Hertford Museum

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.
Butchery Green

The City of Butchery Green

  • 13 February — 16 April 2016

13th February – 16th April 2016
The shopping centre of Bircherley Green stands on the site of Hertford’s most notorious slum. As Hertford considers the future of Bircherley Green we look back on the stories of Bircherley Green’s inhabitants from the City Arms public house and the Ragged School to the end of the slum and the arrival of the shops and bus station.

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.
Knit & Natter

Knit and Natter

  • 11 February 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 10 March 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Second Thursday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm
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.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person

Stay & Play

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 5 March 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 2 April 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

First Saturday of the month: 2nd Jan, 6th Feb, 5th March, 2nd April

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 entry, just drop in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
National Story Telling Week

Once Upon a Time...

  • 16 — 18 February 2016

Tuesday 16th- Thursday 18th February 2016, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm) £1.50 per child
Join us this half term as we continue the celebrations with National Storytelling Week! Be inspired by some of the stories in our collection and create a story wheel, a finger puppet and more!

Why not write your own story .... discover and enter into our prize draw to win...

Saturday January 30th to Saturday February 6th 2016. (Storytelling week)

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


£1.50 per child

Hertford Museum Presents: A First World War Family Open Day at Waterford Village Hall

  • 20 February 2016 12-4pm

Saturday 20th February 12pm – 4pm
It’s Free! Drop In!
Discover life in a First World War battalion rest camp with the Great War Society, visit our From Bull Plain to the Battlefields exhibition in the village hall, enjoy fabulous live musical performances, take part in fun crafty activities and much more!
This event is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund


Waterford Village Hall
2 High Road
SG14 2PR





Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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