Posts Tagged ‘School Holidays’

Countdown to World of Wallace

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Our World of Wallace exhibition opens in just 10 days time so we’re all very busy at the moment making sure that everything is ready in time! For this week’s blog we thought we’d give you an idea of all of the different things that need to come together when we put on an exhibition.

Firstly after months of research we’ve written all of the text panels and our wonderful designer, Nigel at M Star Graphics, has put the text and images together and now we’re just waiting for the finished panels from the printer.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen.

We’re using a lot of natural history objects from our collection for this exhibition and so we’ve had teams of volunteers cleaning some of them whilst the more fragile specimens have gone away to be looked after by professional conservators and the final few objects are being returned this week.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

It’s not just our own objects in this exhibition though, we’re receiving loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Natural History Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science, the Royal Entomological Society and the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology! All of these loans have to be collected, brought back to the museum and carefully checked to make sure we know what condition they are in.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

In the exhibition there will also be some fantastic interactive elements for our younger visitors and these have had to be designed, artwork drawn for them, instructions written and they should be arriving at the museum any day now.

Some pieces from our "Design your own Bird of Paradise" interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Some pieces from our “Design your own Bird of Paradise” interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Then alongside all of that we have to plan for our preview (if you want to come to a museum preview you need to join the Friends or Patrons!), organise all of the events running alongside the exhibition (like Spirit of the Wild on Saturday 26th October and our Half Term Big Draw activities!), there’s special Wallace themed merchandise to design and order (we can be a one stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year!) and after all of that we’re also launching two new Schools’ Workshops which will be available during and after the exhibition.

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we're using on our World of Wallace mugs!

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we’re using on our World of Wallace mugs!

If you like hearing about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum make sure you’ve check out our World of Wallace videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss any future videos!

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

Hertford Heath Roadshow is a success!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
 

  The Museum Roadshow made it’s way up to a Hertford Heath on the 11th August 2009.

Hertford Museum staff were joined by HALS, the Library Service and the Police to provide activities around the theme of ‘Dark Herts’. 

We took the museum collections related to Crime and Punishment in Hertford and the archives gave visitors the opportunity to trace their very own criminal ancestors!

The Police officers gave tips on how to keep safe in the 21st century and even brought along modern and older uniforms for visitors to try on!

 A good day was had by all, and most notably perhaps due to the cream teas courtesy of Connie!?  
PCSO Paul Weston and Serena from HALS with one young visitor posing for the Mercury cameras!

PCSO Paul Weston and Serena from HALS with one young visitor posing for the Mercury cameras!

 
Sally taking an interest in our objects and information panels

Sally taking an interest in our objects and information panels Enjoying delicious cream teas! From left, Viv, museum volunteer and Sally and Connie, museum staff.

PCSO Paul Weston giving tips to visitors on keeping safe these days

PCSO Paul Weston giving tips to visitors on keeping safe these days

 
 
 
Ken Griffin, Criminal Historian showing a visitor how to trace his criminal ancestry...I wonder if he found anything scandalous!

Ken Griffin, Criminal Historian showing a visitor how to trace his criminal ancestry...I wonder if he found anything scandalous!

 
The motley crew...BACK ROW (FROM RIGHT): Julie Sessions - Museum Assistant, Connie Taylor - Museum Administrator, Colin Clare - Herts Police, Serena Williams and Nick Connell - HALS, Ken Griffin - Criminal Historian, Paul Weston - PCSO, Herts Police.  FRONT ROW (FROM RIGHT): Sally Wilkes - Museum Assistant, Ruth Stratton - Asst. Curator, Hertford Museum, Vivianne Robertson, Museum Volunteer and Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer.

The motley crew...BACK ROW (FROM LEFT): Julie Sessions - Museum Assistant, Connie Taylor - Museum Administrator, Colin Clare - Herts Police, Serena Williams and Nick Connell - HALS, Ken Griffin - Criminal Historian, Paul Weston - PCSO, Herts Police. FRONT ROW (FROM LEFT): Sally Wilkes - Museum Assistant, Ruth Stratton - Assistant. Curator, Museum, Vivianne Robertson, Museum Volunteer and Eleanor Payne, Learning Officer.

Here comes the Hertford Museum Roadshow!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Hertford Museum is going on the road!

Our first roadshow will be on Tuesday 28th July at The Cowbridge Halls, on Cowbridge in Hertford (SG14 1PG), and will be run in conjunction with Hertfordshire Libraries, who will be doing story times and Rockwatch, the Young Geologists Club. 

There will be lots of Fossils to handle from the museum collections as well as from Rockwatch

There will be lots of Fossils to handle from the museum collections as well as from Rockwatch

 
Come along and see us between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm where there will be lots of FREE activities for everyone to see and do, children and adults alike…including…
Mini displays…Handling objects…Museum staff on hand to answer questions…Volunteers sharing their experiences…Photographs of the progress of Hertford Museum’s refurbishment…Children’s crafty activities…Museum Shop…Tea and Coffee…
 
You can make your own plaster cast fossil to take home!

You can make your own plaster cast fossil to take home!

 

Look out for further information each week on the blog as to where our activties will go next!

 

Next week, on Tuesday 4th August, we’ll be in Little Berkamstead, where you will be able to find out all about…The Home Front 

Space Event at Sele is a blast!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The May Half Term Event held at Sele Communtiy Centre on Thursday 28th of May was a success!
 
Some youngsters showing off their creations!

Some youngsters showing off their creations!

Over 70 children arrived to try their hand at making the weridest and most wonderful alien they could imagine!

A masterpiece!

A masterpiece!

Most of the clay extra terrestrials dried in the sun in time for them to be painted before hometime, and in the meantime there were lots of quizzes and colourings to keep youngsters (and adults!) busy.

Getting messy with paint!

Getting messy with paint!

Connie’s scrummy chocolate cookies, enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee kept parents and carers occupied as well.

Watch out for more activities throughout the summer holidays as we go on the road with Hertford Museum’s Summer Roadshow!  There will be activities like this and much much more, coming to a venue in Hertford near you…watch this space…

Easter Activities – fun for us all!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
 
Hertford Museum’s Scarecrow Fun Days, organised for the Easter Holidays were a great success and fun too!  
Choosing is difficult at the museum shop! We're taking the museum shop with us on the road to every event we do!  Lots of things to choose from to treat friends and family!

Choosing is difficult at the museum shop! We're taking the museum shop with us on the road to every event we do! Lots of things to choose from to treat friends and family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took over Cowbridge Halls and The River Room at The Castle Hall on the Wednesdays either side of the Easter weekend. 

Scarecrow Fun Day at The Castle Hall, our new sign seems to have worked well, as a sunnier day made us busier on the second week

Scarecrow Fun Day at The Castle Hall, our new sign seems to have worked well, as a sunnier day made us busier on the second week

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Children came along and got crafty making plant pot scarecrows amongst other crafty activities.  There was also a chance for parents and carers to relax with a cup of tea and home made cookies courtesy of Connie!
Four very creative youngsters with their flower pot Scarecrows at The Castle Hall!
Four very creative youngsters with their flower pot Scarecrows at The Castle Hall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look out for posters in a school, library  or communtiy centre near you for details of our May Half term activities.  Here’s a preview… it will be on the theme of Space, at Sele Farm Commutniy Centre on Thursday 28th May 2009.

Easter Holiday Events – Scarecrow Fun Days

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The School Holidays are nearly upon us again, and here at Hertford Museum we are continuing to take our activities and events on the road, this time in time for Easter!

 

Two Scarecrow Fun Days have been organised as follows:

 

Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford, SG14 1PG

Wednesday 8th April 2009

10.30 am – 4.00 pm

 

The River Room, Castle Hall, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

Wednesday  15th April 2009

10.30 am – 4.00 pm

 

Drop in anytime between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on both days to find out about the folklore of Scarecrows and take part in lots of crafty activities!

 

All craft activities will be free of charge and this is thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the overall museum development project.

 

There will also be a museum shop as well as teas and coffees.

 

For further information, please call, 01992 582686.

 

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Eleanor

 

Half Term Fossil Fun and Japanese Crafts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hello everyone and welcome to my first entry onto our museum blog!

Last week, whilst the museum was continuing to be emptied in preparation for the arrival of building contractors, I was busy running FREE outreach events to compliment the half term school holidays.  These were held in the Mill Bridge Rooms in Hertford town centre, with the first part of the week focusing on fossils, which was organised in association with Rockwatch, the club for young geologists (http://www.rockwatch.org.uk/). 

Susan Brown from Rockwatch with her wonderful selection of fossils
Susan Brown from Rockwatch with her wonderful selection of fossils

 The second half of the week took a Japanese theme, and was organised by Junko Watanabe, who has been working here at Hertford Museum as part of a volunteer placement since November 2008.   Many thanks to her for all her hard work!  

Anthea our volunteer helps with the jewellery making process

Anthea our volunteer helps with the jewellery making process

How to wrap your books the japanese way, no need for a pastic bag here!

How to wrap your books the Japanese way, no need for a plastic bag here!

But it doesn’t stop there, we will be at the Mill Bridge Rooms again this Saturday 28th February 2009 with activities to celebrate Hina Matsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival.  Come along any time between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm to take part in crafty activities, quizzes, games and dressing up.  Entry and all activities will again be FREE of charge.  It will be lovely to see you there.

Watch this space for details of more event coming up to a hall, community centre or church hall near you over the next year!

Eleanor

A young visitor makes his very own dinosaur!

A young visitor makes his very own dinosaur to take home!