Posts Tagged ‘Stay and Play Saturdays’

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

Object of the Week: Green Glaze Flask (140AD)

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

This week’s Object of the Week comes to you a day late because we’ve been looking forward to the arrival of this beautiful, and incredibly rare, flask which was found in Puckeridge.


This green glazed flask with barbotine ring decoration dates from around AD 140 and was part of a casket burial group from Skeleton Green, Puckeridge. Casket burials, where the cremated remains are buried in a wooden casket, often with elaborate bronze fittings rather than a simple pottery urn, were usually reserved for higher status individuals. The quality of the grave goods buried with the casket which also included glassware, ceramic dishes and a terracotta oil lamp back up this theory.


Materials behave differently in the ground, with most organic materials rotting away unless extreme environmental conditions preserve them. None of the wood from the casket remains, however, archaeologists can gauge the size and shape by noticeable changes to the soil in which it was buried and from the metal fittings used. Ceramic objects like this beautiful flask survive well unless they come into contact with destructive forces such as animals, tree roots and ploughs. This burial was one of six casket burials from the site and it is likely that all six were members of the same high status family group living in Roman Braughing.

This week’s events

As this is the first week in June that means this Saturday is a Stay and Play Saturday! Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?

Come and Discover Hertford Museum at an illustrated talk from our Assistant Curator Sarah next Wednesday 10th June at 7.30pm (talk at 8pm). You will discover the amazing diversity of our collections, our fascinating history and how we care for and share your local heritage. Your ticket includes a glass a wine or soft drink and the opportunity to look around the museum after hours. £7.50 per person BOOKING ESSENTIAL

You can also now book a place on our next Arts & Crafts for Adults workshops- on Wednesday 17th June we’re holding Collage workshops No experience is necessary- full instruction from experienced artists, all materials provided and tea & coffee are all included in the price of £15 per person. Check our our website or newsletter for full details.

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.

Object of the Week: Lost Buildings of Hertford

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

We have a new booklet available in the shop, Lost Buildings of Hertford ~ Part 1. This book is full of images from our collections of buildings no longer standing in Hertford and it has been put together by our Museum Support Assistant Holly Rapley with assistance from Jean Purkiss.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

Cowbridge Station with McMullens Brewery on the right. Circa 1900.

There’s a complete range of buildings shown from the old Cowbridge station to the streets that were demolished to build Bircherley Green. The booklet costs just £3.50 and all proceeds from this booklet will go towards our Picture This! project which will allow 24 hour online public access to our collection of over 12,000 images.

Lost Buildings

This week’s events:

We’ve just finished putting up all your amazing entries for our Inspired by Bickerton competition so drop into the museum to see them all (and especially our two winners). They will be on display as part of our Mr Bickerton and his Birds display from 2nd – 18th April so don’t miss out!

Although the museum will be closed on Friday for the Bank Holiday we will be open on Saturday as it’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend! Drop in to enjoy a simple craft, toys, books and games all for FREE in the Andrews Room.

Our Extraordinary Egyptians activities start next Tuesday! Drop in over the Easter holidays to take part in crafty activities inspired by our collections. Make a mummy mask, clay amulets and more! Different activities will run each week (Tuesday-Thursday) and activities cost just £1.50 per child, last entry 3pm.

Object of the week: Short Eared Owl (by Bickerton)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Our new exhibition, Mr Bickerton and His Birds, is now open and so today’s Object of the Week had to be one of his fabulous photographs. Assistant Curator Sarah has chosen his Short Eared Owl as she explains below.

Short Eared Owl and Young- William Bickerton

Short Eared Owl and Young- William Bickerton

Looking at the incredible detail in Bickerton’s photographs it’s hard to remember that he was working a century ago with large cameras and glass slides. This picture in particular is so lifelike and vivid as the owl glares back at Bickerton.

The exhibition is open until the 28th March and will be followed by a short exhibition of all the entries to our Inspired by Bickerton photography competition so make sure you get snapping! There are prizes for the best picture in the three age groups- 9 and under, 10-16 and Adults so all the family can get involved!

This week’s events:

It’s Stay and Play Saturday this weekend, drop in to play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book all for FREE!

It’s almost Half Term and you can take a look at all our activities on our new flyer

You can buy prints of ALL the photographs in our Bickerton exhibition from the museum shop as well as notecards of our favourite images.

Christmas (& New Year) fun at the museum!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

It’s almost Christmas but there’s still plenty happening at the museum! This Friday is the last Country Market of 2014 so visit the museum to pick up some tasty treats as well as plenty of stocking filler gifts from our shop!


Then on Tuesday 23rd December we have a special day of Handmade Christmas crafts. Drop in between 10.30 – 3.30 for a chance to make some sparkly crafts including a very special decoration! It’s just £1.50 per child and a great way to break up your Christmas shopping!


We will be open on Christmas Eve until 2pm and then closed for the holidays! We reopen on the 2nd January with two days of Stay & Play for free!

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Of course it doesn’t stop there, we have all sorts of exciting things planned for 2015 including an exhibition of photography by celebrated ornithologist William Bickerton, a chance for you to have your own nature photographs or artwork displayed in the museum, an exhibition all about Watton-at-Stone (so if you leave in the village we’ll be looking for photographs and objects soon) as well as exhibitions looking at all kinds of music in Hertford and, at the end of 2015, Hertford at War looking at some very special local stories and anniversaries as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.


World War One Commemorations : 4th August 1914 – 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

This Monday, 4th August 2014, marks the centenary of the start of World War One and there are events taking place across the country to commemorate the anniversary. Here in Hertford there is going to be a special ecumenical service at the War Memorial in Parliment Square.

HETFM6413.5 War Memorial

The service will begin at 8pm but Hertford Museum will be open from 6 – 8 pm that evening to allow anyone attending the service a chance to come and look at our Regimental & World War One collections. We will also be running a simple craft activity for any families planning to attend the service that evening (or who are just out in town). We hope to see lots of you there!


We’re now in the first week of our Summer Holiday activities of course and we’ve seen some amazing warrior themed collages being made as well as some epic tiddlywink battles using the targets that are our second craft activity this week. You’ve still got one day to drop in for our Spears & Sparring activities- next week we’re moving on to some 1970s themed activities including the return of a very popular 70s toy!

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It’s also a Stay & Play Saturday this weekend so there will be toys, books & a free craft activity available if you’re in town.

Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz Night!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This week we’re waving a sad goodbye to our World of Wallace exhibition which is having a rest before it’s off on a national tour! At the same time we’ve been framing all of the wonderful drawings and artwork ready for Fizeek an exhibition of the life and works of local artist Ronald Wright.

Fizeek opens on Saturday so we’ll be telling you more about it in next week’s blog but this week we’ve got a very special event to talk about- the Friends of Hertford Museum Quiz!

Friends logo

The FOHM Quiz is an annual event to raise money for the museum whilst having a great evening. This year the quiz is being held on Friday 7th March at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The quiz will be at Sele Farm Community Centre and a Ploughman’s supper is included in the cost of the ticket (though there is no bar this year, so please bring along your own drinks and glasses!)


Tickets cost just £11 per person and you can either book a full table of 8 or just book your own ticket and we’ve got a table reserved for smaller parties. To book your place please pop in to the museum or you can contact the front desk on 01992 582686 or


If quizzes aren’t your thing then don’t forget this Saturday is a Stay & Play Saturday so there will be toys & games in the Andrews Room along with a simple craft activity!

Toddlers Nov 2011 Ice Age Creatures 001

Regular events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Often in these blogs we talk about upcoming special events or new exhibitions but there are lots of events and activities that happen regularly at the museum so today we want to share some of them with you!


This Friday sees the return of the Hertford Country Market! The market fills our Andrews Room (and spills outside in the summer) every Friday from 10.30 to 12.30 and you can buy homemade cakes, jams and crafts as well as fresh flowers and seasonal produce.

stay and play

The on Saturday it’s the first Saturday of the month which makes it a Stay & Play Saturday. The Andrews Room will be open for families to enjoy our traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too? Best of all this activity is entirely FREE!

Toddler Tuesday

Once a month we also hold a Toddler Tuesday between 10.30 – 11.30 am where you and your toddler can take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! The sessions are only £1.50 per child including refreshments for all but you must book in advance!

knit and natter

For grown ups we also hold a Knit & Natter on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum and you can share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.


Details of all of these regular events, along with our one-off events, can be found in our Newsletter or on our What’s On page or you can sign up for our eNewsletter which we send out about once a month!

A busy winter at the museum!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A fortnight without a blog- we’re very sorry but unfortunately things have been so busy here we forgot to update you!

In November over 4000 of you visited which is out busiest month ever (or at least within staff memory!) We had schools, U3A groups, shoppers (for our two regular markets as well as our own shop!), train enthusiasts, Alfred Russel Wallace enthusiasts and plenty of our regular visitors as well!


Things haven’t really slowed down in December either- our Christmas decorations are up and World of Wallace is still proving very popular plus we’ve had our regular Stay & Play and Toddler Tuesday sessions. Tomorrow it’s our final Knit & Natter of 2013 and you’ve got two more chances to visit the Country Market on Friday the 13th and 20th before they take a break until the end of January!


We’re also working hard on our exhibitions for next year which are going to include local artist Ronald Wright and an exhibition covering all the different ways we move (trains, ice skates, sedan chairs etc!).

Plus we’re going to be taking part in a special project for museums across Hertfordshire and Suffolk called Saving the Seventies– look out for more details early in the new year!


Finally we want to thank everyone who suppported our fundraising efforts for the Disaster Emergency Committee and their emergency aid in the Philippines- you all raised £305.23!