)

Museums at Night 2012

Museums at Night 2012

On Saturday 18th May we will be having an evening of live acoustic music to celebrate Museums at Night. We’re still confirming the musicians but we’re excited to bring you some local artists to listen to over a glass of wine.


Then on Saturday 25th May Reg Harman will be giving a talk titled Travels by train in New England. You can book tickets for Reg’s talk by calling, emailing or popping in to the museum. Reg’s talk will is a personal ramble through travel in New England by timetabled passenger rail services. This talk will cover railroad history, geography, stations, operations and current railroad policy and will focus on the journeys themselves, the people and the places.

Toddler Tuesday

And then there are our regular activities too. The first Saturday of each month is a Stay and Play Saturday, the second Saturday is taken up by an Arts and Craft Market in the Andrews Room and our Tea in the Garden take place on the last Saturday of every month! Plus Toddler Tuesdays, our monthly Knit & Natter group and the Friends of Hertford Museum hold monthly meetings as well.

All of the details for these events (and many more!) are on the What’s On page of our website so make sure you have it bookmarked!

ps. if you are a teacher, or know one, then our Summer Schools’ Newsletter is now available to download from our Schools’ pages.

An English Celebration- Saturday 20th April

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who visited over the Easter Holidays- 344 children took part in our activities which is absolutely wonderful. Now of course it’s back to term time but there’s still plenty happening in the museum.


Last night our curator Sara Taylor gave a talk to the Friends of Hertford Museum about our current exhibition and it was standing room only! If you’re interested in joining the Friends or coming to some of their events then you’ll find full details on our website.

This Saturday Hertford is having an English Celebration in advance of St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday and the whole town will be full of activities and things to see.

Here at the museum there will be a Find the Flag trail in the galleries and at 2:15pm there will be a Robin Hood puppet show in our garden so don’t miss that!

And if none of that appeals to you then the Andrews Room has been hired on Saturday by local author Mary Rensten and she will be signing copies of her book A Handful of Straw about Jane Wenham who was put on trial as a witch in Hertford in March 1712 so pop in over lunchtime to pick up your copy.

The Friends of Hertford Museum (& a new Arts & Craft Fair)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This week we wanted to talk about a very important group of people- The Friends of Hertford Museum!

Becoming a member of the Friends is a great way to support the museum not just in terms of fundraising but also raising the profile of the museum and often supporting the day to day work of the museum (a lot of our Volunteers are Friends and vice versa!)


The FOHM run events through the year including a garden party, a talk each month and their annual quiz! Most of thei events are open to the general public so it’s always worth looking at the Friends Programme on our What’s On page- talks cost just £2 for non-members and cover a wide variety of subjects.

This year’s Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz Night is on Saturday 2nd March at Sele Community Centre and we’d love to see some new faces! £10 pays for a light supper and the quiz itself and there will be a licensed bar as well. Teams need to made up of eight people (though if you don’t have that many they can arrange to group people together) and tickets are available from the Museum Front Desk.


All money raised by the FOHM go towards the museum and it’s work and their support has helped us continue or work caring for the museum collections and making sure they’re seen by the widest possible audience so if you can attend an event, or join the Friends yourself, then please do!

One last quick note- this weekend, on Saturday 9th February from 10.30am – 1.30pm Hertford Museum will be hosting a new Arts & Craft Market where you can choose from a wide variety of handmade crafts, jewellery and gifts all made by local artists and craftspeople. The market will take place every second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Hertford Farmers’ Market so come along and check it out!

craft fair

Help Support Your Museum!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

One of the questions our front of house staff get asked the most by new visitors is “how much does it cost to look round” but here at Hertford Museum we are dedicated to keeping the museum admission free, as it has always been, so that everyone who wants to visit is able to.

As we’re an independent museum, and a registered charity, our free admission means we rely heavily on donations to help continue to provide a top quality service to current and future generations and so today we wanted to share a few ways you can help us (and what we can do for you in return!)

Become a Patron

Museum Patrons are recorded on a Roll of Honour at the museum and are invited to social events at the museum, including Private Views events for any exhibition the museum puts on to thank them for their generous support. Patrons also receive the regular museum newsletter.

To become a Patron we ask for a donation of £100 (or more) a year.

Become a Friend

The Friends of Hertford Museum fundraise for the museum but they also provide a varied programme of talks, visits and social activities for their members. As a Friend you will receive a regular newsletter three times a year with information about Friends events as well as the latest museum updates.

Membership costs £10 for an individual or £15 per year for a household and you can pick up a form from the museum Front Desk.

The Friends of Hertford Museum Christmas Party.

Join our Super 100 Club

The museum Super 100 Club is drawn every month with prizes for the first 3 numbers picked. The prize money depends on how many tickets have been sold with the top prize 20% or the total (then 10% and 5%).

It costs £24 to buy one number for a year and there is no limit on how many numbers you purchase!

Give a Donation

We are always happy to accept donations in cash or cheques by post or in person however big or small! Donations to the museum can always be Gift Aided as well so that we can make the most of your gifts.

Visit our shop

If you’re looking for interesting presents then why not pay a visit to our museum shop. We’ve got a range of toiletries from the National Trust, some beautiful jewelry and lots of toys and games for children. We also stock a large range of local history books several of which aren’t available anywhere else (including on Amazon!).

Every purchase you make in our shop will help the museum so you can do your shopping and feel you’re doing good as well!

Visit & support our events!

There’s always something going on at the museum so please pick up a copy of our newsletter or look at our What’s On page and see what’s coming up next! Why not pick up a second newsletter to give to a friend or neighbor?

Next week we’ll be telling you all about our two exciting events on Saturday 13th October but with October Half Term approaching and then Christmas following fast behind there’s lots to do for all ages and we’re always glad to see you!