Posts Tagged ‘Half Term Activities’

Object of the Week- Decorative Fork

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

One of the biggest projects that we are working on at the moment (and will be for a long time!) is making sure that we have a photograph or scan of every object in our collection. We have over 100,000 objects and we’re around a third of the way there at the moment but we have a whole team of volunteers working on photographing, scanning and recording these images and sometimes they find wonderful details in the most unassuming boxes!


One of our volunteers, Mark, has been working his way through a collection of tableware (knives, forks and spoons) and this wonderful fork with a man carved into the handle was in the box. Unfortunately we don’t have any information exactly where it came from but at least now we know it’s there and the picture is attached to the object record for anyone searching in the future!

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term next week and our activities are all inspired by Terrific Traditions. Activities run from Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) and cost just £1.50 per child so drop in to make a maypole, flower garland and more!

Our latest Hidden Hertford Walks programme is now out so take a look on our website and make sure you book your place!

If you want to know what we’ve been up to over the past year our Annual Report 2014-2015 is available to download from our website.

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.

Object of the week: Short Eared Owl (by Bickerton)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Our new exhibition, Mr Bickerton and His Birds, is now open and so today’s Object of the Week had to be one of his fabulous photographs. Assistant Curator Sarah has chosen his Short Eared Owl as she explains below.

Short Eared Owl and Young- William Bickerton

Short Eared Owl and Young- William Bickerton

Looking at the incredible detail in Bickerton’s photographs it’s hard to remember that he was working a century ago with large cameras and glass slides. This picture in particular is so lifelike and vivid as the owl glares back at Bickerton.

The exhibition is open until the 28th March and will be followed by a short exhibition of all the entries to our Inspired by Bickerton photography competition so make sure you get snapping! There are prizes for the best picture in the three age groups- 9 and under, 10-16 and Adults so all the family can get involved!

This week’s events:

It’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend, drop in to play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book all for FREE!

It’s almost Half Term and you can take a look at all our activities on our new flyer

You can buy prints of ALL the photographs in our Bickerton exhibition from the museum shop as well as notecards of our favourite images.

Animal Antics!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Museums at Night event on Saturday evening! It was a wonderful evening with cocktails and 70s inspired music from Schrödinger’s Strings.


It’s Half Term next week and as usual we’re running family activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can drop in between 10.30 – 3.30 (last entry 3.00pm) and it’s only £1.50 per child!


This May our family activities have an animal theme inspired by some of our natural history collections. We’ll be making animal masks and monkey mobiles so pop in and see us (and send us a picture of yourself on facebook or twitter with your wonderful creations!)

The Big Draw 2013 30-10-13 (5)

Dora the Explorer and the World of Wallace

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

It doesn’t seem possible but this week is your FINAL chance to see our World of Wallace exhibition! It’s not disappearing though- the exhibition closes on Saturday but it’s going to be going out on tour across the country over the next couple of years!

Hornbill 1

To celebrate the last week of the exhibition and Half Term both happening at once we’ve had some very special visitors at the museum this week. On Saturday we were visited by Spirit of the Wild‘s Ben and some rather interesting animals including this baby alligator!


We’ve also been visited by Dora the Explorer this week!


All our Half Term activities (which are still on tomorrow (Thursday) from 10.30 – 3.30) are explorer themed so we’ve been making maps and binoculars like those used by Dora, Diego and even Alfred Russel Wallace himself.



Next week we’ll have more information about our new exhibition and upcoming events but until then we hope you enjoy Half Term and encourage you to make one last visit to the beautiful birds and butterflies in our World of Wallace exhibition!

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!)

2014-02 Tring staff visit

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!


Half Term Fun!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It’s been a very busy Half Term at Hertford Museum so far and that’s just the way we like it! If you haven’t visited us yet that there’s still plenty coming up.

The Big Draw 2013 30-10-13 (14)

Tomorrow (Thursday) we’ve got a Spooky Spiders craft activity in the Andrews Room (10.30am- 3.30pm and £1.50 per child as usual!), on Friday it’s the Country Market and then on Saturday it’s a Stay & Play day.


But looking back at what’s happened already it’s been quite a week! On Friday evening it was the preview for World of Wallace. It was a great evening and the exhibition was opened by Errol Fuller who is one of the speakers for our World of Wallace talks in January. If you want to come to Hertford Museum previews then you need to sign up as a Friend or Patron of the museum (see our website for details).

girl sketching

Then on Saturday the museum became a zoo for the day with Spirit of the Wild. There were spiders and a crocodile and lizards and all kinds of animals and over 400 of you came to see them!


Then On Tuesday and Wednesday we’ve been taking part in the Big Draw– children have been coming and sketching some of the objects here at the museum before taking them to Courtyard Arts to turn them into beautiful paintings.

The Big Draw 2013 30-10-13 (8)

All of the work produced for the Big Draw will be on display at Hertford Theatre on Friday 1st November from 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Spirit of the Wild comes to Hertford Museum

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Six months after we heard we had our Arts Council England funding World of Wallace finally opens this weekend and we’re really excited for everyone to see it!

Indian Fruit Bat

Indian Fruit Bat

To get the exhibition off to a flying start we’re being visited by some of the amazing animals* from Spirit of the Wild (and their keeper Ben!)

Spectacled caiman

Spectacled caiman

Drop in to the museum on Saturday 26th October between 10.30am – 3.30pm to see the amazing animals. There will be timed slots to see the animals to make sure they don’t get too overwhelmed (last entry 3.00pm) but the event is entirely FREE so make sure you come and see us!

Brazilian Three Banded Armadillo

Brazilian Three Banded Armadillo

This will also be your first chance to see World of Wallace which is FULL of animals, birds, fish and coral as well as some beautiful objects from around the world and several objects that belonged to Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

A Hornbill from Hertford Museum's collection beautifully conserved for the World of Wallace exhibition.

A Hornbill from Hertford Museum’s collection beautifully conserved for the World of Wallace exhibition.

You’ll also be able to try out our new interactives including the “Wheel of Warning” and have a go at designing your own Bird of Paradise!

*We cannot guarantee the presence of any particular animals this weekend but we do know there will be an amazing selection!

Nice weather for ducks… (Half Term & Hertford Carnival)

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s been a very grey Half Term outside so far but in the museum we’ve been celebrating Hertford’s rivers with our family craft activities and a trail.

Visitors have been decorating maps of the four Hertford rivers as well as making their own duck puppets and there’s still time to pop down today and take part!


If you’re in town on Saturday then our Wind in the Willows trail will still be available and Stay & Play Saturday is sticking with the river theme!


This week we’ve also been thinking about the Hertford Carnival which is less than a month away now! Last year we filled our float with some GIANT models of our collections but this year’s theme is Cartoon Characters so we’ve gone for a historical cartoon- Asterix!


If you’re planning on visiting the carnival this year (Sunday 23rd June!) don’t forget that the museum will be open all afternoon serving afternoon tea in the garden and there will be a Model Railway Day in our Andrews Room. So, as always, plenty to do whatever the weather!

Along the Riverbank- May Half Term activities!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May Half Term is only a week away now so make sure you’ve picked up a copy of our newsletter, downloaded one from here or are keeping a close eye on our What’s On page!

Our theme for May Half Term is Along the Riverbank celebrating the four rivers that wind their way through the town- can you name them all without looking? I’ll put the answer at the bottom of this post.

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Our family craft activities run from 10:30am- 3:30pm (last entry at 3:00pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and are only £1.50 per child. Just drop in and if we can’t find space for you straight away then there’s plenty to do and see in the galleries or the museum garden.

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she'll be back?

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she’ll be back?

Thank you to everyone who made our Museums at Night event so much fun, especially our musicians Zöe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings. There are some wonderful pictures on our facebook page and don’t worry if you couldn’t come this time- we’ll be taking part in this year’s Hertford Musical Mystery Tour in August so you’ve got another chance to enjoy some wonderful music over a glass of wine in the museum (hopefully in the garden this time!)

Schrödinger's Strings- Museums at Night 2013

Schrödinger’s Strings- Museums at Night 2013

How many rivers were you able to remember? The four are:

  1. The Lea

  2. The Beane
  3. The Mimram
  4. The Rib