Posts Tagged ‘Local History books’

Person of the Week (!): Joanne Marychurch

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This week we’re doing something slightly different and introducing our person of the week!

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Hello!
My name is Jo Marychurch, and I’m the new Learning Officer at Hertford Museum. I used to work for Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey, in their museum service. I’m very excited to be working at Hertford Museum, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Jo started today so she’s still finding her feet- make sure to say hello if you see her in the activities during the holidays. Any teachers who would like to get in touch with Jo please call 01992 582686 or email learning.hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

This week’s events

We’re halfway through our Extraordinary Egyptians activities! You can still drop in to take part in crafty activities inspired by our collections. Make a mummy mask, clay amulets and more! Different activities will run each week (Tuesday-Thursday) and activities cost just £1.50 per child, last entry 3pm.

Our Inspired by Bickerton competition entries are now on display in our temporary gallery so come and take a look at the wonderful display!

Don’t forget our new booklet, Lost Buildings of Hertford ~ Part 1. This book is full of images from our collections of buildings no longer standing in Hertford and it has been put together by our Museum Support Assistant Holly Rapley with assistance from Jean Purkiss.

Object of the Week: Lost Buildings of Hertford

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

We have a new booklet available in the shop, Lost Buildings of Hertford ~ Part 1. This book is full of images from our collections of buildings no longer standing in Hertford and it has been put together by our Museum Support Assistant Holly Rapley with assistance from Jean Purkiss.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

There’s a complete range of buildings shown from the old Cowbridge station to the streets that were demolished to build Bircherley Green. The booklet costs just £3.50 and all proceeds from this booklet will go towards our Picture This! project which will allow 24 hour online public access to our collection of over 12,000 images.

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This week’s events:

We’ve just finished putting up all your amazing entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition so drop into the museum to see them all (and especially our two winners). They will be on display as part of our Mr Bickerton and his Birds display from 2nd – 18th April so don’t miss out!

Although the museum will be closed on Friday for the Bank Holiday we will be open on Saturday as it’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend! Drop in to enjoy a simple craft, toys, books and games all for FREE in the Andrews Room.

Our Extraordinary Egyptians activities start next Tuesday! Drop in over the Easter holidays to take part in crafty activities inspired by our collections. Make a mummy mask, clay amulets and more! Different activities will run each week (Tuesday-Thursday) and activities cost just £1.50 per child, last entry 3pm.

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!)

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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?

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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!

Bengeo Stories (sneak peek)

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our Model Railway Day last Saturday, we had over 400 visitors which was wonderful for a grey March day!

This week it’s all hands on deck to put up our newest exhibition- Bengeo Stories. Scattered through this entry are a few sneak peeks at some of the panels and objects as we put them up.

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This exhibition is going to tell the story of Bengeo from its earliest days to its newest housing developments and it focuses on some of the amazing people who have lived in Bengeo over the years. There are lots of objects and pictures to see and some interesting oral history recordings to listen to as well.

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If you’re a local history fan, a Bengeo resident or just want to know more we’re releasing a book (also called Bengeo Stories) to accompany the exhibition with even more details about local families, personalities and events.

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The exhibition (and book) will be ready for viewing from this Saturday, 23rd March 2013 and it will run until the 29th June.

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Do you know these people?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thank you for all the comments we received on last week’s mystery photographs. We’ve managed to identify number 1 as St Mary’s Church in old Welwyn and we have a few leads on some of the others. If you have any more thoughts do let us know!

As you seemed to enjoy those we’ve got two more mystery pictures for you today only this time it’s the people in them we’re interested in! These two photographs were taken in the centre of Hertford, the corner of Bull Plain and Railway Street, in the 1970s and were donated to the museum last week but we’re wondering if anybody recognises any of the people in them?
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This is a short blog today as it’s been very busy here at the museum this week! Learning Officer Eleanor was one of the speakers at the Opportunities at a Time of Change: Museums Engaging Children and Young People conference in Cambridge yesterday, Curator Sara is busy editing our new book on Bengeo and putting together the exhibition to go with it and I’ve been working on a new object for our permanent galleries (more about that when we’ve got it in place!)

Don’t forget to nominate us for the 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award if you think we’re doing a good job.