Posts Tagged ‘Summer Holiday activities’

Object of the Week- St Leonards, Bengeo by E.A. Brown

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This beautiful oil painting of St Leonard’s Church in Bengeo is the most recent addition to our collections. It was given to us following the death of its owner Joan Norris and joins several other paintings in our collection by local artist E.A. Brown.

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The church of St Leonards dates from about 1120 and is built using local stone and flint with a tiled roof and contains the remains of medieval wall paintings which were rediscovered during restoration work in 1938. If you have a chance make sure to visit one of the oldest buildings in Hertford!

This week’s events

This Saturday’s Gallery Sounds performer is local singer & guitarist James Nighthawk. Drop in between 2.30-3.00pm to hear him play in our exhibition space. The full list of musicians taking part can be found here.

Calling all model makers! We are looking for individuals or groups to be part of our World in Miniature event this December! If you think you can help us then contact us on 01992 582686 to find out more.

We’re two weeks into our Summer Holiday Activities and so far we’ve made musical instruments and dinosaurs! Next week you can have a go at making an axe head and/or a brooch! Full details on our website or download our flyer.

Object of the week: Tony Crowley’s One Man Band

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015


One of the most popular things in our Beautiful Noise exhibition, especially with our younger visitors, is this wonderful one man band which owned by local musician Tony Crowley.


Tony Crowley, who lived in Hertford from 1966, hand built his instrument and held the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous session of playing a one man band! He played other unusual instruments too, in this short video you can see him playing his phonofiddle.

This week’s events

There are still a couple of spaces left on our songwriting workshops tomorrow! It’s for children aged 8+ and they will be working with Ben from MusicLab to write their own original song! Call the museum to reserve your space.

This Saturday our Gallery Sounds series of mini-concerts continues with local singer and guitarist Mike Excell. Drop in between 2.30-3.00pm to hear him play in our exhibition space. The full list of musicians taking part can be found here.

If you haven’t checked out our Summer Holiday Activities then make sure you take a look on our website or download our flyer for full details. Next week we’re going fossil and dinosaur crazy!

Commemorating World War One & Contemporary Collecting

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It was wonderful to see so many people at the Hertford War Memorial on Monday evening. The service to commemorate the start of World War One included readings from one of Julian Grenfell’s poems, hymns and the Last Post as well as a chance for all present to leave bouquets and sprigs of rosemary on the memorial.


Below are some of the photographs we have of the event- we’re always interested in seeing the photographs you take, especially of big civic events like Monday evening.


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As our 1970s project has shown this year museum’s are interested in collecting contemporary objects and photographs as well as those from times out of living memory so if you have any images you think we’d be interested in please get in touch!

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Speaking of the 1970s our activities have been very popular this week and tomorrow is your last chance to try out our Spirograph (if you can get it away from the museum staff!)

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.

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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.

Ready, Aim, Fire! Summer Fun at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This Saturday, 26th July we’re launching our summer activities with Ready, Aim, Fire!, a full day of FREE activities!

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There will be storytelling, a craft activity and History Man David Cadle is bringing some replica weapons for visitors to see! Activities are taking place from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (although the museum is open until 5.00 pm as usual) and you’ll be able to pick up a flyer with exact timings of everything on the day. If you want to make some plans ahead of time though then take a look at this handy timetable!


When? What? Where?
10.30 am – 3.30 pm Craft activity First Floor Gallery
10.30 am – 12.00 pm Meet the History Man and handle replicas The Andrews Room
11.00 – 11.30 am Story telling with Olivia Art of Arms gallery
12.00 – 12.30 pm Story telling with Olivia Art of Arms gallery
1.00 – 3.30 pm Meet the History Man and handle replicas The Andrews Room
1.30 – 2.00 pm Story telling with Olivia Art of Arms gallery
2.30 – 3.00 pm Story telling with Olivia Art of Arms gallery

Plus don’t forget to take a look at our Art of Arms exhibition and have a go at designing your own sword- we’re displaying some of the best we’ve been given in the gallery! You can also explore the main galleries and garden; use the Discovery Station and gallery trails to help you!


Of course Saturday is just the start of five weeks of fabulous summer fun here at Hertford Museum so pick up (or download) a leaflet today!

A busy week…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

It might be almost the end of term for a lot of you but things aren’t slowing down here at the museum! We’ve had a busy week of exhibitions and conservation and videos and some exciting plans for the future!

Firstly our plans for the summer holidays are all coming together so make sure you pick up a copy of our summer leaflet from the museum or download it from our website


Our new Art of Arms exhibition is proving popular with visitors and don’t forget there are some videos with additional information on our YouTube channel (including a film from 1955 about how to make a sword!)

That isn’t the only exhibition we’ve been working on though- World of Wallace is on tour as of today! We just packed it all safely into a van for its visit to The Oxfordshire Museum. We’ll try and share some pictures of the hornbill in his new temporary home when they’ve got everything set up!


We’re also starting to look at which objects we’re going to include in our Autumn exhibition which is going to be all about machines- some scientific, some industrial and at least one old favourite that some of you who have been coming to the museum for a long time might remember!

If you’ve visited our stores in the past you’ll have seen the fabulous roman corn dryer that’s kept there. To keep it safe and looking its best it needs to be check regularly by a conservator and that took place last week so it will be all ready for our Stores Open Day in September (watch out for more details coming soon!)


And speaking of watching out- we’re hoping to make a few changes in the garden (not to our beautiful knot!) so it you’re visiting us over the summer you might get a chance to see what we’re up to.

Hertford Museum’s Volunteers

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s been an incredible summer with family activities every week as well as all our usual exhibitions, events and collections care and now it’s autumn things aren’t getting any quieter! 18 Bull Plain, our exhibition about the building the museum has been in for the last 100 years, opened on Saturday (thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our anniversary with us!) and the World of Wallace is coming on 26th October (so very soon!)

To keep all of our work on track we have a fantastic team of volunteers who help us with a whole range of tasks so today we wanted to update you on some of the things are volunteers are doing.

Volunteers help run all of our family activities.

Volunteers help run all of our family activities.

We start, of course, with our amazing family volunteers who kept our activities running throughout the summer and who are now having a well deserved break before the excitement of October Half Term (it’s the Big Draw again and then a Spooky Spider activity for Halloween)

Volunteers being trained in how to clean Natural History specimens.

Volunteers being trained in how to clean Natural History specimens.

Some of our volunteers have been helping prepare for World of Wallace doing research, updating computer records, taking photographs, writing text and even helping to do some vital conservation cleaning on some of the objects that will be in the exhibition- make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel for more about that tomorrow!)

One of the postcards our volunteers have been  cataloguing- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

One of the postcards our volunteers have been cataloguing- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905

We have other collections volunteers working on their own special projects including cataloguing all of the documents and photographs that we have from the Addis factory and also we are finally nearing the end of documenting and carefully storing the 4000+ toothbrushes from Addis! We also have a volunteer checking through all of our postcards to make sure they’re scanned and have proper descriptions and other volunteers working on our archaeology and geology collections.

Volunteers working on our carnival float.

Volunteers working on our carnival float.

And then there are all of the other tasks our volunteers help with like weeding our beautiful knot garden, delivering leaflets and posters, making cupcakes (that was a one off for last Saturday), preparing materials for family activities, painting giant Asterix characters (for the carnival), serving afternoon teas and even helping keeping our computers running!


Without our volunteers we would never be able to provide the service we do so we wanted to take this chance to say THANK YOU to all of them and to everyone else who supports us as Friends, Patrons, Donors or by being visitors- we’re very grateful for all of you!

Walk About Hertford Town- Summer Quiz

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

We’re halfway through our summer of activities and it’s been great to see so many of you in the museum! It’s Seasides and Rock Pools week for our family activities and if you want to see what we’ve been getting up to then there are some fantastic pictures on facebook- just click the image below to see more!


But it’s not just our family craft activities that are keeping people busy this summer. Walk About Hertford Town is a fun family quiz which takes you on a walk around central Hertford looking for some of the town’s hidden secrets.

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The quiz should take approximately one hour to complete and can be followed from any point. However, the route outlined below takes you on a more or less circular route from Hertford Museum and back again; you can then hand in your entries once they are completed and there are some fabulous prizes supplied by Serendipity, Kids Connection and The Oak Room!


The trails only cost £1 and the money we raise will go straight back towards the running costs of the museum to make sure we can keep putting one xciting exhibitions, activities and events for everyone!

Summer Games and Historical Toys

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

It’s Toytastic week here at Hertford Museum! There are toys in the garden…

What do you get if you cross skittles with hopscotch...

What do you get if you cross skittles with hopscotch…

We’re making toys as our craft activity…

This is a myriorama, you can put the pieces in any order to make a new picture!

This is a myriorama, you can put the pieces in any order to make a new picture!

We’ve been making sure all of the jackets, dresses and clothes in our textile store are safe and there are some toys hiding out in there as well…

This beautiful doll is french and more to be looked at than played with!

This beautiful doll is french and more to be looked at than played with!

And there even so (old) toys that are new to our collection…

This lovely fort was made for a local boy and it comes with lots of cowboys and indians!

This lovely fort was made for a local boy and it comes with lots of cowboys and indians!

What’s your favourite toy?


Summer Holiday Fun (in the sun and the rain!)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our Archaeological Extravaganza on Saturday! It was a wonderful day with flint kanpping and hunting and cave painting and even enough sun for ice lollies in the garden.

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This year we’ve organised 5 weeks of fantastic activities to try out at the museum AND if you take part in at least 4 weeks you can be entered into a draw to win a special prize! For more details check out our Summer Holiday leaflet which doubles as a passport to collect your activity stamps.


The themes for the 5 weeks this summer are:
Week one A Prehistoric Journey
Week two Toytastic
Week three Seasides and Rock Pools
Week four Doctor for a Day
Week five Castles, Knights & Princesses

All our activities run from Tuesday-Thursday, 10.30am-3.30pm and are only £1.50 per child so we hope to see you all (several times) over the summer!


Plus when it’s sunny outside why not buy a copy of our Family Town Quiz? It will take you on a tour around the centre of Hertford answering questions that will make you look more closely at the buildings you see every day. There’s a prize draw for everyone who returns their quizzes so that’s another chance to win!

You’ve got one more day to come and make your own wooly mammoth or have a go at some prehistoric cave art so don’t miss out!

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