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Exhibitions

The Museum displays around 5% of its eclectic collections in two permanent display galleries across two floors, both fully accessible. In addition, we deliver a rolling programme of diverse and engaging temporary exibitions throughout the year in our special exhibitions gallery. This provides an opportunity to learn about and enjoy some of the other items from our vast collection.

Exhibitions

  • 20th April - 15th May 2022

The Friends of Hertford Museum: Forty Years of Support

20th April – 15th May 2022
A celebration of 40 years of support from the museum’s hard working Friends Association.

Exhibitions

  • 12th February - 12th June 2022

River Town

Discover how Hertford’s four rivers have shaped and developed how generations of people lived, worked and played. Illustrated by an eclectic wealth of collections.
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Exhibitions

  • Permanent Displays

The Early Days

A display of how they used to collect in the 19th Century, including Natural History and Ethnography which are no longer actively collected by Hertford Museum. However, an important part in the museum’s early history was sharing the wonders of the natural world with local people and this section showcases some of these specimens from around the world. Equally, the museum’s first collectors brought items to illustrate the culture of other societies for the people of Hertford (ethnographic collection). Some of these items include Samurai Armour, a scrimshaw, Egyptian sculpture and a Greek lekythos.

Exhibitions

  • Permanent Displays

The History of Hertford

From prehistoric times to today, the first-floor gallery includes a number of displays to tell the story of Hertford and its surrounding villages. Childhood, health and well-being, sports, shopping and much more. There is a section dedicated to famous Hertfordians and another to Hertford at War, including Hertfordshire Regiment collections.

Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • From 5th October 2021

A Stroll in the Country: Watercolours of John Henry Buckingham

Discover the rural past of Hertfordshire’s only city, as captured by St Albans artist John Henry Buckingham (1800-1881), illustrated with his beautiful watercolours collected by the museum founders.

Past Exhibitions

  • 16th October 2021 - 30th January 2022

Dissent: Stories of Activitism in Hertford

16th October 2021 – 30th January 2022

Discover stories of Hertford Activism, from global campaigns to grass roots dissent in this new exhibition at Hertford Museum.

Free, drop-in

Past Exhibitions

  • Past Exhibitions

Bill Clarke’s Hertford

Exhibition extended until October 2021, featuring three new watercolours of iconic Hertford buildings!

Watercolours by local artist and musician Bill Clarke, taking a quirky look at some of Hertford’s most iconic buildings.

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Past Exhibitions

  • Past Exhibitions

Here Come the Brides!

Visitors were inspired by some of the beautiful wedding gowns in our collections as we explored the cult of the bride and discovered why we all love a wedding!

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Past Exhibitions

  • Past Exhibitions

High Streets & Hedgerows: Bayford & Little Berkhamsted

The fascinating history of these two delightful villages and the stories of the people who lived and worked there were the focus of this exhibition.

You can still visit the exhibition online.

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Past Exhibitions

  • Past Exhibitions

DANAD: Mavericks of Marden Hill

Discover the amazing story of the pop art pioneers who turned a crumbling Georgian mansion into a unique residential community of creatives. Featuring original works by artists including Tom Adams, Sir Peter Blake, Bernard Cohen, Barry Daniels, Robyn Denny and Edward Wright.

This exhibition has been generously supported by a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and by the Government Indemnity Scheme.

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