Posts Tagged ‘Talks’

Object of the week: Bandsman’s uniform

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

It’s just three days till our new exhibition, Beautiful Noise opens so here’s a sneak peak at one of the wonderful objects on display!


This bandsman’s uniform was worn by Dennis Levey when he was a memberof the Hertford Brass Band. The band played from 1949 through to the early 1970s when it was sadly closed due to a lack of funding. Many members moved across to the Ware Brass Band who are still playing today!

This week’s events

Beautiful Noise: Hertford’s Musical Heritage opens this Saturday with the first of our Gallery Sounds series of min-concerts! The first performer’s are a small group from the Hertford Choral Society who will be performing from 2.30-3.00pm in our exhibition space (or in the garden if the weather allows!) Watch this space for future artists.

If you want to learn more about Hertford’s Musical Pioneers then Jean Purkis’ talk on Thomas Green and Charles Bridgeman is a wonderful chance to discover two of Hertford’s first music promoters and pioneers of performance. Enjoy a glass of wine and the opportunity to take in our Beautiful Noise exhibition after hours. The talk will start at 8pm. Please call the museum to book your place!

Finally, if craft rather than music is your thing, it’s our last Knit & Natter before the summer holidays tomorrow. Drop in 10.30 – 12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat whilst you work on your knitting or crochet projects!

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.

Half Term Fun!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It’s been a very busy Half Term at Hertford Museum so far and that’s just the way we like it! If you haven’t visited us yet that there’s still plenty coming up.

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Tomorrow (Thursday) we’ve got a Spooky Spiders craft activity in the Andrews Room (10.30am- 3.30pm and £1.50 per child as usual!), on Friday it’s the Country Market and then on Saturday it’s a Stay & Play day.


But looking back at what’s happened already it’s been quite a week! On Friday evening it was the preview for World of Wallace. It was a great evening and the exhibition was opened by Errol Fuller who is one of the speakers for our World of Wallace talks in January. If you want to come to Hertford Museum previews then you need to sign up as a Friend or Patron of the museum (see our website for details).

girl sketching

Then on Saturday the museum became a zoo for the day with Spirit of the Wild. There were spiders and a crocodile and lizards and all kinds of animals and over 400 of you came to see them!


Then On Tuesday and Wednesday we’ve been taking part in the Big Draw– children have been coming and sketching some of the objects here at the museum before taking them to Courtyard Arts to turn them into beautiful paintings.

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All of the work produced for the Big Draw will be on display at Hertford Theatre on Friday 1st November from 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Music, Talks and Craft- upcoming events at Hertford Museum

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We’ve been talking a lot recently about some of our future exhibitions but while you’re waiting for those to happen there are still plenty of activities and events taking place at the museum (not to mention our Bengeo Stories exhibition if you haven’t seen that yet!)

Museums at Night 2012

Museums at Night 2012

On Saturday 18th May we will be having an evening of live acoustic music to celebrate Museums at Night. We’re still confirming the musicians but we’re excited to bring you some local artists to listen to over a glass of wine.


Then on Saturday 25th May Reg Harman will be giving a talk titled Travels by train in New England. You can book tickets for Reg’s talk by calling, emailing or popping in to the museum. Reg’s talk will is a personal ramble through travel in New England by timetabled passenger rail services. This talk will cover railroad history, geography, stations, operations and current railroad policy and will focus on the journeys themselves, the people and the places.

Toddler Tuesday

And then there are our regular activities too. The first Saturday of each month is a Stay and Play Saturday, the second Saturday is taken up by an Arts and Craft Market in the Andrews Room and our Tea in the Garden take place on the last Saturday of every month! Plus Toddler Tuesdays, our monthly Knit & Natter group and the Friends of Hertford Museum hold monthly meetings as well.

All of the details for these events (and many more!) are on the What’s On page of our website so make sure you have it bookmarked!

ps. if you are a teacher, or know one, then our Summer Schools’ Newsletter is now available to download from our Schools’ pages.

Model Railway Day (and the end of China in the East)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This is the last week of our China in the East exhibition so if you haven’t seen it yet, or want to come back for a closer look, then Saturday is your last chance!

And don’t forget if you know any knitters (or crocheters) that our Knit & Natter group has it’s March meeting tomorrow (Thursday) from 10:30-12:30 so do drop in!

This Saturday, 16th March, it’s Model Railway Day!


tren_train_black_white_line_art_christmas_xmas_electronics_toy-555px If you haven’t visited us for a Model Railway Day before then you’re in for a treat. Our Railway days are always popular with lots of layouts to see, trails to do and a model train you can try driving yourself! In May Reg Harman, one of the organisers of our Model Railway days, ill be giving a talk on New England Railroad Travel and we’ll have the date of that and more details available from Saturday!

Next week we’ll be putting up the Bengeo Stories exhibition so hopefully we’ll have a sneak peek for you. The book to accompany the exhibition is being printed today as well so make sure you’re friends with us on facebook and/or twitter for details of the books release!

Happy New Year (and other winter festivals!)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

On the ninth day of Christmas Hertford Museum reopened after a holiday break!

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Xavier Romero-Frias

As it’s still the season of Christmas (even though it might not feel very Christmas-y now it’s January!), our exhibition A History of Christmas: Past, Present and Future is still open for and will stay open until the 12th day of Christmas (5th January 2013).

On Thursday there will also be special Winter Festivals family activities- Decorate your own 2013 calendar, find out all about Epiphany as well as the other customs that have been celebrated throughout history at New Year.Come to the museum on Thursday 3rd January 2013 from 10.30am – 3.30pm and the activities are only £1.50 per child!

Our Assistant Curator Sarah Keeling will also be giving a talk on Twelfth Night Traditions on the 5th Januar at 3.00pm. If you’d like to buy a ticket check our What’s On page for more details.

PS. Don’t forget Stay and Play at Hertford Museum on Saturday 5th January FREE craft activities, toys to play with and books to read PLEASE NOTE that this session will run 10.30 am – 2.00 pm