Posts Tagged ‘Souvenirs exhibition’

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

Exploring the World at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

We’re halfway through the Summer Holidays now and on Week 4 of our activities! This week we’ve been exploring the world using some of the collections in the museum.

In the Andrews Room we’ve been making some amazing instruments based on some of the ones in our Where In The World case- here are a few pictures in case you haven’t made it down to the museum this week!

This rattle is from Central Africa and it's made from a gourd (a type of plant). It's been decorated with small incesions (or cuts)

This is another instrument from Central Africa made using a gourd but this time it has strings.

And here is a different kind of rattle, made in the Congo.

Have you found any interesting musical instruments on your travels this year? Let us know on facebook or twitter! We’re also still collecting holiday memories on the map in our Souvenirs exhibition so remember to fill in a post-it note and put it in place next time you visit!

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 (, 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!

Keepsakes, Keyrings and Kiss Me Quick- new exhibition!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’re in the middle of putting together our new exhibition on souvenirs this week. Keepsakes, Keyrings and Kiss Me Quick will be full of all kinds of souvenirs from seaside holiday memories to civic and royal memorabilia and there are going to be some great interactives for our younger visitors too.

The exhibition is opening on Saturday 2nd June, just in time for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations but here’s a quick sneak peek at one of the cases!

Come along on Saturday to see the new exhibition, have afternoon tea and also enjoy the first of our Stay and Play Saturdays!

We’ll be closed on both Bank Holidays but open as usual Wedneday- Saturday next week and on Wednesday and Thursday you can drop in and have a go at decorating a photoframe or making your very own Corgi puppet!

Check out the What’s On page of our website for more details on all our events and activities.

Spencer Gore, Hudsons Dental Care and museum loans…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

It’s another busy week at Hertford Museum as we prepare for the end of Horsnell’s Hertford and the start of our new exhibition Keepsakes, Key rings and Kiss Me Quick which opens on the 1st of June.

This week on the blog we thought we’d talk about some of the objects that have been loaned to Hertford Museum and some that we’ve loaned to others!

However big a museum’s collection is there are always times when we need to talk to other museums, groups or individuals to get that perfect object for an exhibition.

Spencer Gore painting on loan from Reading Museum

For our exhibition on Hertingfordbury we borrowed a Palaeolithic hand axe from the British Museum, a painting by Spencer Gore from Reading Museum and lots of photographs and objects from residents of Hertingfordbury and the Greens past and present.

Royal souvenir mugs for Charles & Diana and Andrew & Sarah's weddingsOur next exhibition is all made up of objects loaned by members of the public- we’ve got royal souvenir mugs, key rings from far flung places, souvenirs of travels far and near, a Butlins biscuit tin and even Take That pants!

But we don’t just borrow things from other people, sometimes we loan out our objects too.

This year Hudsons Dental Care are celebrating their 80th anniversary and to celebrate it there will be a special exhibition at the British Dental Association Museum in London. Hudsons current home is just across the road from Hertford Museum in Bull Plain and over the years we’ve collected some objects from them (including the dentist’s chair in our first floor gallery!) so tomorrow we’re meeting a member of the staff from the BDA to arrange a loan of some pieces for their display.

Dentists chair from Hudsons Dental Care on display in our Hertford Galleries

Keepsakes, Key rings & Kiss Me Quick- an appeal!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This summer we’re celebrating all kinds of souvenirs in our exhibition Keepsakes, Key rings & Kiss Me Quick.

It will be opening the weekend of the Diamond Jubilee and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our request for Royal Souvenirs so now we’re asking you to think about some other kinds of souvenirs.

We’d really like to have some objects in our exhibition that are souvenirs of special events, times or people in your lives like a cinema ticket or receipt from a first date. Sara our curator has brought in her children’s hospital wrist tags from the days they were born and Eleanor is lending us a pair of Take That pants bought during their reunion tour in 2006 so anything that’s a personal souvenir to you could be in our exhibition!

We’d also like any souvenirs of wartime, 1970s foreign holidays and the British seaside.

Of course we will take the utmost care of everyone’s treasured possessions and the exhibition runs from the 2nd June to the 1st September.

Please get in touch if you think you can help us!

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 blog and YOU

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Now that our Hertingfordbury & the Greens exhibition is open and the accompanying booklet is ready to go (£6 from our shop, call in to buy your copy!) its time to move on to other projects.

There are lots of exciting things coming to Hertford Museum in the next few months- our new (well returning!) Curator, Sara Taylor, starts soon, we’ll be working with Courtyard Arts again this Half Term, there’s an exciting Hertford Town trail again this year after last year’s Doctor Who one and we’re also looking at our next exhibition which will be on Souvenirs (starting with a focus on Royal souvenirs)

So there’s lots going one which we’ll be using this blog, our newsletter, facebook and twitter to keep you up-to-date on but we also want to hear from you.

What would you like to see on this blog?

Perhaps you want to hear more about an exhibition, or our volunteers, or our toothbrush collection! Or maybe there’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask about Hertford or life behind the scenes at the museum! If you have any ideas then get in touch with us on facebook or twitter or email us: hertfordmuseum AT btconnect DOT com