Posts Tagged ‘Museums at Night’

Animal Antics!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Museums at Night event on Saturday evening! It was a wonderful evening with cocktails and 70s inspired music from Schrödinger’s Strings.


It’s Half Term next week and as usual we’re running family activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can drop in between 10.30 – 3.30 (last entry 3.00pm) and it’s only £1.50 per child!


This May our family activities have an animal theme inspired by some of our natural history collections. We’ll be making animal masks and monkey mobiles so pop in and see us (and send us a picture of yourself on facebook or twitter with your wonderful creations!)

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Saturday Night Fever at Hertford Museum!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This weekend museums across the country will be celebrating Museums at Night by holding special events and here at Hertford Museum we’re turning back time for a special Seventies evening!


Roll back the decades with us on Saturday 17th May from 6 – 9pm and enjoy music from Schrödinger’s Strings whilst trying a Harvey Wallbanger or Snowball cocktail! The events is entirelyFREE but it’s a cash bar.


There is one way to get a free drink though- have a go at our 1970s gallery trail and if you get all the answers right you’ll get a token for a free cocktail! There will be 1970s snacks including the all important cheese & pinapple and we’ll have some of our 1970s costumes on display to help you get in the mood.


And whilst you’re at the museum don’t forget to pick up a copy of our latest newsletter for more information about Sound and Vision on Saturday 14th June when we’re taking over the Corn Exchange for a Seventies Extravaganza as part of the Saving the Seventies project!


Along the Riverbank- May Half Term activities!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May Half Term is only a week away now so make sure you’ve picked up a copy of our newsletter, downloaded one from here or are keeping a close eye on our What’s On page!

Our theme for May Half Term is Along the Riverbank celebrating the four rivers that wind their way through the town- can you name them all without looking? I’ll put the answer at the bottom of this post.

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Punting on the River Beane near Cowbridge 1935

Our family craft activities run from 10:30am- 3:30pm (last entry at 3:00pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and are only £1.50 per child. Just drop in and if we can’t find space for you straight away then there’s plenty to do and see in the galleries or the museum garden.

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she'll be back?

This beautiful spider set up home by our office windows last year- I wonder if she’ll be back?

Thank you to everyone who made our Museums at Night event so much fun, especially our musicians Zöe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings. There are some wonderful pictures on our facebook page and don’t worry if you couldn’t come this time- we’ll be taking part in this year’s Hertford Musical Mystery Tour in August so you’ve got another chance to enjoy some wonderful music over a glass of wine in the museum (hopefully in the garden this time!)

Schrödinger's Strings- Museums at Night 2013

Schrödinger’s Strings- Museums at Night 2013

How many rivers were you able to remember? The four are:

  1. The Lea

  2. The Beane
  3. The Mimram
  4. The Rib

Museums at Night (and an award nomination)

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

This evening the Museums and Heritage Awards are being held in London and our fabulous Front of House Team have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Service award! Thanks to our generous friends and supporters Holly & Julie will be at the ceremony tonight- keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow to find out if we won!


Tomorrow evening is the start of Museums at Night 2013. There are events taking place all over the country between this weekend including our own special evening of acoustic music!

Zöe Phillips

Zöe Phillips

Hertford is home to many talented musicians, as the annual Hertford Music Festival showcases and Saturday 18th May we will be presenting Zöe Phillips and Schrödinger’s Strings. Come and listen to them playing between 6pm- 8pm for FREE and enjoy a glass of wine (modest price for refreshments)

Schrödinger's Strings

Schrödinger’s Strings

The whole museum will be open, including our current exhibition Bengeo Stories so drop in, have a glass of wine, listen to some music and enjoy our galleries. We hope to see you there!

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.

Museums At Night- Saturday 19th May 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This weekend sees the annual Museums at Night celebration and, as usual, Hertford Museum will be taking part!

On Saturday evening you can come along to the museum enjoy melodic, soulful songs with acoustic guitar gymnastics from Rob Clydesdale and music from harpist Steve Clear. We’ll also have wine and nibbles for you to enjoy while you listen to the music in the unique and tranquil atmosphere of Hertford Museum on a spring evening.

And it’s all for free!

Steve Clear

Harpist Steve Clear

Rob Clydesdale

Guitarist Rob Clydesdale

Where Hertford Museum
Date Saturday 19th May 2012
Time 6pm- 9pm
Price FREE

There’s no need to book, just drop in, but if you’re coming why not sign up to the event on facebook and let us know?

A week of enquiries at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

I hope everyone’s enjoying Half Term. We’ve been very busy at the museum with our Roman Invasion!

But it isn’t just holiday activities that are keeping us busy, every week we receive questions, bookings, donations and all kinds of research enquiries so we thought this week we’d let you know some of our day-to-day enquiries!

This is just a selection of what’s been going on behind the scenes over the last week.

  • We ‘ve had lots of calls asking for details of our Roman activities and 85 children took part on our first day! There are lots of fantastic masks, drawings and mosaics being created.

  • A school have contacted our Learning Officer, Eleanor, about borrowing one of our Loans Boxes. These are full of objects that children can handle as well as helpful pictures and information for teachers to use.
  • A visitor was particularly interested in the Hertingfordbury Cowper School log books on display in our Hertingfordbury and the Greens exhibition and wants to come in and look through them to try and find some members of his family who lived in the village in the 1800s.
  • We’ve taken in a loan of paintings by Lionel Horsnell, a local artist, that we’re going to have on display in May.
  • Hudsons Dentists have been talking to us about some objects they’ve donated over the years that they may be borrowing back for an anniversary exhibition (the dentist’s chair in our main gallery came from them!)
  • Our volunteers are all learning how to use our new MODEs database and we’ve had a new volunteers start as well (unfortunately she’s the last person we’ll be able to take on for a while!)
  • We’ve been finalising details for our Museums at Night event this year, it’s going to be on the 19th of May and we’ll give you more details nearer the time!

  • We’ve had several enquiries about booking our Andrews Room from different groups.
  • Planning for the Hertford Carnival is starting- we’ll be open on the day and you might see the museum involved in other ways too!
  • CP Timber have kindly donated a laptop to us that they no longer need.
  • Our latest acquisition is a One Man Band! Tony Crowley was a local celebrity who performed on several TV shows (including Opportunity Knocks and Rainbow) and who held the world record for the longest continuous session of One Man Band-ing. He died last year and his family have kindly donated his instruments and several pictures to the museum.

It’s certainly been a busy time for our new curator, Sara Taylor, to start but we’re very glad she’s here!