Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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Hertford Museum
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The newly refurbished Hertford Museum opened in February 2010, thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and many other kind donations. It was established in 1903 and is located in a 17th century town house with an attractive Jacobean style garden.

The displays on the ground floor tell the story of the early days of the museum, where objects from all over the world where collected, including exotic animals, Japanese armour and fossils. The whole of the first floor of the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the town and the townsfolk. A ring of Hertford faces shows Hertford’s famous and good. Visitors can find out about these people by dialling an old phone.

Find out all about childhood in Hertford, free time, health and wellbeing, shopping and the many industries that have shaped the town. See how big Hertford Castle really was with our model of the building in 1550. Find out all about the Hertfordshire Regiment and the stories of local men and women who fought and worked for their country.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
Closed Sun Mon & public holidays

Admission charges

Admission Free

Extensive collections from Hertford, Hertfordshire and beyond. Local archaeology, social history, photographs, paintings and prints, plus ethnographic collection and Hertfordshire regiment collection.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Bickerton and his birds

Mr Bickerton and his Birds: An exhibition of photographs

  • 31 January — 28 March 2015 *on now

31st January – 28th March 2015
An exhibition of photographs by celebrated bird enthusiast William Bickerton who produced beautiful images of birds in Hertfordshire and beyond. These photographs along with Bickerton’s lecture notes and drafts of his books will be displayed together for the first time since his lecture tours at the start of the twentieth century. From a tiny Reed Warbler feeding a giant baby Cuckoo to Arctic Terns ready for flight, these images have been charming and fascinating viewers for 100 years!
Free Entry, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free entry

Inspired by Bickerton

Inspired by Bickerton

  • 2 — 18 April 2015

2nd – 18th April 2015
A display of your photographs of a Hertfordshire animal, bird or insect inspired by our exhibition ‘Mr Bickerton and his Birds’.
Free Entry, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Stay & Play

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 7 March 2015 10:30am-3:30pm *on now
  • 4 April 2015 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 2 May 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturdays: 7th February, 7th March, 4th April & 2nd May 2015
10.30 am – 3.30 pm
On the first Saturday of each month, The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum will be open for families to enjoy a free play session. Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?
Free, just drop in, donations welcome

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6



Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter at Hertford Museum

  • 12 March 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Second Thursday of the month, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
8th January, 12th February, 12th March
Whether you're a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum. This is a chance to share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.
£1 per person

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person

Hidden Hertford

Walking Tours of Hertford

  • 8 March 2015 11am-12:30pm
  • 29 March 2015 11am-12:30pm
  • 19 April 2015 11am-12:30pm
  • 3 May 2015 11am-12:30pm

Explore the town's hidden past with a tour of the town. All walks are led on Sundays, starting at 11.00 am. All walks are free of charge, although donations to Hertford Museum are welcome. Booking is essential - please telephone the museum to secure your place(s) and to find out the walk meeting point.
8th March Hidden Hertford Gill Cordingley
29th March How Hertford’s pub scene was shaped Les Midlewood
19th April Bombs and Blackouts Edgar Lake
3rd May The Curiosities of Hertford Jean Riddell

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Lino Cut Print

Art & Crafts for adults

  • 11 March 2015 10am-12:30pm, 7-9:30pm

Wednesday 11th March 2015
10am – 12.30pm OR 7pm – 9.30pm
Be inspired by an introduction from our Curator to the amazing world of patterns within our collections. Try your hand at designing your own and making a lino cut print.
No experience necessary, full instruction from experienced artists. All materials provided, includes tea and coffee.
We are running two identical sessions at 10am – 12.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm.
£15 per person - booking essential

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£15 per person

Model Railway

Model Railway Day at Hertford Museum

  • 14 March 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 14th March 2014, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
A spring time Model Railway Day for all the family to enjoy!
Free, just drop in, donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Family friendly