Posts Tagged ‘Knit and Natter’

Object of the Week – Crocheted Christmas Decoration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


The museum Christmas tree has been decorated by a set of these beautiful crocheted ladies for as long as anyone here can remember! This year, inspired by these ladies, we asked our Knit & Natter group to create more decorations for us and they’ve done a great job! We have knitted decorations, crocheted baubles, a beautiful handmade sequin covered bauble and our staff have been making a host of pom poms to add to the fun!

We’re still adding to the tree but if you come to our evening of Christmas Magic on Friday 27th November you’ll be able to see the completed tree! We’re going to be open from 4 – 8pm with FREE Christmas crafts, carol singing from St Andrews Church Choir and a visit from Father Christmas himself!

You can download a copy of our timetable for the evening by clicking on the picture below. Everything is free except the visit to Father Christmas’ Grotto which is £2.50 per child.


Hertford Sounds

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

As part of our Beautiful Noise exhibition we asked all our visitors what the last song (or piece of music!) they had listened too. Now that our new exhibition is up and running we’ve had time to look at all your responses!


The most popular artist was Taylor Swift with Meghan Trainor in second place. We also had multiple entries for John Shuttleworth, Katie Perry, The Beatles and songs from Disney’s Aladdin.

A lot of our visitors are families so we had songs from Peppa Pig and Maisie Mouse but there’s a real mix of styles on the list from local artists like History of Guns and The McTells to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue!

You can take a look at the complete list as a pdf here.

This week’s events

Our First World War exhibition From Bull Plain to the Battlefields is now open. Come and lear about the Hertfordshire Regiment’s battles and what life was like on the Home Front in Hertford between 1914 – 1918.

Thursday 8th October is our next Knit & Natter meeting. Bring your knitting or crochet project and drop in from 10.30am for tea and friendly company!

Hertford Country Market will NOT be at the museum this Friday but don’t worry- if you want to pick up your usual goodies they will be outside Waitrose on SATURDAY.

Object of the week: Bandsman’s uniform

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

It’s just three days till our new exhibition, Beautiful Noise opens so here’s a sneak peak at one of the wonderful objects on display!


This bandsman’s uniform was worn by Dennis Levey when he was a memberof the Hertford Brass Band. The band played from 1949 through to the early 1970s when it was sadly closed due to a lack of funding. Many members moved across to the Ware Brass Band who are still playing today!

This week’s events

Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage opens this Saturday with the first of our Gallery Sounds series of min-concerts! The first performer’s are a small group from the Hertford Choral Society who will be performing from 2.30-3.00pm in our exhibition space (or in the garden if the weather allows!) Watch this space for future artists.

If you want to learn more about Hertford’s Musical Pioneers then Jean Purkis’ talk on Thomas Green and Charles Bridgeman is a wonderful chance to discover two of Hertford’s first music promoters and pioneers of performance. Enjoy a glass of wine and the opportunity to take in our Beautiful Noise exhibition after hours. The talk will start at 8pm. Please call the museum to book your place!

Finally, if craft rather than music is your thing, it’s our last Knit & Natter before the summer holidays tomorrow. Drop in 10.30 – 12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat whilst you work on your knitting or crochet projects!

Object of the Week: Butterfly collage tea tray

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


This souvenir tea tray from Rio de Janeiro is decorated with a collage of butterfly wings- if you look closely not only are the four butterflies at the corners real but the blue sky and the circular frame are also made up of butterfly wings as well.


Collages can be made using all kinds of materials (although we wouldn’t recommend using butterfly wings today!) and many influential artists have experimented with collage including Matisse, Picasso and David Hockney. On Wednesday 17th June the second in our series of Arts & Craft for Adults workshops will be learning about collage and you will have a chance to make your own. No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

This week’s events

Our monthly Knit & Natter group will be meeting in the Andrews Room tomorrow (Thursday 11th June). Drop in from 10.30-12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat (or help with your knitting if you’re just beginning!) for just £1.

Make sure you’ve seen our Hidden Hertford Walks programme on our website. There are two coming up in July including Les Middlewood’s popular How Hertford’s Pub Scene Was Shaped walk so make sure you book your spot!

Do you know any musicians, bands or other small music groups who might like a chance to perform at the museum? This summer we’re running a programme of short 30 minutes Gallery Sounds on Saturday afternoons and we’re looking for some more musicians to take part. Drop us an email at for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

In the second week of Advent…

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

… Hertford Museum brought to you more fantastic objects in our online Advent Calendar (just check out our Facebook page or #HMAdvent on twitter to see them all!) We’d love to know which has been your favourite so far!

07 Cathy Smale- Hertford Market Place

We’ve also brought you this very Christmas-y video from our Christmas Spectacular! If you like what you see then don’t forget that this Saturday, 13th December it’s our Christmas Model Railway day and this year it’s extra special because Santa Claus is visiting!


It’s also our last Knit & Natter of 2014 this Thursday and there will be some festive treats alongside the usual tea & coffee so if you’ve never been before this would be a great month to start!


Make sure you’re following us on facebook and twitter or keeping a close watch on our website for information about all the Christmas fun coming up at the museum.

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!


Regular events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Often in these blogs we talk about upcoming special events or new exhibitions but there are lots of events and activities that happen regularly at the museum so today we want to share some of them with you!


This Friday sees the return of the Hertford Country Market! The market fills our Andrews Room (and spills outside in the summer) every Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 and you can buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

stay and play

The on Saturday it’s the first Saturday of the month which makes it a Stay & Play Saturday. The Andrews Room will be open for families to enjoy our traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too? Best of all this activity is entirely FREE!

Toddler Tuesday

Once a month we also hold a Toddler Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30 am where you and your toddler can take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! The sessions are only £1.50 per child including refreshments for all but you must book in advance!

knit and natter

For grown ups we also hold a Knit & Natter on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum and you can share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.


Details of all of these regular events, along with our one-off events, can be found in our Newsletter or on our What’s On page or you can sign up for our eNewsletter which we send out about once a month!

Autumn Newsletter- Dates for your Diary!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The summer has flown by, if you haven’t seen the wonderful pictures of our summer activities on facebook then do take a look!

Sadly the start of September means it’s time to say goodbye to our Hertford County Hospital exhibition (you’ve got until Saturday for one last visit!) but there’s so much happening this autumn at Hertford Museum there won’t be time to miss it!

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Our latest newsletter is now out and you can download it from our website or pick up a copy at the museum and it’s FULL of exhibitions, walks, talks, events and activities. Our next exhibition 18 Bull Plain opens on Saturday 14th September with a special Birthday Party celebrating our 100th anniversary in this building and after that it’s only 6 weeks till our World of Wallace exhibition opens!

Bull Plain in 1904

Hertford Museum in Bull Plain, 1904

We’ll be talking a lot about Alfred Russel Wallace over the next couple of months so make sure you’re following us on facebook, twitter (and youtube!) so you hear about everything that’s happening first.

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

But before all of that it’s Stay and Play Saturday this week and our Knit & Natter group starts back after it’s summer break on Thursday 12th September so make sure you check out our newsletter or What’s On page and we hope to see you soon…

Our Fabulous Volunteers (and the May Newsletter)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Our May Newsletter is now out so drop in and pick up a copy or you can download it from our website. It’s full of information on upcoming events to put in your diary- tomorrow is our monthly Knit & Natter morning, it’s the Craft & Curio Fair on Saturday and then NEXT Saturday there will be music from Zoe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings to celebrate Museums at Night weekend.

Local singer/songwriter Zoe Phillips.

Local singer/songwriter Zoe Phillips.

To keep our busy programme of events, activities and exhibitions running smoothly alongside the every day work of a museum we rely hugely on our amazing team of volunteers. Hertford Museum volunteers are diverse group and help us in many different ways.

Today is one of our regular volunteers meetings which are our chance to say thank you to all our volunteers and let them know about our plans and the work that is going on so we thought it was a good chance to tell you a little bit about what they do for us!

Two of our family learning volunteers

Two of our family learning volunteers.

If you have taken part in any of our Family Activities then you will have met some of our wonderful family learning volunteers. All of our activities are supported by volunteers who hand out instructions, make sure you have enough pens and glue and glitter and hopefully encourage everyone to take part!

We also have a small group of volunteers who helped with our Saturday Teas (though you’ll also see them at some of our evening events- particularly if you come to our exhibition previews where they’re in charge of the wine!)

Another important group of volunteers are the leader of our Hidden Hertford Walks. These walks take place on Sundays and are entirely led by volunteers- the new programme will be out shortly and we’ll let you know here when it is!

A volunteer team working on cleaning some of the collections.

A volunteer team working on cleaning some of the collections.

Then we have a large team of Collections volunteers who do a huge variety of jobs from helping clean and care for our current collections to cataloguing any new objects that come into the museum. Volunteers help us with research on our collections and for some of our books and exhibitions, some of them even help write exhibition panels. All of our digital images have been scanned in by volunteers, a task that is still ongoing, and other volunteers are helping photograph objects.

Volunteers working on our carnival float last year.

Volunteers working on our carnival float last year.

And that’s not all, many of our volunteers kindly take on special jobs for us when we need help- transcribing recorded oral history interviews, delivering leaflets and posters and even helping us paint the temporary gallery between exhibitions!

We’ve got a very full team of volunteers at the moment which is wonderful but when we have any spaces for new volunteers we’ll let you know!

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.