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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!

Help Support Your Museum!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

One of the questions our front of house staff get asked the most by new visitors is “how much does it cost to look round” but here at Hertford Museum we are dedicated to keeping the museum admission free, as it has always been, so that everyone who wants to visit is able to.

As we’re an independent museum, and a registered charity, our free admission means we rely heavily on donations to help continue to provide a top quality service to current and future generations and so today we wanted to share a few ways you can help us (and what we can do for you in return!)

Become a Patron

Museum Patrons are recorded on a Roll of Honour at the museum and are invited to social events at the museum, including Private Views events for any exhibition the museum puts on to thank them for their generous support. Patrons also receive the regular museum newsletter.

To become a Patron we ask for a donation of £100 (or more) a year.

Become a Friend

The Friends of Hertford Museum fundraise for the museum but they also provide a varied programme of talks, visits and social activities for their members. As a Friend you will receive a regular newsletter three times a year with information about Friends events as well as the latest museum updates.

Membership costs £10 for an individual or £15 per year for a household and you can pick up a form from the museum Front Desk.

The Friends of Hertford Museum Christmas Party.

Join our Super 100 Club

The museum Super 100 Club is drawn every month with prizes for the first 3 numbers picked. The prize money depends on how many tickets have been sold with the top prize 20% or the total (then 10% and 5%).

It costs £24 to buy one number for a year and there is no limit on how many numbers you purchase!

Give a Donation

We are always happy to accept donations in cash or cheques by post or in person however big or small! Donations to the museum can always be Gift Aided as well so that we can make the most of your gifts.

Visit our shop

If you’re looking for interesting presents then why not pay a visit to our museum shop. We’ve got a range of toiletries from the National Trust, some beautiful jewelry and lots of toys and games for children. We also stock a large range of local history books several of which aren’t available anywhere else (including on Amazon!).

Every purchase you make in our shop will help the museum so you can do your shopping and feel you’re doing good as well!

Visit & support our events!

There’s always something going on at the museum so please pick up a copy of our newsletter or look at our What’s On page and see what’s coming up next! Why not pick up a second newsletter to give to a friend or neighbor?

Next week we’ll be telling you all about our two exciting events on Saturday 13th October but with October Half Term approaching and then Christmas following fast behind there’s lots to do for all ages and we’re always glad to see you!

Garden courses & Garden visitors

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Our new museum gardeners- Daisy Roots- have been at work in our Jacobean Knot Garden today and they’ve cut back all our lavender leaving us with sacks full of cuttings and a staff room filled with the most gorgeous scent! We’re hoping to have some of our lavender on sale in our shop soon so check back for more information.

And whilst we’re on the subject of gardens this seems the perfect time to tell you about our new Garden History Course.

Kate Harwood, lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London and Coservation & PLanning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust, is returning to the museum to teach a course on Tudor & Stuart Gardens in the English Renaissance. The course will run from the 4th October to the 13th December on Thursday afternoons 2.00-4.00pm and will cost £100.

We still have places left on this course so if you’re interested get in touch with the museum or pop in and pick up a registration form from our front desk!

Kate’s been a popular lecturer in the past so don’t miss out on your chance to learn from her.

Even though summer is drawing to a close our garden is still being used by lots of visitors as a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the plants or somewhere to eat lunch. Below are pictures of some of the non-human visitors who have been popping by for lunch!

This Red Admiral butterfly has been a regular visitor in the last few weeks.

Our Red Admiral posing for the camera!

Can you spot the acrobatic snail hanging upside down on our fennel?

Even though the swarm of bees we had at the start of the summer moved on there are still plenty around.

This beautiful spider seems to have set up home near our windows.

This ant isn't really a visitor, he lives in the garden all year round!

Christmas Shopping at Hertford Museum

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Christmas is approaching fast and if you need some ideas when out Christmas shopping then pop into Hertford Museum where we have a range of presents big and small!

Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Hertford Through Time



For all local history enthusiasts out there this new book by Peter Ruffles, Jean Purkiss & Stephen Poulter is a must. It’s full of pictures from throughout Hertford’s history.

  Haunted Hertfordshire

 For anyone interested in the spookier side of Hertfordshire’s history why not try Haunted Hertfordshire by Ruth Stratton and Nicholas Connell.



Peter Ruffles’ Hertford DVDs

Peter Ruffles’ two DVDs on Hertford history also make great presents for anyone interested in the town. 




National Trust Toiletries 

  The National Trust have brought out a range of toiletries inspired by some of their properties from the Wild Rose & Camomile scent of Sissinghurst Castle gardens to a Samphire & Driftwood scent inspired by the coast near the Holnicote Estate. You won’t be able to buy these anywhere else in Hertford!


Minerals & Fossils

We have a large range of minerals and fossils including large display pieces, smaller pieces for stocking fillers and, of course, we also stock Hertfordshire Puddingstone in lots of shapes and sizes!