The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Howard Guard, on his horse. Courtesy Hertfordshire Museums Partnership
The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, who looks rather dashing on his white steed, will be doing some racing over the next six weeks – but not at a horse racetrack. He’s going on a tour of all the county’s museums and historical sites to raise their profile, packing in up to seven venues each day.
The high profile visiting round has been arranged to promote the region’s rich range of heritage attractions, which include everything from an outpost of London’s Natural History Museum at Tring to the house of respected Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.
The High Sheriff, Howard Guard, will be in full court dress for his tour, which has been organised by Hertfordshire Museums Partnership.
“In Hertfordshire we have many dozens of high-tech companies that rival any in the Silicon Valley,” commented the Sheriff. “We burst with innovation and enterprise and we are surrounded by commercial success, but how many of us know that Hertfordshire hosts 43 museums, all richly diverse and all of tremendous interest?”
“The reality is that Hertfordshire remains an undiscovered secret for many people,” he said, adding that the county’s heritage is equal to its impressive roster of companies.
On January 30, his whistle-stop tour will include Mill Green Museum and Mill, Welwyn Roman Baths, St Albans Organ Theatre, the Museum of St Albans, Verulamium Museum, the Speedway Museum and Lowewood Museum.
On February 1, the itinerary takes in Tring Local History Museum, The Natural History Museum at Tring, Dacorum Heritage Trust, Berkhamstead, the Museum of Technology, The Great War and WWII, Redbourn Village Museum, Redbournbury Watermill and National Trust property in Ayot St Lawrence.