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In the second week of Advent…

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

… Hertford Museum brought to you more fantastic objects in our online Advent Calendar (just check out our Facebook page or #HMAdvent on twitter to see them all!) We’d love to know which has been your favourite so far!

07 Cathy Smale- Hertford Market Place

We’ve also brought you this very Christmas-y video from our Christmas Spectacular! If you like what you see then don’t forget that this Saturday, 13th December it’s our Christmas Model Railway day and this year it’s extra special because Santa Claus is visiting!


It’s also our last Knit & Natter of 2014 this Thursday and there will be some festive treats alongside the usual tea & coffee so if you’ve never been before this would be a great month to start!


Make sure you’re following us on facebook and twitter or keeping a close watch on our website for information about all the Christmas fun coming up at the museum.

Museum Takeover Day(s)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you follow us on twitter or facebook you’ll have seen that on Friday the museum was being aken over by students from Simon Balle school as part of Takeover Day.


The students designed trails around the museum and made their own posters to advertise the day and they even made cakes in case anyone turned up expecting the Hertford Country Market! In the afternoon pupils from local primary schools visited and were shown round by the students as well. It was a fantastic day and very well planned by the student team (we’re all a bit nervous for our jobs now!)

takeover 2

Then on Saturday the Andrews Room was taken over by the Hertford and District Camera Club annual exhibition. The exhibition was a great success and you can see the lists of winners on their website.

HDCC logo

And there’s still one more very important takeover to come- this Friday evening the museum is going to be hosting Father Christmas himself as part of the Hertford Christmas Lights Switch On and our own Christmas Spectacular.


Father Christmas will be at the museum from 4-6pm and then from 6.45-8pm (in between he’ll be switching the lights on in the town centre) so drop in to say hello (£1.50 per child including a present!) and you can also have a go at a free Christmas craft and from 5.45-6.15 we’ll have St Andrews Church Choir singing festive carols too.

You can see what we got up to at least year’s Christmas Spectacular on our YouTube channel!

Sound and Vision- Saving the Seventies

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

On Saturday evening Hertford Corn Exchange was rocking to the sound of Ziggy Stardust as our 1970s extravaganza Sound and Vision finally arrived!

Absolute Bowie wows the crowd at the Corn Exchange!

Absolute Bowie wows the crowd at the Corn Exchange!

If you weren’t there on Saturday then you can get a flavour of what happened by taking a look at our playlist of videos!

Our wonderful staff and volunteers were there all day shaking collection buckets, selling raffle tickets and helping share our 1970s collections with everyone who dropped by.

Do you remember any of these 1970s classics?

Do you remember any of these 1970s classics?

Visitors were also able to see the wonderful artworks that Hertford Regional College students had created inspired by the 1970s.

Franklin, Emma and Charlie with artwork by Hertford Regional College students

Franklin, Emma and Charlie with artwork by Hertford Regional College students

Best of all the event has inspired some of you to donate 1970s object to the museum collection! Don’t forget museum’s collect contemporary objects as well as antiques just check out the Collections pages of our website for more information!

On the Move- new exhibition time!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

We’re in the middle of exhibition changeover week today! We’ve taken down Fizeek, cleared & painted the gallery and are now in the process of putting up On the Move which is an exhibition FULL of all kinds of methods of getting from A to B- from skates to scooters as the poster says!


Because a lot of our objects are kept offsite in our stores it can be difficult for us to put some of our larger objects on display but when we get stuck the wonderful Hertford Cemetery Team come and lend a hand!


This week they’ve helped us move a velocipede, part of a barge (!) and our wonderful folding scooter which is VERY heavy for something originally designed to be used by paratroops! We video’d a bit of the move so do take a look!

Thank you to everyone who took part in #MuseumWeek on twitter! We had loads of fun talking to you and also finding out about life behind the scenes at other museums. We’re now only a few people away from 2000 followers on twitter which is amazing!


One more week till Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

There are only seven sleeps till Christmas but there’s still plenty to see and do (and buy!) at Hertford Museum.

Our World of Wallace exhibition is still open and the perfect place to escape to if all the Christmas planning is getting to be too much and it’s also a great time to have a look around our permanent galleries but if you can’t think of anything but Christmas then we’ve got lots of present ideas for everyone!


We’ve got beautiful minerals, a wonderful print of Hertford drawn by David Kirby (and just in this week we’ve also got cards with the same design- perfect for thank you notes!), stocking filler gifts, Christmas cards and not forgetting all our wonderful World of Wallace merchandise from mugs and bags to our brilliant “Where’s Wallace” poster (as a poster or a colouring sheet!)


There is one more chance to do some shopping at the Country Market this Friday and, by popular demand, the Craft & Curio Fair is squeezing in one more fair this Saturday!


After that we’re closed for Christmas and we reopen on the 2nd January with three days of Stay & Play for free! Make sure your signed up to our eNewsletter (you can sign up on our website) because we’ll be sending out lots of information about January’s events over the Christmas break!

And finally we’d like to leave you with a special Christmas video, just click on the picture below:

(or just click here!)

Countdown to World of Wallace

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Our World of Wallace exhibition opens in just 10 days time so we’re all very busy at the moment making sure that everything is ready in time! For this week’s blog we thought we’d give you an idea of all of the different things that need to come together when we put on an exhibition.

Firstly after months of research we’ve written all of the text panels and our wonderful designer, Nigel at M Star Graphics, has put the text and images together and now we’re just waiting for the finished panels from the printer.

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen

Portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace with a Bird of Paradise specimen.

We’re using a lot of natural history objects from our collection for this exhibition and so we’ve had teams of volunteers cleaning some of them whilst the more fragile specimens have gone away to be looked after by professional conservators and the final few objects are being returned this week.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

Conservator Juliane Ovenden working on some of our Natural History collection.

It’s not just our own objects in this exhibition though, we’re receiving loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Natural History Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science, the Royal Entomological Society and the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology! All of these loans have to be collected, brought back to the museum and carefully checked to make sure we know what condition they are in.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

One of the loans from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew- a plant specimen collected by Alfred Russel Wallace himself.

In the exhibition there will also be some fantastic interactive elements for our younger visitors and these have had to be designed, artwork drawn for them, instructions written and they should be arriving at the museum any day now.

Some pieces from our "Design your own Bird of Paradise" interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Some pieces from our “Design your own Bird of Paradise” interactive drawn for us by Joanna Scott.

Then alongside all of that we have to plan for our preview (if you want to come to a museum preview you need to join the Friends or Patrons!), organise all of the events running alongside the exhibition (like Spirit of the Wild on Saturday 26th October and our Half Term Big Draw activities!), there’s special Wallace themed merchandise to design and order (we can be a one stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year!) and after all of that we’re also launching two new Schools’ Workshops which will be available during and after the exhibition.

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we're using on our World of Wallace mugs!

A Rhinoceros Hornbill drawn by Alfred Russel Wallace. This is one of the images we’re using on our World of Wallace mugs!

If you like hearing about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum make sure you’ve check out our World of Wallace videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss any future videos!

Two Giants of Guildhall and A Dun Cow (new posters in our shop!)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Today’s blog is going to come in two parts- part one about some wonderful posters you can now get in our shop and part two is a World of Wallace update!

Two new posters

From today you can buy large copies of two fantastic posters from our collections. These posters were both designed as satirical takes on elections in the 19th century but they’re great fun even if you don’t know the politicians they were referring to.

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A Dun Cow
This poster was designed for the 1826 parliamentary election. It is attacking Thomas Slingsby Duncombe (the Dun Cow) in support of Henry Lytton Bulwer (the Bull)

Two Giants of Guildhall

This is from the (uncontested) parliamentary election in 1802. The two giants, Gog & Magog, represent Hertford’s two parliamentary members Nicolson Calvert & Edward Spencer Cowper.

The posters can be ordered from our shop in person or by emailing us. The come in two sizes and can be printed in colour or black & white.

A2 – colour £15 or black and white £10
A3 – colour £6 or black and white £5

World of Wallace

Watercolour painting of an orchid from Sadong, Sarawak, Borneo, by A. R. Wallace. Copyright The A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund.

Watercolour painting of an orchid from Sadong, Sarawak, Borneo, by A. R. Wallace. Copyright The A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund.

In case you haven’t seen already there is now a World of Wallace tab on our website and from there you can navigate to pages about the exhibition, our events, the schools programme, where to find more information about Wallace online and also a special “Behind the Scenes” page. The first of our Behind the Scenes videos went live on our YouTube channel on Friday so make sure you check it out and subscribe to be notified when the next one goes up.

We’re working hard on finalising the text for our exhibition panels at the moment and discovering some great stories from Alfred Russel Wallace’s life alongside the important discoveries he made and the animals he collected. One of my favourites so far is his reaction to an earthquake soon after he arrived on the island of Ternate (as described in his book The Malay Archipelago.

I had just awoke at gun-fire (5 A.M.), when suddenly the thatch began to rustle and shake as if an army of cats were galloping over it, and immediately afterwards my bed shook too […] I said to myself “Why, it’s an earthquake,” and lay still in the pleasing expectation of another shock; but none came, and this was the only earthquake I ever felt in Ternate.

Make sure you’ve got all our World of Wallace events in your diary and follow us on twitter, facebook, youtube and/or here on the blog for all the latest Wallace updates!