Posts Tagged ‘Model Railway Day’

Object of the week: Model Railway set

Friday, June 19th, 2015


Model Railway sets have always been popular toys and this beautiful tin signal box is part of a large collection of track, trains and scenery which was played with, and then given to the museum by, the great grandchildren of R.T. Andrews, one of Hertford Museum’s founders.


Although this set isn’t on display at the moment you can come and see lots of model railway displays in the museum this weekend at our Model Railway Day. The sets will be on display in the Andrews Room this Saturday 20th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm and visiting them is complete free!


This week’s events

There are just 10 days till our Watton at Stone exhibition closes so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

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!)

If you’re looking for some musical entertainment this weekend why not buy a ticket for Hertford Choral Society‘s summer concert. The Choral Society are one of our exhibition sponsors this summer and a small group of them will be performing for our first Gallery Sounds afternoon in the 11th July!

Object of the week: Building the link between Hertford East & Hertford North

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Today’s object is one of the photographs available to view (and buy!) on our Photograph Kiosk. We have a wonderful collection of images of the stations and railways lines in and around Hertford including stations that no longer exists like Cowbridge Station and this image of the line that joined Hertford North to Hertford East.

Building the railway link between Hertford North and Hertford East, 1926.

Building the railway link between Hertford North and Hertford East, 1926.

Drop into the museum on Saturday and the Andrews Room will be full of Model Railway layouts for you to look at (and maybe even have a go on one!). The displays ware all completely free so come and visit us and take a look at the models and then have a look on our Kiosk at our huge photograph collection.

This week’s events:

This Saturday’s Model Railway Day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm and is completely free. Come and visit the displays and let us know which was your favourite!

Our Inspired By Bickerton competition is still open, we’ve had some amazing entries from back gardens as well as wilder locations so check out the rules and get snapping! The deadline is March 23rd so you’ve still got time!

The Friends of Hertford Museum talk this month is on The Diary of John Carrington by Gill Cordingley. John Carrington was a farmer from Bramfield and his diary gives a detailed account of the lives of ordinary people in the 18th century. The talk is on Tuesday 17 March at 8 pm in the St Andrews Centre. Tickets are free for FOHM members and £2 for guests (available on the door)

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!

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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.

Christmas comes to the museum!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

On Friday evening 841 of you visited our Christmas Spectacular! It was an amazing evening with the Christmas Lights being switched on in town, St Andrews Church Choir singing carols for us, some amazingly glittery crafts coming out of the Andrews Room and best of all Santa Claus himself was here!


If you missed out on seeing Santa last week then don’t despiar- he’s agreed to come and visit the children of Hertford again on Saturday 13th December as part of our Christmas Model Railway Day! He’ll be here from 10.30- 12.00 and then again from 2.00 – 4.00 so check out our website for full details!

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Also on our website are details of our other Christmas events from a very sparkly Christmas Toddler Morning to our Handmade Christmas family activities on the 23rd December! You can also find out about our regular Knit & Natter day (with mince pies as its nearly Christmas!) and don’t forget Rise of the Machines is still on!


And if all of that isn’t enough then we’re also posting a Hertford Museum Advent Calendar online this year with a different object from our collections posted each day! You can check it out on facebook or on twitter with the hashtag #HMAdvent.

Today's Advent Calendar object- a Saxon silver penny!

Today’s Advent Calendar object- a Saxon silver penny!

Spring Model Railway Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring finally seems to be here and even our knot garden has had a spring clean!

March 2014 (2)

March also means it’s time for one of our Model Railway Days. If you haven’ visited on a Model Railways Day before make sure you pop in to see a wide variety of model railway layouts, speak to our railways enthusiasts and maybe even have a go at driving a train yourself!

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Finally this week we have a quick warning- we’re having a new phone system installed in the museum this week. Our phone line should remain open throughout however it may need to be switched off for a short period at some stage (we’ll try and warn you on twitter & facebook if that happens). If you have a problem contacting us by phone then either wait 10 minutes and try again or email us at Thank you for your patience!

The Collections Trust (and our Christmas Model Railway Day)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Eagle eyed followers will have noticed that today is Thursday instead of our regular Wednesday blog, sorry!

Yesterday Sarah (our Assistant Curator) was at a Collections Trust conference about Digital Asset Management. The conference was looking at all of the digital assets (photographs, video, sound files, word documents, object records etc.) that museum’s care for now and how they can be best stored, looked after and used. It’s an issue that is becoming increasingly important for museums and we were very lucky to be given a free place thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Museum's are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we're still learning how best to store digital objects!

Museum’s are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we’re still learning how best to store digital objects!

Hopefully over the next few years we will be finding better ways to make sure all of our “digital” collections are properly stored and working out how to share them with you- don’t forget you can already look through digital copies of most of our photographs on the Photograph Kiosk at the museum (and prints of these pictures make wonderful, personal Christmas presents!)

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk-  Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

Yesterday was also our Cake Sale for the Philippines and we raised over £50 but there’s still money coming in so we’ll let you know the full total next week!


Don’t forget this weekend, Saturday 30th November, it’s our Christmas Model Railway Day. There will be festive train layouts for you to see (and maybe have a try yourself) from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and it’s always a popular day so don’t miss out!


Hertford Carnival (and the last week of Bengeo Stories)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It’s the last week of our Bengeo Stories exhibition so if you haven’t seen it already make sure you visit us by Saturday 29th June which is it’s last day! And don’t forget there is a new book about Bengeo out as well and there are still copies available.

Last weekend it was the Hertford Carnival and despite some rather depressing looking weather forecasts the week before the sun shone and the crowds came out! Our staff & volunteers arrived at the museum early to put our float together.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

The float then set off to the Mead Lane Industrial Estate to get ready for the procession. The crowds on the route were huge and enthusiastic- if you gave us a wave or took one of our flyers then thank you! We didn’t win any of the prizes but there were some amazing entries.

Hertford Museum's float in the Carnival procession.

Hertford Museum’s float in the Carnival procession.

Back at the museum we were keeping busy as well with a model railway day. We had nearly 600 people visit during the afternoon!

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

And it wasn’t just the model railway sets that people came for, we were also serving Tea & Cake in our garden which was welcomed by people who had stood watching the carnival and now had sore feet!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

It’s the last Saturday of the month this weekend so there will be Teas in the Garden running again (and if the sun doesn’t last they’ll be in the Andrews Room so don’t miss out on our fabulous homemade cakes and scones!)

Hertford Carnival and Model Railway Day!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The sun is out and it’s gloriously warm today, let’s hope it’s like this again on Sunday for the 2013 Hertford Carnival!


As you can see we’re working hard on our float with its Asterix theme so make sure you wave to us during the parade on Sunday. It starts at the Mead Lane Industrial Estate at 2pm and winds its way through town to finish at Hartham Common.


The Museum will be open specially on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm so come and see us before or after the parade (or during it if you want some peace and quiet!)

Just like last year there will be plenty to see as we’re combining the fun of carnival with a Model Railway Day!


Sunday will also be the start of the Bengeo Stories exhibition last week, it closes on the 29th June AND if that isn’t enough there will also be Teas in the Garden whilst we’re open!


Model Railway Day (and the end of China in the East)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This is the last week of our China in the East exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, or want to come back for a closer look, then Saturday is your last chance!

And don’t forget if you know any knitters (or crocheters) that our Knit & Natter group has it’s March meeting tomorrow (Thursday) from 10:30-12:30 so do drop in!

This Saturday, 16th March, it’s Model Railway Day!


tren_train_black_white_line_art_christmas_xmas_electronics_toy-555px If you haven’t visited us for a Model Railway Day before then you’re in for a treat. Our Railway days are always popular with lots of layouts to see, trails to do and a model train you can try driving yourself! In May Reg Harman, one of the organisers of our Model Railway days, ill be giving a talk on New England Railroad Travel and we’ll have the date of that and more details available from Saturday!

Next week we’ll be putting up the Bengeo Stories exhibition so hopefully we’ll have a sneak peek for you. The book to accompany the exhibition is being printed today as well so make sure you’re friends with us on facebook and/or twitter for details of the books release!

Christmas Model Railway Day (and Christmas knitting)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This is a knitted “paper” chain made by visitors to our first Hertford Museum Knit and Natter session! It’s on display in our Christmas gallery now so see if you can spot it next time you visit!

We were held this special knitting event to celebrate the arrival of the St Albans Cathedral Knitivity to the museum. This toddler sized nativity set was knitted entirely from wool by Ann Hudson and it will be in the museum from today until 8th December so make sure you visit in the next few days to see it (any children in nativity plays can take a picture with the woollen version of their character!)

On Saturday 8th December, while the Knitvity is still here, it’s time for our Christmas Model Railway Day! All your favourite train sets and displays will be at the museum and looking especially festive so visit us from 10:30am- 3.30pm to take part.

Entry is free (but we always welcome donations!)