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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.

World of Wallace on tour!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

It might seem like it’s been a long time since our World of Wallace exhibition closed but behind the scenes our Wallace project has continued as we prepare for its national tour!


The exhibition has currently been booked by six museums across the country- you can check out which ones on our World of Wallace tour page– and the first one is The Oxfordshire Museum who will be hosting the exhibition from the 19th July.


To get all of the birds, beasts, shells and insects ready to go on the road last week John & Tony from Constantine (who are experts in packing and transporting museum objects) came to crate up all the collections ready to go on the road and as it’s the first time we’ve sent out such a big exhibition we thought you might like to see some pictures from the crating process!

Constantine came and measured all the objects that are going on tour and built these special cases.

Constantine came and measured all the objects that are going on tour and built these special cases.

Each case is designed for one or more specific objects- this one was for our Kiwi and bird domes.

Each case is designed for one or more specific objects- this one was for our Kiwi and bird domes.

The domes were carefully wrapped and then packed into their crates.

The domes were carefully wrapped and then packed into their crates.

Here are John & Tony placing our Black Swan into its crate.

Here are John & Tony placing our Black Swan into its crate.

Can you guess which animal from the exhibition is wrapped and ready to go in this case?

Can you guess which animal from the exhibition is wrapped and ready to go in this case?

Some of the smaller objects went in specially made boxes- our flying fish is ready to go!

Some of the smaller objects went in specially made boxes- our flying fish is ready to go!

The crates and boxes are all safely marked as FULL and ready to go to Oxfordshire and beyond!

The crates and boxes are all safely marked as FULL and ready to go to Oxfordshire and beyond!

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!

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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!

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Dora the Explorer and the World of Wallace

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

It doesn’t seem possible but this week is your FINAL chance to see our World of Wallace exhibition! It’s not disappearing though- the exhibition closes on Saturday but it’s going to be going out on tour across the country over the next couple of years!

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To celebrate the last week of the exhibition and Half Term both happening at once we’ve had some very special visitors at the museum this week. On Saturday we were visited by Spirit of the Wild‘s Ben and some rather interesting animals including this baby alligator!


We’ve also been visited by Dora the Explorer this week!


All our Half Term activities (which are still on tomorrow (Thursday) from 10.30 – 3.30) are explorer themed so we’ve been making maps and binoculars like those used by Dora, Diego and even Alfred Russel Wallace himself.



Next week we’ll have more information about our new exhibition and upcoming events but until then we hope you enjoy Half Term and encourage you to make one last visit to the beautiful birds and butterflies in our World of Wallace exhibition!

Escape the weather at Hertford Museum this Half Term!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We hope you’re all staying safe and dry in this horrible weather- to make sure you’re not going completely crazy whilst stuck in doors there’s LOTS to do at the museum over the next couple of weeks. Today our Learning Officer Eleanor has been working with several other local museums on how we can support schools with the new National Curriculum meanwhile staff from Tring Natural History Museum have been visiting us (and helping us identify some mystery birds in our collections!)

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Tomorrow is a Knit & Natter Thursday where anyone can drop in with their knitting (or crocheting!) and joing our friendly group of a cup of tea and a chat. Then on Friday it’s the Hertford Country Market where you can pick up lots of goodies to cheer yourself up.


Then on Saturday, as a special Half Term treat (and back by popular demand!) we’re having another Spirit of the Wild day as part of our World of Wallace exhibition! The day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm but there are free timed entry slots which will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis. Come and wonder at an array of amazing creatures from around the world with Spirit of the Wild, generously supported by Arts Council England.


Then for Half Term itself the museum is going to become home to Excellent Explorers! From Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th February there will be family craft activities inspired by intrepid explorers like Dora & Diego (as well as Alfred Russel Wallace himself!). Sessions run from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and cost £1.50 per child. Dor herself might be making an appearence during the week too so keep an eye out for her!


Wallace Talk & Book Sale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

If you’ve somehow missed all of our posters & tweets & facebook posts & press releases about this evening’s World of Wallace event at Hertford Theatre then here are the details again:

What?‘The World of Wallace’- An evening of illustrated talks on Alfred Russel Wallace with Errol Fuller and Dr Sandra Knapp
Where? Hertford Theatre
When?Wednesday 15th January 2014, 7.30 pm
How much? £10. No concessions.Tickets available on the door.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

And that’s the last time we’ll plug it (I promise!) We’re just getting together some merchandise we’ll be selling this evening and waiting for our two speakers to arrive now and then it’s show time!


If you’re not coming along tonight then there’s still plenty happening at the museum! Our January Newsletter is available to download from our website or you can pick up a copy if you’re passing and there are events for everyone over the next few months from toddlers to those who remember the 1970s and from walkers to those who enjoy knitting and nattering!


This Saturday, 18th January we’re holding another Book Sale where you can pick up a book from our pre-loved selection and help support your museum at the same time! It runs from 10.00am – 4.00pm and when you’ve looked at all our secondhand books make sure you take a look around our shop as well because (as of today) we have a new edition of Alfred Russel Wallace: His Life and Work on offer for just £3!

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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!

Upcoming Book Sale & a report from our Indonesian Evening

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Last Saturday we hosted a special late night opening with an Indonesian theme and it was great to see so many of you there!

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We had music from Gamelan musician Aris Daryono, Indonesian food and a chance to spend some time enjoying our World of Wallace exhibition- it was wonderful to see some of the adults attempting to design their own Bird of Paradise with our magnetic pieces!

You can watch a short video with some of the beautiful Gamelan music from the evening on our YouTube channel.


This Saturday 16th November we’re holding a Book Sale from 10.00am – 4.00pm with a large selection of secondhand books to choose from. All the money we raise will go towards future exhibitions and events so please do take this chance to get yourself a bargain and support the museum at the same time!


We’ve also organised two events to raise money for the relief efforts in the Philppines so check out our What’s On page for further details or sign up to our eNewsletter via our homepage to be the first with all the news!

A Taste of Indonesia (and our new eNewsletter)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

This Saturday 9th November we are having a special late night opening at the museum from 6.00 – 9.00pm to give our adult visitors a chance to see World of Wallace and experience Wallace’s Indonesia through music and food (along with some more familiar drinks!).

Aru Islands (Malay Archipelago)

Music is being provided by Aris Daryono who was born in Central Java, Indonesia and who founded Go Gamelan!, a gamelan company based in London.

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There will also be a tasting selection of Indonesian food to try provided by Lobster Pot Catering as well as wine & soft drinks and thank to the support of Arts Council England the whole evening is entirely free!


We’re also going to be launching our new mailing list which we’ll be using to send out emails to all of our supporters once or twice a month. With the cost of post going up all the time a eNewsletter is the best way to keep everyone up-to-date with everything that’s happening at the museum so we hope lots of you will sign up! We’ll be sending out our museum newsletter, event flyers, information about children’s activities and lots more so don’t miss out!

You can sign up to our new eNewsletter from the front page of our website.

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