Posts Tagged ‘Museum Garden’

Autumn sunshine

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

It looks like autumn is really here, there’s a chill in the air and we’re starting to see drifts of leaves come in with our visitors! However there’s still one last Teas in the Garden this Saturday and it’s lovely and warm in the knot garden when it’s sunny (and if it isn’t sunny there’s space inside!)


Alongside the autumn visitors in our garden there are some wonderful woodland creatures in our shop at the moment!


Not to mention the one’s on display in Hertford and Beyond.

HAB 19 Red Deer Paris House

So there’s plenty to see and do at the museum! And we’re keeping busy behind the scenes too, we’ve raised enough money to start work on the orrery so it’s currently in pieces under the care of our wonderful conservator Francis.


Patrons Evening and remembering Martin Andrews

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Last Saturday saw our annual Patrons Evening when we have a chance to thank the wonderfully generous members of the Hertford Museum Patrons scheme and also celebrate the work that the museum has done over the last year.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

Hertford Museum staff and Patrons enjoying a drink in the Knot Garden.

We always enjoy seeing our supporters and this year was especially important to us because we have been able to make some wonderful changes to the museum garden because of money given to us by the Friends of Hertford Museum and a bequest from Martin Andrews.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

The new cupboards and bay tree in our garden.

Martin died in 2012 and on Saturday his brother Giles Andrews planted a bay tree in the museum garden in his memory. Martin and Giles, and their cousins David, are all great grandsons of one of our Founders, R.T. Andrews, and we are very grateful to have them as friends and supporters.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

David Lloyd, Giles Andrews and curator Sara Taylor.

Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews

A busy week…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

It might be almost the end of term for a lot of you but things aren’t slowing down here at the museum! We’ve had a busy week of exhibitions and conservation and videos and some exciting plans for the future!

Firstly our plans for the summer holidays are all coming together so make sure you pick up a copy of our summer leaflet from the museum or download it from our website


Our new Art of Arms exhibition is proving popular with visitors and don’t forget there are some videos with additional information on our YouTube channel (including a film from 1955 about how to make a sword!)

That isn’t the only exhibition we’ve been working on though- World of Wallace is on tour as of today! We just packed it all safely into a van for its visit to The Oxfordshire Museum. We’ll try and share some pictures of the hornbill in his new temporary home when they’ve got everything set up!


We’re also starting to look at which objects we’re going to include in our Autumn exhibition which is going to be all about machines- some scientific, some industrial and at least one old favourite that some of you who have been coming to the museum for a long time might remember!

If you’ve visited our stores in the past you’ll have seen the fabulous roman corn dryer that’s kept there. To keep it safe and looking its best it needs to be check regularly by a conservator and that took place last week so it will be all ready for our Stores Open Day in September (watch out for more details coming soon!)


And speaking of watching out- we’re hoping to make a few changes in the garden (not to our beautiful knot!) so it you’re visiting us over the summer you might get a chance to see what we’re up to.

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!

railway poster

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!

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This Sunday, 25th August, is the annual Hertford Musical Mystery Tour and as usual we’re taking part with performances from live musicians in our garden who you can enjoy whilst drinking a free glass Summer Punch (or fruit juice).

July 2013 (small)

We’re open from 2-4pm and we’ve got two great acts for you.


Schr√∂dinger’s Strings are returning to the museum after their fantastic performance at our Museums at Night event earlier this year and alongside them we’re also presenting a set by classical guitarist Alan Green.

Alan Green

Everything is free (though donations are ALWAYS welcome!) so make sure you come and join us for summer sun, music and a relaxing drink before heading off to enjoy the rest of the Musical Mystery Tour (and make sure you let us know if you enjoyed it on facebook or twitter!)

An Archaeology Extravaganza- travel into prehistory with us!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

This Saturday, 27th July from 10.30am- 3.30pm we’re launching our Summer Holiday activities with a special day of prehistoric fun!

There are lots of activities to take part in, something to keep everyone interested, and it’s all FREE.


Mr History is bringing some amazing prehistoric activities to the museum- you can have a go at painting on a cave wall, see what prehistoric people would have worn and even try hunting some prehistoric wild beasts on an indoor archery range!

Mr History (David Cadle) ready for some prehistoric fun!

Mr History (David Cadle) ready for some prehistoric fun!

If you’ve ever wondered how prehistoric people made their amazing stone weapons and tools, flintknapper James Dilley will be in the garden showing you how its done!

James Dilley in a flint quarry.

James Dilley in a flint quarry.

And if all of that isn’t enough for you we’ll have a craft activity upstairs in our galleries for you to make and take home.


Plus if you find all of that makes you thirsty and hot there will be teas & ice lollies in the garden!

And make sure you pick up a leaflet with our summer activities on it- if you come to 4 of the 5 weeks and get your leaflet stamped you’ll be entered to win a prize at the end of the summer!

Teas in the Garden

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Now that Spring really is here it’s time for our Teas in the Garden to start again!

summer garden

We serve Cakes & Scones, Tea & Coffee as well as squash for those who don’t like hot drinks so pop in for a mid-morning snack, a lovely lunchtime treat or for afternoon tea.


Date: Last Saturday of the month (starting on Saturday 27th April

Time: 11:00am- 4:00pm

Place: The Knot Garden (or the Andrews Room if wet!)

HETFM2315.1-2Weather permitting we will also be running Teas in the Garden during many of our special events over the summer (including carnival and our next booksale) so make sure you watch the website and our newsletter (next edition coming soon!) for details.

An English Celebration- Saturday 20th April

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who visited over the Easter Holidays- 344 children took part in our activities which is absolutely wonderful. Now of course it’s back to term time but there’s still plenty happening in the museum.


Last night our curator Sara Taylor gave a talk to the Friends of Hertford Museum about our current exhibition and it was standing room only! If you’re interested in joining the Friends or coming to some of their events then you’ll find full details on our website.

This Saturday Hertford is having an English Celebration in advance of St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday and the whole town will be full of activities and things to see.

Here at the museum there will be a Find the Flag trail in the galleries and at 2:15pm there will be a Robin Hood puppet show in our garden so don’t miss that!

And if none of that appeals to you then the Andrews Room has been hired on Saturday by local author Mary Rensten and she will be signing copies of her book A Handful of Straw about Jane Wenham who was put on trial as a witch in Hertford in March 1712 so pop in over lunchtime to pick up your copy.

Garden courses & Garden visitors

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Our new museum gardeners- Daisy Roots- have been at work in our Jacobean Knot Garden today and they’ve cut back all our lavender leaving us with sacks full of cuttings and a staff room filled with the most gorgeous scent! We’re hoping to have some of our lavender on sale in our shop soon so check back for more information.

And whilst we’re on the subject of gardens this seems the perfect time to tell you about our new Garden History Course.

Kate Harwood, lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London and Coservation & PLanning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust, is returning to the museum to teach a course on Tudor & Stuart Gardens in the English Renaissance. The course will run from the 4th October to the 13th December on Thursday afternoons 2.00-4.00pm and will cost £100.

We still have places left on this course so if you’re interested get in touch with the museum or pop in and pick up a registration form from our front desk!

Kate’s been a popular lecturer in the past so don’t miss out on your chance to learn from her.

Even though summer is drawing to a close our garden is still being used by lots of visitors as a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the plants or somewhere to eat lunch. Below are pictures of some of the non-human visitors who have been popping by for lunch!

This Red Admiral butterfly has been a regular visitor in the last few weeks.

Our Red Admiral posing for the camera!

Can you spot the acrobatic snail hanging upside down on our fennel?

Even though the swarm of bees we had at the start of the summer moved on there are still plenty around.

This beautiful spider seems to have set up home near our windows.

This ant isn't really a visitor, he lives in the garden all year round!

An ordinary day at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We like to keep busy at Hertford Museum and today has been particularly full!

This morning our Curator, Sara, was out buying bookshelves for our new library at our Stores. We’ve cleaned out the room that is going to become the library and carpeted it but now we need shelves to house all the books! If you come along to our Open Stores Day on Saturday 14th July you’ll be able to see how far along our plans are!

Our old Library- you can see why it needed more space and more shelves!

While she was doing that Assistant Curator Sarah was at a meeting of the Hertfordshire Museums Group where we share ideas and news with other local museums. This meeting also involved lots of presentations on projects funded by the Hertfordshire Museums Partnership Small Grant Scheme- our project was updating Modes, the computer programme we use to document our collections, and training our volunteers to use it.

St Catherines School, Hoddesdon, playing with the toys in one of our loans boxes

Our Learning Officer Eleanor has been talking to schools today about our loans boxes- these are themed boxes of objects that schools can borrow to use in their classrooms. We have several on themes including Beside the Seaside, Toys of the Past & Egyptians and we are now involved in a project to research how schools make use of them.

And everyone else has been busy too. Connie our Finance Officer has been updating our accounts whilst our Museum Support Assistants, Julie & Holly, have been looking after the shop and the front desk and answering enquiries (you can read about the kinds of things we get asked in this post from February) and in the garden Alison is clipping the box hedges that make up our knot garden- it’s looking beautiful and green at the moment after all that rain!

The museum knot garden two years ago, visit us to see how much it's grown!

And after all of that this afternoon we’ve been discussing an exhibition we’ll be holding next year on Bengeo! We’ll talk more about the exhibition much nearer the time but we’ve got lots of ideas already.