Posts Tagged ‘Photographs’

Object of the Week: The Andrews family on the beach

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

With the temperatures high as they are today we tough the perfect picture for this week’s object of the week would be one of R.T. Andrews, one of our founders, and his family sitting on the beach!

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The Andrews family left a large collection of glass plate negatives to the museum including several of their family holidays to the coast. The children in these pictures are R.T Andrews’ grandchildren Nellie and baby Leslie with their mother Gussie and their father H.C. Andrews who later took over the museum from his father. Nellie is the start of one of our most popular School Workshops- Nellie’s Toy Box

Andrews Family Holidays - Family Beach Scene.

This week’s events

It’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend and as it’s the 4th of July our craft activity will have a red, white and blue theme! Drop in 10.30am-4.30pm to have a go and also play with our traditional toys and books.

We said a sad goodbye to Connie Taylor or Finance Officer this week. Connie has been with the museum for over 13 years so she will be much missed (though she’s still going to be selling her delicious cakes & biscuits at the Hertford Country Market every Friday!)

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 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com for more details (all musical styles are welcome but we’re looking for small, acoustic groups to fit in our gallery!)

Photograph of the Week: Holden du Cros factory (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

HETFM6334.5 Holden Du Cros Ltd., Watton-At-Stone

Our next exhibition, High Streets and Hedgerows: Watton at Stone opens on Saturday and one of the things we’ve been told by several residents is that on particularly hot days you can still smell smoked salmon as you walk past the site of the old Holden du Cros Ltd. factory! We’ve got several photographs in the exhibition of workers at the factory (and if you recognise any of them we’d love to know names!) as well as some recorded memories of life in the factory.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd Mary – Saturday 27th June so pop in and learn about the people and places that make Watton at Stone special.

This week’s events

As well as our new exhibition opening this Saturday it’s also Stay and Play Saturday, come and play with some of our traditional toys and this month our craft activity has a toy theme too. It’s all free so drop in and have a go!

If you want to see some of the THOUSANDS of objects our collections volunteers are working on at the moment come to our Stores Open Day on Saturday 9th May. Make sure you put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!

If you want to know what we’ve been up to over the past year our Annual Report 2014-2015 is available to download from our website.

Sketches and Photographs

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

One type of enquiry we receive on a daily basis is from people looking for a photograph or sketch or painting of a place they know- sometimes it’s their house or street and sometimes it’s a well known site in their town or village- and the first place we always direct them is to our Kiosk where it’s possible to browse through hundreds (if not thousands!) of images from our photograph collection and then buy a copy.

View near Braughing, Hertford shire- James Wilcox

View near Braughing, Hertford shire- James Wilcox

But it isn’t only photographs that people are interested in and this month one of our fabulous volunteers has started to scan sketches and paintings in our collection by local arts James Wilcox. Wilcox drew many local churches and houses (and stations!) i the nineteenth century and when they’ve all been scanned and carefully checked they will also be available to browse through and purchase!

Sketch of Stortford Railway Station in the early 1840s- James Wilcox

Sketch of Stortford Railway Station in the early 1840s- James Wilcox

Of course this week there’s art of another kind being made at the museum- our family activities over Easter are all transport themed and you’ve got one more day to visit the museum and make a boat collage or a picture of a penny farthing with a moving wheel! Next week we’ll have new activities for you to try!

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The Collections Trust (and our Christmas Model Railway Day)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Eagle eyed followers will have noticed that today is Thursday instead of our regular Wednesday blog, sorry!

Yesterday Sarah (our Assistant Curator) was at a Collections Trust conference about Digital Asset Management. The conference was looking at all of the digital assets (photographs, video, sound files, word documents, object records etc.) that museum’s care for now and how they can be best stored, looked after and used. It’s an issue that is becoming increasingly important for museums and we were very lucky to be given a free place thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Museum's are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we're still learning how best to store digital objects!

Museum’s are very good at storing and caring for physical objects but we’re still learning how best to store digital objects!

Hopefully over the next few years we will be finding better ways to make sure all of our “digital” collections are properly stored and working out how to share them with you- don’t forget you can already look through digital copies of most of our photographs on the Photograph Kiosk at the museum (and prints of these pictures make wonderful, personal Christmas presents!)

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk-  Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the many photographs that are available on our Photograph Kiosk- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

Yesterday was also our Cake Sale for the Philippines and we raised over £50 but there’s still money coming in so we’ll let you know the full total next week!

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Don’t forget this weekend, Saturday 30th November, it’s our Christmas Model Railway Day. There will be festive train layouts for you to see (and maybe have a try yourself) from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and it’s always a popular day so don’t miss out!

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Do you know these people?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thank you for all the comments we received on last week’s mystery photographs. We’ve managed to identify number 1 as St Mary’s Church in old Welwyn and we have a few leads on some of the others. If you have any more thoughts do let us know!

As you seemed to enjoy those we’ve got two more mystery pictures for you today only this time it’s the people in them we’re interested in! These two photographs were taken in the centre of Hertford, the corner of Bull Plain and Railway Street, in the 1970s and were donated to the museum last week but we’re wondering if anybody recognises any of the people in them?
1970s Hertford a
1970s Hertford b

This is a short blog today as it’s been very busy here at the museum this week! Learning Officer Eleanor was one of the speakers at the Opportunities at a Time of Change: Museums Engaging Children and Young People conference in Cambridge yesterday, Curator Sara is busy editing our new book on Bengeo and putting together the exhibition to go with it and I’ve been working on a new object for our permanent galleries (more about that when we’ve got it in place!)

Don’t forget to nominate us for the 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award if you think we’re doing a good job.

Mystery Photographs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

As any visitors who have looked through our Photograph Kiosk will know Hertford Museum has a very large collection of photographs, postcards and glass plate negatives. The vast majority of our images are catalogued and available to look through on the Kiosk but over the years some images have slipped through the net.

One example of this is a collection of 8 photographic albums which were donated to the museum in 1935 by A.J. Young. The albums were marked and catalogued but the photographs inside were never looked at and scanned so over the last two or three years our volunteers have been trying to identify and catalogue them all. In total there were nearly 1500 photographs of buildings and streets all across Hertfordshire (and sometimes outside) and from notes in the albums and local knowledge Liz, the volunteer who has worked on most of the albums, has identified almost all of them however there are a few that still mystify us and so today I’m going to share these images in the hope that someone else might recognise them!

If you do have any clues as to where these churches & other buildings might be PLEASE let us know (and if you can solve these mysteries we may have some more for you later on!)

We think this church and war memorial are in Hertfordshire somewhere.

1. We think this church and war memorial are in Hertfordshire somewhere.


This memorial commemorates the death in a fire of a group of 'young people'. It may be in the same village as the church above.

2. This memorial commemorates the death in a fire of a group of ‘young people’. It may be in the same village as the church above.

This church seems to have a lot of visitors outside and...

3. This church seems to have a lot of visitors outside and…

... some very nice memorials inside.

4. … some very nice memorials inside.

Another mystery church or chapel.

5. Another mystery church or chapel.

This interior is on the same page as the church above but may not be the same place!

6. This interior is on the same page as the church above but may not be the same place!

This seems to be a closer look at the memorial in the photograph above.

7. This seems to be a closer look at the memorial in the photograph above.

This large barn is possibly a tithe barn but do you know where it is (or was!)

8. This large barn is possibly a tithe barn but do you know where it is (or was!)

And finally a mystery house from somewhere in the county.

9. And finally a mystery house from somewhere in the county.

You can click on each image for a slightly larger version and if you have any ideas, or know anyone who might be able to help, then get in touch!

The Hertford Museum Photograph Kiosk

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I wonder how many of you have ever tried using our Photograph Kiosk?

When you come into the museum and head towards our Exhibition Gallery and the public access computers you may have noticed another touchscreen computer on your right. If you haven’t then make sure you take a look next time you visit because on that computer is almost every photograph in the Hertford Museum collection. That’s over 10,000 images at your fingertips!

We’ve got photographs of the town centre spanning the last century, photographs of towns and villages in the area, photographs of big events in Hertford such as royal visits and photographs from the Hertfordshire Regiment collection.

You can search through the pictures on your own to get an idea of what we have and if you find a picture you’d like to have you can order prints for £5 an image.

Why not see if you can find your house or street 50 years ago or take a look at how different some parts of Hertford looked before buildings were pulled down and new roads were built. There are some examples below- can you work out exactly where they were taken from and what the view looks like today?

Mill Bridge, Town Mill House and Castle Cinema on left before the rebuilding of Mill Bridge in 1926

Salisbury Square

Parliament Row, looking South

If you’re a local history fan then don’t forget that this Saturday morning Peter Ruffles is launching his new DVD Peter Ruffles’ Hertford 3: The Story of the Ware Road area about the original Priory Fields with reminiscences from local people.

The DVD will also be on sale in the Museum shop and we’re offering a special 10% discount to anyone who buys Priory Fields the book alongside the DVD!

The Olympic Torch comes to Hertford!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

This Saturday, 7th July the Olympic Torch Relay will be coming through Hertford!

You can look up the exact route of the torch on the London 2012 website but it will be arriving in Hertford around 10:15am and travelling along Fore Street, down Market Street and then back along Railway Street before heading out along the Ware Road.

If you’re in town to see the Torch go by then we’d love to see any photographs you take to add to our collection!

We have lots of photographs showing the range of Hertford’s sporting past so here are a few to get you in the Olympic mood!

Tennis courts in the Hertford Castle Grounds c1910-1915

Hertford Cricket Club, 1889

Hertford Criterion Cycle Race, Hertford County Day, passing the Sportsman pub

There’s even a connection between the area and the 1908 London Olympics- Lord Desborough was one of the funders of the 1908 Games and he sold part of the Panshanger Estate to help raise money for it. He was also a keen sportsman himself and represented in England at fencing in the 1906 (Intercalated) Summer Olympics in Athens.

1908 London Olympic Stadium (courtesy of HALS- DIERV F25)

And don’t forget it’s the first Saturday of the month so it’s a Stay and Play Saturday when we’ll have lots of toys out in the Andrews Room as well as some Sports themed colouring activities.

Stay and Play Saturday in the Andrews Room

Jubilee celebrations in Hertford

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Dinner, Corn Exchange, 1887

How did everyone enjoy the Jubilee Bank Holidays? Whether you were involved in Jubilee activities or just enjoying the time off (even if it did rain) we hope you all had a great long weekend!

Now the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are coming to a close we’d love to see any pictures you have of street parties, decorated houses or any other celebrations in Hertford & East Hertfordshire. As you cans ee we’ve got a few photographs from Queen Victoria’s Golden & Diamond Jubilees but it would be nice to add some from Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

If you have any then get in touch on twitter, facebook, email (hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com), phone (01992 582686) or pop in and see us!

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897

And if you’re not quite ready to stop the celebrations yet then come to the museum tomorrow (Thursday) to make a special photoframe for your pictures as well as your very own Corgi puppet!