Posts Tagged ‘Fundraising’

Object of the week- Walter Gunn’s WW1 archive

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Our second object of the week is a little unusual in that it isn’t actually part of our museum collection yet! This wonderful collection of medals, photographs and other ephemera belonging to Private W.H. Gunn will be auctioned on the 24th January and we are hoping to raise enough money to be able to bring the collection to Hertford Museum to become part of the Hertfordshire Regiment Collection.


Walter Gunn survived a gas attached during the First World War when he was a battalion runner and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry. This collection also includes letters about the gas attach as well as Gunn’s cap badge, pay books, pocket watch and several photographs.

Gunn collection

To help bring this collection to Hertford Museum we need YOUR help though and we are collecting donations online here. If you think you can help then please donate as soon as possible and we will let you know how we get on after the auction!

Any money left after we have purchased the collection, or if we are unsuccessful in our bid, will be put towards our First World War exhibition Hertford at War which will be on display from the end of September 2015.

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!

Upcoming Book Sale & a report from our Indonesian Evening

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Last Saturday we hosted a special late night opening with an Indonesian theme and it was great to see so many of you there!

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We had music from Gamelan musician Aris Daryono, Indonesian food and a chance to spend some time enjoying our World of Wallace exhibition- it was wonderful to see some of the adults attempting to design their own Bird of Paradise with our magnetic pieces!

You can watch a short video with some of the beautiful Gamelan music from the evening on our YouTube channel.


This Saturday 16th November we’re holding a Book Sale from 10.00am – 4.00pm with a large selection of secondhand books to choose from. All the money we raise will go towards future exhibitions and events so please do take this chance to get yourself a bargain and support the museum at the same time!


We’ve also organised two events to raise money for the relief efforts in the Philppines so check out our What’s On page for further details or sign up to our eNewsletter via our homepage to be the first with all the news!

Bargain Summer Reading

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I hope all our followers are surviving in this heat- we’re all taking regular breaks in the shady parts of the museum garden (and the occasional ice lolly!) The best thing to do in this weather is find a shady spot, a cool drink and a good book to read and we can help with the last part!


This Saturday, 20th July from 10.00am- 4.00pm we’re having another Second Hand Book Sale and there are going to be some amazing bargains for 50p!


We’re just going through the books now and there’s something for everyone- local history, gardening, cookery, romances, science fiction, historical novels, children’s books and we’ve already come across one first edition!


Come and find a book (or 2 or 3!) for yourself, take a look at our new exhibition and then go home and enjoy your purchase and the great feeling that comes from supporting your local museum at the same time!

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Book Sale- looking for donations!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

In January we held a Secondhand Book Sale in the Andrews Room and it was so popular we’ve decided to do it again (in fact we’re hoping to make them a regular thing two or three times a year!)


Our next Book Sale is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 10:00am – 4:00pm and we hope to see lots of you there!

Do you have any secondhand books you can donate to the museum?


We’re looking for paperback fiction and any local history books particularly. If you think you can help us please bring your donated books to the museum by the 12th July (to allow us time to sort and price them all).

Any money we raise will help us with future exhibitions, activities and events so you can declutter your bookshelves AND help your local museum at the same time!

Arts Council England and the World of Wallace

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant of £59,000 from their Renaissance Strategic support fund towards our exciting World of Wallace project celebrating the centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace later this year! You can read their official announcement (and find out about the other recipients) on their website

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We are absolutely delighted that Arts Council England have approved our application. The World of Wallace project will enable us to conserve and make accessible objects from our natural history collection and allow new audiences to engage with the legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace through objects, information and hands on interactives. Accredited museums with very limited resources will be able to share this high quality touring exhibition and resources for schools with their visitors and this funding ensures that all financial and logistical barriers removed. Thanks to the Arts Council, we will be able to share Wallace’s enormous contribution to Science and Geography with the rest of the country. (Sara Taylor- Curator)

Make sure you’re following us on twitter and facebook because we’ll be sharing more details of what’s to come over the next few months!

Another piece of good news we had this week was that our fantastic Front of House staff have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Service at the Museums and Heritage Awards! It’s going to cost £336 to send Julie & Holly to the awards which unfortunately we don’t have so we’re trying to raise the money in donations- if you can help PLEASE let us know!

Don’t forget our new exhibition Bengeo Stories is now open and, for the first time this year, there will also be cream teas, drinks and cakes served in the Andrews Room this Saturday 30th March from 11am – 4pm so we hope to see you soon.

Book Sale at the Museum!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

This Saturday, Saturday 26th January from 10.30am- 3.30pm our Andrews Room is going to become a secondhand bookshop for the day!

Don’t worry, we’re not selling off our collections! Our wonderful friends and volunteers have brought in an amazing selection of books of all kinds and they will all be on sale at bargain prices

Whether you’re looking for a novel to help escape the January gloom, something educational to stretch your brain or anything in between we’ve got the book for you AND you can feel a special warm glow knowing that your purchase will help the museum keep running our exhibitions and events!

Hertford Carnival- thank you & a sneak peek

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Thank you to everyone who dropped a green token (or 6) into our box at Waitrose last month. We raised a wonderful £470 which will all go towards our float for the Hertford Carnival and the work we are doing with local schools for it.

As a big thank you here are some pictures of our hardworking staff & volunteers putting together the bases of our giant objects ready for them to go out to our school partners to be built up and decorated!

Can you guess what any of these are going to become?

First steps towards our Carnival float
First steps towards our Carnival float
First steps towards our Carnival float

Waitrose Community Matters & the Hertford Carnival

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

If any of you have been into the Hertford branch of Waitrose in the last week you may have noticed that Hertford Museum is one of the three charities in their Community Matters scheme this month.

Each month Waitrose have £1000 to give away and they split it between three charities but how much we each get depends on how many green tokens shoppers put into our box so PLEASE collect your token at the till and add it to our box.

Any money we are given by Waitrose will be going towards our Carnival float for this year’s Hertford Carnival in June. We’ve got big plans to decorate our float- we’re hoping to make giant models of some of the objects from our collection- like our Samurai and maybe an ENORMOUS toothbrush.

But we won’t be making them alone- we’re working with lots of local schools who will each take on a different model. The schools taking part are:

  • Bengeo Primary School

  • Hollybush Primary School
  • Richard Hale School
  • The Sele School
  • Morgans Primary School
  • Hertford Heath School
  • Hertford Selections Children’s Centre

So your Waitrose token in our box will help all of those schools as well as us AND you’ll be able to enjoy wha we create at the the Hertford Carnival on Sunday 24th June 2012