From North London to Hertford, John Godden painted the world around him, like no one else, finding beauty where others saw the everyday or the unsightly. His LGBT+ portraits illustrate the hidden lives of many gay men in the 1960s. Discover his unique talent in this exciting new exhibition.

Please note: This exhibition contains sexualised nudity and is recommended for ages 16+. Parents wishing to accompany younger children in this exhibition do so at their own discretion.

Discover the beautiful sketches and paintings of Revd Richard Newell and his son Charles, made both at their home in Little Hormead and on walking tours around Britain and Ireland.

Discover a world of animals – from extraordinary creatures to familiar friends – as we explore our relationship with animals, and how their image and characteristics have captured the imagination of artists and craftspeople for thousands of years.

Float through four centuries of ballooning in Hertfordshire, from the earliest manned flight over England in 1784, and the daring exploits of nineteenth century aeronauts, through the Zeppelin threats of the First World War, to modern-day ballooning escapades in Hertford.

Your chance to own an original painting and support Hertford Museum at the same time! With thanks to Hertford Arts Society for donating their work.

From farmland on the edge of Hertford to a close knit community with its own unique identity, discover the stories of the pioneers who made Sele Farm their home.

Find out how the estate has continued to develop, and what it is like to live and grow up there today.

Utilising Hertford Museum’s extensive geology collection, including Hertfordshire’s native puddingstone, to help understand the past, present and future of the earth’s climate.

Its Free! Donations welcome!

Thanks to funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Hertford Museum has recorded the stories of people who have made a home here.

Discover what drew people to Hertford and how they have settled in to and contributed to our communities.

Visit the second phase of the exhibition at the museum and ONLINE at

Discover lost architectural glories and buildings we were glad to see the back of and find out about some of the people who lived and worked in them.


Discover the history of one of Hertford’s best loved parks with this guest exhibition from the Friends of Panshanger Park.

Don’t miss the series of accompanying talks: Talking Panshanger


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