Posts Tagged ‘RNLI trail’

Underwater adventures!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

We hope you’re all enjoying the Easter Holidays so far? Here at the museum we’ve been overrun with underwater creatures! There are octupuses and starfish in the Andrews Room and an ichthyosaur (an underwater dinosaur) in our window!

We’ve got sea and water based activities on this week and next on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10:30am- 3:30pm. It’s only £1.50 per child and you can make all sorts of exciting things.

To add to the Easter excitement this Saturday sees the return of Afternoon Tea at the Museum. Tea & cake are served from 11am- 4pm every Saturday and this year we’re going to have fresh coffee as well! If it’s sunny you can enjoy a cup of tea in our lovely garden and if it’s raining (or snowing!) there’s plenty of space inside.

And as if that wasn’t enough our Museum & RNLI Trail also started at the weekend so the sea and coastline are popping up all over Hertford! We’ve already had some answer sheets back so make sure you come in and buy yours (£1 for a family trail or an adult one). So far we’ve mostly had answers back from the children so it’s time for the grown ups to catch up!

Planning for the Easter Holidays at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It feels like Spring is definitely here, in fact at the moment it feels like Summer is here, and that means it must be nearly time for the Easter Holidays!

As usual there’s plenty to do at Hertford Museum over the holidays.

Cartoon OctopusCopyright Mark A. Hicks

Under the Sea craft activities

Take part in craft activities themed around all things aquatic! Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th and Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th April 2012

Cartoon boy swimming underwater

Our activities run from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm and cost £1.50 per child, drop-in

In week one you can make a paper plate port hole and an octopus or starfish and in week two we’ll be painting underwater scenes and making a cork boat!

Hertford Museum & RNLI Easter Trail

Have a go at this trail around some of Hertford’s shops and businesses from Saturday 31st March – Sunday 15th April

Hertford Museum has teamed up with a local RNLI fundraising group to organise another fun trail around the town centre shops. This year the trail, which runs over the Easter Holidays, has the shops each choosing a lifeboat station around the UK as the theme for their display. There will also be two trails this year! Our usual one for families and a trickier, cryptic, one for adults!

Trails cost £1 each and are on sale at the museum.

RNLI Lifeboat 'Maurice & Joyce Hardy'
© Copyright Natalia A McKenzie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A week in the life of our Learning Officer

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Hi my name is Eleanor Payne and my job as Learning Officer at Hertford Museum is to work with school and family groups (amongst many others!) to encourage them to engage in the museum in a meaningful way. This week has been a really mixed bag (like most weeks!). Here is a flavour of what I have been up to…

On Monday I attended a seminar on the changes facing schools over the next few years; whether or not to become academies and how the ever-changing requirements by the government affect them on a daily, termly and annual basis. It was a really interesting morning organised by SHARE (Support, Help and Advice from Renaissance East) in Luton for museum educators. It is really important to me to keep up to date with the current agendas schools are facing to ensure we can respond to their changing circumstances and needs appropriately. That afternoon it was back to the ranch for a team chat about our forthcoming exhibitions programme with the curatorial team; I was really keen to give an input from a family audience perspective, the next focus being our souvenirs exhibition and to make it as interactive as possible!

On Tuesday I ran our monthly Toddler session ‘Toddler Tuesday’ with Dawn, one of our fabulous volunteers. The theme was Leaping Frogs and all the children were able to make a frog on a lily pad to take home, as well as enjoy stories and play with our traditional wooden toys.

Wednesday saw a visit from Middleton School in Ware, who brought their Year 2 class to try on lots of different old fashioned costumes. Lots of fun was had with boaters, tops hats, mob caps and aprons! Many schools visit us at the museum, booking a session like this and sometimes I go and deliver an outreach session in school; it all depends on what the school requires (take a look at our schools pages for further information on the sessions we currently offer).

I then had a great meeting at the Town Council, finalising our plans for the Teddy bear’s picnic that is happening at Hertford Castle on Sunday 17th June. Later that afternoon Sara Taylor (our curator) and I met with a lady from Selections Adult Learning partnership on how we can develop future partnership working both at the adult learning centre based at Sele School and at the museum.

St Dominic’s Catholic School from Harpenden visited us on Thursday to explore Tilly’s Toy Box. Their Years 1 class is currently learning about old toys so the hand-on approach to learning, where they can play with and explore old and old fashioned toys worked excellently. We have received some funding from SHARE to improve the way we engage with families at the museum, so Sara and I had a meeting in the afternoon to discuss future plans for interactives in the galleries and Saturday stay and play sessions at the museum…watch this space for further details later in the Spring!

Friday was a beautiful sunny day, which was fortunate because Sarah Keeling (our Assistant Curator), some volunteers and I took to the streets to finalise the entrants for the town trail we are organising in conjunction with the RNLI over Easter. We are asking local shops to create a small display in their window on the theme of a town that has an RNLI lifeboat station; we will then be writing trails that will encourage our visitors to take a stroll round the shops. All shops are generously donating to be involved and we will be selling the trails at the museum. All proceed with be split between the two charities.

Phew! Well there you have it, a week in the life of me!

Hertford Museum & RNLI Town Trail

Friday, February 3rd, 2012


This Easter we are teaming up with the RNLI to create our town trail- following on from the successes of our Scarecrow and Doctor Who trails.

The trail has an RNLI theme and any money raised will be split between the RNLI and the museum.

RNLI Lifeboat stations in the UK

Shops are being asked to put up a small display based on one of the towns attached to a lifeboat station and then we will be creating two trails, one for adults and one for children, which will take you round all of the window displays and ask some questions!

Today some (very well wrapped up!) museum staff and RNLI volunteers delivered letters to many town centre businesses and we’ve already had 7 towns snapped up so if you own a town centre shop or business and want to get involved then call us ASAP!

We’ll let you know more about the trails (and some exciting prizes) as well as our other Easter Holiday activities nearer the time!