Posts Tagged ‘Hertingfordbury & the Greens’

Spencer Gore, Hudsons Dental Care and museum loans…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

It’s another busy week at Hertford Museum as we prepare for the end of Horsnell’s Hertford and the start of our new exhibition Keepsakes, Key rings and Kiss Me Quick which opens on the 1st of June.

This week on the blog we thought we’d talk about some of the objects that have been loaned to Hertford Museum and some that we’ve loaned to others!

However big a museum’s collection is there are always times when we need to talk to other museums, groups or individuals to get that perfect object for an exhibition.

Spencer Gore painting on loan from Reading Museum

For our exhibition on Hertingfordbury we borrowed a Palaeolithic hand axe from the British Museum, a painting by Spencer Gore from Reading Museum and lots of photographs and objects from residents of Hertingfordbury and the Greens past and present.

Royal souvenir mugs for Charles & Diana and Andrew & Sarah's weddingsOur next exhibition is all made up of objects loaned by members of the public- we’ve got royal souvenir mugs, key rings from far flung places, souvenirs of travels far and near, a Butlins biscuit tin and even Take That pants!

But we don’t just borrow things from other people, sometimes we loan out our objects too.

This year Hudsons Dental Care are celebrating their 80th anniversary and to celebrate it there will be a special exhibition at the British Dental Association Museum in London. Hudsons current home is just across the road from Hertford Museum in Bull Plain and over the years we’ve collected some objects from them (including the dentist’s chair in our first floor gallery!) so tomorrow we’re meeting a member of the staff from the BDA to arrange a loan of some pieces for their display.

Dentists chair from Hudsons Dental Care on display in our Hertford Galleries

There’s always something new to see…

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We love seeing familiar faces visiting the museum and so we try to make sure that whenver you visit there will be something new to see or do.

Our Hertingfordbury exhibition will be closing soon and we’re gong to have an exhibition of paintings by local artist Lionel Horsnell and of course there are always our events and children’s activities but if you look carefully you’ll see that there are other new objects and displays to find as well.

With the closure of the old Hertford Library building we were given the library clock to add to our collection and we’ve found a space for it upstairs in our galleries. There’s lots of information about its maker and its life at the library and its still ticking away if you want to come and visit it!

We’ve also recently added a framed picture of the Panshanger Oak to our stairwell- a lasting legacy from our Hertingfordbury exhibition.

Those are both permanent additions to our galleries there is also a new display in the small case behind our Reception.

One of our volunteers, Ben, came to us after studying for an MA in Classical Art and Archaeology from King’s College London and he has chosen some special objects from our collection for a display on antiquities. There are Greek, Roman & Egyptian objects on display so come take a look!

A week of enquiries at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

I hope everyone’s enjoying Half Term. We’ve been very busy at the museum with our Roman Invasion!

But it isn’t just holiday activities that are keeping us busy, every week we receive questions, bookings, donations and all kinds of research enquiries so we thought this week we’d let you know some of our day-to-day enquiries!

This is just a selection of what’s been going on behind the scenes over the last week.

  • We ‘ve had lots of calls asking for details of our Roman activities and 85 children took part on our first day! There are lots of fantastic masks, drawings and mosaics being created.

  • A school have contacted our Learning Officer, Eleanor, about borrowing one of our Loans Boxes. These are full of objects that children can handle as well as helpful pictures and information for teachers to use.
  • A visitor was particularly interested in the Hertingfordbury Cowper School log books on display in our Hertingfordbury and the Greens exhibition and wants to come in and look through them to try and find some members of his family who lived in the village in the 1800s.
  • We’ve taken in a loan of paintings by Lionel Horsnell, a local artist, that we’re going to have on display in May.
  • Hudsons Dentists have been talking to us about some objects they’ve donated over the years that they may be borrowing back for an anniversary exhibition (the dentist’s chair in our main gallery came from them!)
  • Our volunteers are all learning how to use our new MODEs database and we’ve had a new volunteers start as well (unfortunately she’s the last person we’ll be able to take on for a while!)
  • We’ve been finalising details for our Museums at Night event this year, it’s going to be on the 19th of May and we’ll give you more details nearer the time!

  • We’ve had several enquiries about booking our Andrews Room from different groups.
  • Planning for the Hertford Carnival is starting- we’ll be open on the day and you might see the museum involved in other ways too!
  • CP Timber have kindly donated a laptop to us that they no longer need.
  • Our latest acquisition is a One Man Band! Tony Crowley was a local celebrity who performed on several TV shows (including Opportunity Knocks and Rainbow) and who held the world record for the longest continuous session of One Man Band-ing. He died last year and his family have kindly donated his instruments and several pictures to the museum.

It’s certainly been a busy time for our new curator, Sara Taylor, to start but we’re very glad she’s here!

Hertford Museum blog and YOU

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Now that our Hertingfordbury & the Greens exhibition is open and the accompanying booklet is ready to go (£6 from our shop, call in to buy your copy!) its time to move on to other projects.

There are lots of exciting things coming to Hertford Museum in the next few months- our new (well returning!) Curator, Sara Taylor, starts soon, we’ll be working with Courtyard Arts again this Half Term, there’s an exciting Hertford Town trail again this year after last year’s Doctor Who one and we’re also looking at our next exhibition which will be on Souvenirs (starting with a focus on Royal souvenirs)

So there’s lots going one which we’ll be using this blog, our newsletter, facebook and twitter to keep you up-to-date on but we also want to hear from you.

What would you like to see on this blog?

Perhaps you want to hear more about an exhibition, or our volunteers, or our toothbrush collection! Or maybe there’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask about Hertford or life behind the scenes at the museum! If you have any ideas then get in touch with us on facebook or twitter or email us: hertfordmuseum AT btconnect DOT com

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Hello everyone, we hope you’re all settling back into your usual routine now we are well and truly into 2012!

Something to keep you occupied on a cold dark winter evening is our January newsletter which is out now! It includes information on our new exhibition on Hertingfordbury & The Greens which opens this Saturday 14th January as well as all the usual updates, news and events.

Hertford Museum Newsletter January 2012

There are still places available on our new Adult Learning course: ‘Romans to Utopians: Hertfordshire gardens though the Ages’ by Kate Harwood.

It isn’t in the newsletter as it starts starts next Wednesday 18th January for ten weeks. But if you are interested please contact use ASAP on 01992 582686 or

Course Details

Dates: Wednesdays 2- 4pm January 18th , 25th; February 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th; March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cost: £90 inclusive

The Lecturer: Kate Harwood is Lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London. Her subject is garden history of any period and she is teaching ‘Victorian Gardens’ at Letchworth after Christmas. Kate is also Conservation & Planning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and is knowledgeable about historic landscapes in Hertfordshire.

The Course: Hertfordshire has been very fortunate in having many different styles of gardens from Roman through Medieval and Tudor to 18th century landscapes, 19th century bedding out up to the many Arts and Crafts gardens and the Garden City Movement This course will explore the history of gardens over the period with examples taken from sites in Hertfordshire. It will also help you to research and discover the history of gardens yourself with the aid of maps, illustrations, Hertfordshire Archives and the internet.

Adult Learning at Hertford Museum

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A slightly belated Happy New Year everyone! We’re very busy here at the museum getting ready for the opening of our new exhibition, Hertingfordbury and the Greens, next week as well as preparing the new edition of our newsletter.

Hertingfordbury Park and gardens in the 1700s

If you’re looking for something new and interesting to do in 2012 why not sign up for one of our Adult Learning Courses?

Adult Learning 2012 Flyer

Our first course, Romans to Utopians: Hertfordshire gardens through the ages, is starting starting on Monday 18th January so if you’re interested then get in touch ASAP!

Christmas Eve Eve

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

There are only two more sleeps till Christmas is here but if you’re still looking for presents or stocking fillers (or somewhere to visit to escape the Christmas shops!) then we’re open all day today and till lunchtime on Christmas Eve!

We’ll be open between Christmas and New Year as well so if you’re going to for a post-Christmas walk then come in and see us!

And if you don’t then we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and we’ll see you in 2012 when we’ll be busy putting up our new Hertingfordbury and the Greens exhibition which opens on the 14th January.

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve 10am -1pm
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day CLOSED
27th December CLOSED
28th December 10am – 2pm
29th December 10am – 2pm
30th December 10am – 2pm
31st December 10am – 1pm
Open as usual from Tuesday 3rd January.