Posts Tagged ‘Mr Bickerton and his Birds’

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.

Lost Buildings

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.

Object of the week: Map Stamp (Ireland)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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We’re a day late for St Patrick but our object of the week is this wonderful stamp of a map of Ireland. This stamp is one of a collection of 12 stamps that were used at Abel Smith School. The stamps were rescued by the schools’ caretaker, Mr Tarplee, and donated to the museum last year. The stamps include maps from across the world such as India, Africa, Australia and closer to home a set of England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland and one of the complete British Isles.

Do you remember using map stamps in geography lessons?

This week’s events:

The deadline for our Inspired By Bickerton competition is Saturday 21st March so this is your last chance to enter! 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!

Next week is #MuseumWeek on twitter and we’ll be taking part with lots of tweets, pictures and behind the scenes information! You can find out the theme for each day on their website

Our next exhibition High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone is approaching fast, if you live in Watton and have any objects, photographs or stories you’d like to share with us then please get in touch!

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.

Object of the week: Hertford Post Office

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Here at the museum we’ve been saddened at the news that Hertford Post Office is being forced to close and so we thought we’d share two photographs of the Post Office in its earliest days with you.

Laying the foundation stone of the Post Office, Fore Street, Hertford, in 1889.

Laying the foundation stone of the Post Office, Fore Street, Hertford, in 1889.

Post office staff outside the Hertford Post Office, Fore Street, 1900

Post office staff outside the Hertford Post Office, Fore Street, 1900

The Hertfordshire Mercury are running a petition to save the Post Office- visit their website for further information and the latest news on exactly when the doors of the Post Office will shut!

This week’s events:

  • Mr Bickerton and his Birds, our new photography exhibition, opens it’s doors this Saturday, 31st January 2015.
  • The Hertford Country Market will be back at the Museum this Friday morning after its winter break.
  • Our public internet access will be back from the start of next week.