Posts Tagged ‘Newsletter’

Object of the week: Saxon Disc Brooch (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Although our Watton at Stone exhibition closes this weekend this beautiful 7th century Saxon disc brooch is on permanent display in our Timeline case (upstairs and turn left!).

Watton brooch

It was found by a metal detectorist prior to the construction of the Watton bypass, as Tony Rook remembers:

I said to him, where was it he found it and he said “Oh it was over there somewhere”, waving in the direction of the farm, so we’ve no idea where he actually found it and I said, “Well why didn’t you mark it?” And he said, “Well I didn’t think you were interested, I thought you were only interested in coins!” So that’s a bit frustrating there.

This week’s events

High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone his weekend 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!

Check out our What’s On page or our updated newsletter for details of LOTS of special events coming up in the next few months from evening talks to family activities and including LOTS of music! There are still more details to come too so keep following us on social media and sign up to our mailing list for latest infomation!

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!)

Regular events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Often in these blogs we talk about upcoming special events or new exhibitions but there are lots of events and activities that happen regularly at the museum so today we want to share some of them with you!


This Friday sees the return of the Hertford Country Market! The market fills our Andrews Room (and spills outside in the summer) every Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 and you can buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

stay and play

The on Saturday it’s the first Saturday of the month which makes it a Stay & Play Saturday. The Andrews Room will be open for families to enjoy our traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too? Best of all this activity is entirely FREE!

Toddler Tuesday

Once a month we also hold a Toddler Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30 am where you and your toddler can take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! The sessions are only £1.50 per child including refreshments for all but you must book in advance!

knit and natter

For grown ups we also hold a Knit & Natter on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum and you can share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.


Details of all of these regular events, along with our one-off events, can be found in our Newsletter or on our What’s On page or you can sign up for our eNewsletter which we send out about once a month!

Wallace Talk & Book Sale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

If you’ve somehow missed all of our posters & tweets & facebook posts & press releases about this evening’s World of Wallace event at Hertford Theatre then here are the details again:

What?‘The World of Wallace’- An evening of illustrated talks on Alfred Russel Wallace with Errol Fuller and Dr Sandra Knapp
Where? Hertford Theatre
When?Wednesday 15th January 2014, 7.30 pm
How much? £10. No concessions.Tickets available on the door.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

And that’s the last time we’ll plug it (I promise!) We’re just getting together some merchandise we’ll be selling this evening and waiting for our two speakers to arrive now and then it’s show time!


If you’re not coming along tonight then there’s still plenty happening at the museum! Our January Newsletter is available to download from our website or you can pick up a copy if you’re passing and there are events for everyone over the next few months from toddlers to those who remember the 1970s and from walkers to those who enjoy knitting and nattering!


This Saturday, 18th January we’re holding another Book Sale where you can pick up a book from our pre-loved selection and help support your museum at the same time! It runs from 10.00am – 4.00pm and when you’ve looked at all our secondhand books make sure you take a look around our shop as well because (as of today) we have a new edition of Alfred Russel Wallace: His Life and Work on offer for just £3!

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Autumn Newsletter- Dates for your Diary!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The summer has flown by, if you haven’t seen the wonderful pictures of our summer activities on facebook then do take a look!

Sadly the start of September means it’s time to say goodbye to our Hertford County Hospital exhibition (you’ve got until Saturday for one last visit!) but there’s so much happening this autumn at Hertford Museum there won’t be time to miss it!

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Children playing in the Hertford County Hospital exhibition this summer.

Our latest newsletter is now out and you can download it from our website or pick up a copy at the museum and it’s FULL of exhibitions, walks, talks, events and activities. Our next exhibition 18 Bull Plain opens on Saturday 14th September with a special Birthday Party celebrating our 100th anniversary in this building and after that it’s only 6 weeks till our World of Wallace exhibition opens!

Bull Plain in 1904

Hertford Museum in Bull Plain, 1904

We’ll be talking a lot about Alfred Russel Wallace over the next couple of months so make sure you’re following us on facebook, twitter (and youtube!) so you hear about everything that’s happening first.

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

Our Knit & Natter group are working on some special Alfred Russel Wallace projects at the moment- come along and have a go!

But before all of that it’s Stay and Play Saturday this week and our Knit & Natter group starts back after it’s summer break on Thursday 12th September so make sure you check out our newsletter or What’s On page and we hope to see you soon…

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!

Souvenirs of summer and getting ready for a new term

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This is the last of our Six Weeks of Summer Fun and the last week of our Souvenirs Exhibition as well so we thought it would be a good chance to share some memories with you!

Week one- Metropolitan Madness
To celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology, visitors made platters and clay pots in this unique 17th century yellow and brown pattern from the Harlow area.

Animal Magic Mobile Petting Zoo

We had a great time on Saturday 28th July welcoming Animal Magic and all their fabulous animals to Hertford Museum to kick off our summer programme of family events!

Week two- Animal Crackers

This week we made monkey pen pots and jungle collages, inspired by the animals on show in our Natural History display.

Week three- Fossil Frenzy

In our busiest week of the summer holidays, 180 children made their own fossils by painting pebbles.

Visitors also created fossil collages and could even play in our sand pits; complete with dinosaur sand moulds!

Week four- Explore the World in a Day

Believe it or not, Hertford Museum has a lot of things in it’s collection that come from places very far away, such as Japan, Africa, and even Australia!

This week, we made Samurai masks, musical instruments and completed quizzes to celebrate this collection.

Week five- Super Sleuths

Hertford Museum needed lots of help cracking the codes on our Super Sleuth week.

With coded alphabet jumbles to unscramble, ‘I-Spy’ games to crack, and magic magnifying glasses and spy books to made, visitors were very busy spies indeed!

Week six- Summer Souvenirs

To celebrate the last week of our souvenirs exhibition, visitors made badges and home made postcards to commemorate their summer memories. Connected activities were held at Courtyard Arts too!

What was the best bit of your summer?

And now summer is nearly over we’re getting ready for autumn there are lots of new things to look forward to such as new Toddler Tuesdays dates, another Stores Open Day (8th September), A Brief History of Food and Drink (our contribution to the Hertford Food & Drink Festival on the 13th October) and then it’s time for October Half Term!

Please pick up a newsletter at reception or download a copy from our website for further details

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Hello everyone, we hope you’re all settling back into your usual routine now we are well and truly into 2012!

Something to keep you occupied on a cold dark winter evening is our January newsletter which is out now! It includes information on our new exhibition on Hertingfordbury & The Greens which opens this Saturday 14th January as well as all the usual updates, news and events.

Hertford Museum Newsletter January 2012

There are still places available on our new Adult Learning course: ‘Romans to Utopians: Hertfordshire gardens though the Ages’ by Kate Harwood.

It isn’t in the newsletter as it starts starts next Wednesday 18th January for ten weeks. But if you are interested please contact use ASAP on 01992 582686 or

Course Details

Dates: Wednesdays 2- 4pm January 18th , 25th; February 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th; March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cost: £90 inclusive

The Lecturer: Kate Harwood is Lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London. Her subject is garden history of any period and she is teaching ‘Victorian Gardens’ at Letchworth after Christmas. Kate is also Conservation & Planning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and is knowledgeable about historic landscapes in Hertfordshire.

The Course: Hertfordshire has been very fortunate in having many different styles of gardens from Roman through Medieval and Tudor to 18th century landscapes, 19th century bedding out up to the many Arts and Crafts gardens and the Garden City Movement This course will explore the history of gardens over the period with examples taken from sites in Hertfordshire. It will also help you to research and discover the history of gardens yourself with the aid of maps, illustrations, Hertfordshire Archives and the internet.