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.
Hertfordshire's Hidden Heroines

Discover Hertfordshire’s inspiring women!

  • 30 April — 2 July 2016 *on now

30th April – 2nd July at Hertford Museum

This collaborative exhibition from Hertford Museum and Trestle Arts Centre features amazing stories of pioneers, campaigners, scientists and even a balloon parachutist! Illustrated by eclectic collections and original art works inspired by the county’s Hidden Heroines.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

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 at Hertford Museum

  • 4 June 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

First Saturday of the month: 7th May, 4th June

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

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
Knit & Natter

Knit and Natter

  • 9 June 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

Admission

£1

Nuts about nature

Nuts about Nature!

  • 31 May — 2 June 2016 *on now

Tuesday 31st May- Thursday 2nd June, 10.30-3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) £1.50 per child

Drop in and take part in crafts inspired by all things to do with nature. Make a clay sculpture, create a countryside scene and more!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50 per child

Hidden Hertford

Hidden Hertford Walks

  • 5 June 2016 11am-1pm
  • 26 June 2016 11am-1pm
  • 3 July 2016 11am-1pm
  • 10 July 2016 11am-1pm
  • 24 July 2016 11am-1pm
  • 7 August 2016 11am-1pm
  • 14 August 2016 11am-1pm

All walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential, please contact the museum on 01992 582686 or hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com to secure your place(s). All walks will start from Hertford Museum unless stated otherwise. Free, donations welcome.


Leader Walk Date
Jean Riddell Christ’s Hospital Sunday 5th June
Gill Cordingley Hidden Hertford Sunday 26th June
Peter Ruffles At World’s End Sunday 3rd July
Edgar Lake Bull Plain- A Personal View Sunday 10th July
Gill Cordingley Hidden Hertford Sunday 24th July
Jean Riddell Old Cross and Cowbridge Sunday 7th August
Peter Ruffles St Andrews Parish Sunday 14th August

Admission

Free. Donations welcome

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Wicked Lady film

Hertford Museum Presents: The Wicked Lady

  • 18 June 2016 7:30-10:30pm

Saturday 18th June 7.30 for 8pm screening

Don’t miss this exciting cinematic experience at Hertford Museum! Enjoy an evening visit to our Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines Exhibition then sit back with a drink and some popcorn and enjoy Margaret Lockwood’s devilish turn as the Hertfordshire Highwaywoman based on Herts Hidden Heroine Katherine Ferrers.

Tickets are extremely limited to this exclusive event so we strongly advise booking in advance. Please note this film is rated PG.
Tickets £5 per person includes one bag of popcorn
Pay bar available

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Puppets

‘Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines – Pop up Puppets!’

  • 25 June 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 25th June, 10.30 – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) Its free!

Drop in and make a pop up puppet with Kathryn Holt (craft activity leader) inspired by the women featured in our new exhibition ‘Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines.’

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Bombard the Battlements

Bombard the Battlements’

  • 23 July 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 23rd July, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm)

Join us for a FREE fun family day at Hertford Museum as we celebrate 800 years since the siege of Hertford Castle in 1216. Discover what life was like for a Knight living in a castle with re-enactors Mr and Mrs History, take part in a secret trail around the museum and more! Drop in, it’s free- donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

X marks the Spot

‘X Marks the Spot’

  • 26 — 28 July 2016

Tuesday 26th –Thursday 28th July, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). £1.50 per child
Plunderers beware! Join us and make piratey crafts inspired by the treasures of Hertford Museum. Make your very own treasure chest and more!
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50 per person

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Amazing Archaeology

‘Amazing Archaeology’

  • 2 — 4 August 2016

Tuesday 2nd- Thursday 4th August, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). £1.50 per child
Take part in crafts inspired by our archaeology and fossil collections. Make a clay fossil, design a mosaic and more!
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Archaeological Detectives

‘Archaeological Detectives at Hertford Museum’

  • 5 August 2016 2-3:30pm

Friday 5th August, 2.00 - 3.30 pm £4.50 per child, please book in advance. Suitable for ages 7-11. Maximum 20 places.
Discover archaeology and fossils by taking part in a mock archaeological dig.
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£4.50 per child

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Stop the Rot

‘Stop the Rot!’

  • 9 — 11 August 2016

Tuesday 9th- Thursday 11th August, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). £1.50 per child
Be inspired by the creepy crawlies in our exhibition and create your very own museum pest bug. What will you discover?
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Imaginary World

‘Imaginary Worlds’

  • 16 — 18 August 2016

Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th August, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). £1.50 per child
Create crafts based on the unusual objects on display at Hertford Museum. Make a Samurai mask, try your hand at sponge printing and more!
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

http://www/hertfordmuseum.org

Protect the Portcullis

‘Protect the Portcullis’

  • 23 — 25 August 2016

Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th August. 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). £1.50 per child
Help defend Hertford’s castle by making a miniature catapult, create your own model castle and more!
Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Crazy Castles

‘Crazy Castles at Hertford Museum’

  • 26 August 2016 2-3:30pm

Friday 26th August, 2.00 - 3.30 pm £4.50 per child, please book in advance. Suitable for ages 7-11. Maximum 20 places.

Find out about life in a castle by taking part in an interactive handling session, then make your very own armour.

Limited free spaces may be available for families on low incomes. Please see our website for more information.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£4.50 per child

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Musical Mystery Tour

Musical Mystery Tour

  • 28 August 2016 2-4pm

Sunday 28th August, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Join us at Hertford Museum for live music (band and timings TBC) and a licensed pay bar.

Website

http://www.hertfordmuseum.org

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
Hertford
Hertfordshire
SG14 1DT
England

Website

www.hertfordmuseum.org

E-mail

hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

Telephone

01992 582686

Fax

01992 552100

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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