Posts Tagged ‘music’

Object of the Week – Crocheted Christmas Decoration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


The museum Christmas tree has been decorated by a set of these beautiful crocheted ladies for as long as anyone here can remember! This year, inspired by these ladies, we asked our Knit & Natter group to create more decorations for us and they’ve done a great job! We have knitted decorations, crocheted baubles, a beautiful handmade sequin covered bauble and our staff have been making a host of pom poms to add to the fun!

We’re still adding to the tree but if you come to our evening of Christmas Magic on Friday 27th November you’ll be able to see the completed tree! We’re going to be open from 4 – 8pm with FREE Christmas crafts, carol singing from St Andrews Church Choir and a visit from Father Christmas himself!

You can download a copy of our timetable for the evening by clicking on the picture below. Everything is free except the visit to Father Christmas’ Grotto which is £2.50 per child.


Object of the Week: Victorian Music Greetings Card

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


We’ve been working on our next exhibition, Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage, today and amongst the records of musical instruments and posters and sheet music we also found this lovely Victorian greetings card. If you can’t read the caption it says “Music selected for our next meeting” and the songs shown include Somebody’s Waiting For Somebody, The Way to be Happy and Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again.

We’re talking to a lot of local music groups at the moment but if you’re musical and live in (or around) Hertford and think we should be talking to you then get in touch! We’re also going to have opportunities for local musicians and bands to play short sets in the museum every Saturday so if you’re interested in taking part in that contact us and ask about Gallery Sounds

This week’s events

It’s May Half Term and there’s just one day left to enjoy our Terrific Traditions activities! Drop in tomorrow from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) to make a maypole, flower garland and more for just £1.50 per child!


Our latest Hidden Hertford Walks programme is now out so take a look on our website and make sure you book your place!

You can also now book a place on our next Arts & Crafts for Adults workshops- on Wednesday 17th June we’re holding Collage workshops No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

Sound and Vision- Saving the Seventies

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

On Saturday evening Hertford Corn Exchange was rocking to the sound of Ziggy Stardust as our 1970s extravaganza Sound and Vision finally arrived!

Absolute Bowie wows the crowd at the Corn Exchange!

Absolute Bowie wows the crowd at the Corn Exchange!

If you weren’t there on Saturday then you can get a flavour of what happened by taking a look at our playlist of videos!

Our wonderful staff and volunteers were there all day shaking collection buckets, selling raffle tickets and helping share our 1970s collections with everyone who dropped by.

Do you remember any of these 1970s classics?

Do you remember any of these 1970s classics?

Visitors were also able to see the wonderful artworks that Hertford Regional College students had created inspired by the 1970s.

Franklin, Emma and Charlie with artwork by Hertford Regional College students

Franklin, Emma and Charlie with artwork by Hertford Regional College students

Best of all the event has inspired some of you to donate 1970s object to the museum collection! Don’t forget museum’s collect contemporary objects as well as antiques just check out the Collections pages of our website for more information!

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!


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.


Schrödinger’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!)

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.

Hertford Music Festival & the Musical Mystery Tour

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

It’s the 18th Hertford Music Festival this year and there’s plenty of music to choose from in venues all across Hertford! Some of our staff enjoyed Rock at the Castle on the 5th of August and we hope you all did too!

Hertford Museum is taking part once again in the town wide Musical Mystery Tour on Sunday 26th August

We will be open from 2.00 – 4.00 pm with live acoustic music from Texarse Blues and Chris Woods.

Face painter Jean Hewitt will also be here, for those of you that would like to get in the festival spirit!

Come along and enjoy the music with a glass of ‘Pimms’ in the sunshine.

If any of you take any photographs or collect any programmes on Sunday – do drop us a line! We’re always looking for things to add to our collection!

For further details of other venues and artists, log onto:

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, have fun!

Exploring the World at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

We’re halfway through the Summer Holidays now and on Week 4 of our activities! This week we’ve been exploring the world using some of the collections in the museum.

In the Andrews Room we’ve been making some amazing instruments based on some of the ones in our Where In The World case- here are a few pictures in case you haven’t made it down to the museum this week!

This rattle is from Central Africa and it's made from a gourd (a type of plant). It's been decorated with small incesions (or cuts)

This is another instrument from Central Africa made using a gourd but this time it has strings.

And here is a different kind of rattle, made in the Congo.

Have you found any interesting musical instruments on your travels this year? Let us know on facebook or twitter! We’re also still collecting holiday memories on the map in our Souvenirs exhibition so remember to fill in a post-it note and put it in place next time you visit!