Posts Tagged ‘Watton at Stone’

Object of the week: Saxon Disc Brooch (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Although our Watton at Stone exhibition closes this weekend this beautiful 7th century Saxon disc brooch is on permanent display in our Timeline case (upstairs and turn left!).

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It was found by a metal detectorist prior to the construction of the Watton bypass, as Tony Rook remembers:

I said to him, where was it he found it and he said “Oh it was over there somewhere”, waving in the direction of the farm, so we’ve no idea where he actually found it and I said, “Well why didn’t you mark it?” And he said, “Well I didn’t think you were interested, I thought you were only interested in coins!” So that’s a bit frustrating there.

This week’s events

High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone his weekend so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

Check out our What’s On page or our updated newsletter for details of LOTS of special events coming up in the next few months from evening talks to family activities and including LOTS of music! There are still more details to come too so keep following us on social media and sign up to our mailing list for latest infomation!

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 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com 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: Model Railway set

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Model Railway sets have always been popular toys and this beautiful tin signal box is part of a large collection of track, trains and scenery which was played with, and then given to the museum by, the great grandchildren of R.T. Andrews, one of Hertford Museum’s founders.

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Although this set isn’t on display at the moment you can come and see lots of model railway displays in the museum this weekend at our Model Railway Day. The sets will be on display in the Andrews Room this Saturday 20th June, 10.30am – 3.30pm and visiting them is complete free!

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This week’s events

There are just 10 days till our Watton at Stone exhibition closes so if you haven’t visited it yet (or want to come again!) make sure you drop in by the 27th June. Thank you to all the residents of Watton at Stone who helped us pull the exhibition together and all those who have come in to see it already!

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

If you’re looking for some musical entertainment this weekend why not buy a ticket for Hertford Choral Society‘s summer concert. The Choral Society are one of our exhibition sponsors this summer and a small group of them will be performing for our first Gallery Sounds afternoon in the 11th July!

Photograph of the Week: Holden du Cros factory (Watton at Stone)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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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: Map Stamp (Ireland)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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We’re a day late for St Patrick but our object of the week is this wonderful stamp of a map of Ireland. This stamp is one of a collection of 12 stamps that were used at Abel Smith School. The stamps were rescued by the schools’ caretaker, Mr Tarplee, and donated to the museum last year. The stamps include maps from across the world such as India, Africa, Australia and closer to home a set of England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland and one of the complete British Isles.

Do you remember using map stamps in geography lessons?

This week’s events:

The deadline for our Inspired By Bickerton competition is Saturday 21st March so this is your last chance to enter! We’ve had some amazing entries from back gardens as well as wilder locations so check out the rules and get snapping! The deadline is March 23rd so you’ve still got time!

Next week is #MuseumWeek on twitter and we’ll be taking part with lots of tweets, pictures and behind the scenes information! You can find out the theme for each day on their website

Our next exhibition High Streets & Hedgerows: Watton at Stone is approaching fast, if you live in Watton and have any objects, photographs or stories you’d like to share with us then please get in touch!