Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum Discover this surprising local history museum located in the centre of the historic town of Hertford, the County Town of Hertfordshire.
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Well that's new! Hello Bircherley Street! Also exciting dystopian future/Terminator style views! #demolitionwatch
21/01/2021

Well that's new! Hello Bircherley Street! Also exciting dystopian future/Terminator style views! #demolitionwatch

We are delighted to welcome new corporate patrons Croudace Homes, developers of  Blakemore Manor by Croudace Homes! Supp...
18/01/2021
Patrons - Hertford Museum

We are delighted to welcome new corporate patrons Croudace Homes, developers of Blakemore Manor by Croudace Homes! Support from our corporate patrons means so much, especially during this difficult period of closure. Thank you!
Could your business help the museum? All the info and links to our corporate patrons are here: https://www.hertfordmuseum.org/support-us/patrons

The Museum enjoys the patronage of more than 30 individuals and companies who support us via their annual membership, as well as participating in the life of the museum in many different ways. Our Patrons are invaluable to us and contribute significantly to the Museum’s financial sustainability.

Huge thanks to all of you who joined Sara for our first ever #Lockdown Lunchtime! We had a blast! Plus a big thank you t...
13/01/2021
Support Us - Hertford Museum

Huge thanks to all of you who joined Sara for our first ever #Lockdown Lunchtime! We had a blast! Plus a big thank you to all of you who sent lovely messages online and by email. It was very much appreciated!
If you would like to make a donation to help support the museum whilst we are closed then please head to our website and scroll down to the donate button!
https://www.hertfordmuseum.org/support-us

Hertford Museum is a registered charity; generously supported by Hertford Town Council with an annual grant which covers approximately 50% of our running costs. We rely heavily on external project funding, donations and generating income from events and services to enable us to continue caring for o...

Wonder what the collective term is for a group of scoopers? Any ideas? #demolitionwatch
07/01/2021

Wonder what the collective term is for a group of scoopers? Any ideas? #demolitionwatch

Packing sketches by Hertford's LGBT illustration pioneer Ronald Wright in archival storage today.  #itsahardjobbutsomebo...
06/01/2021

Packing sketches by Hertford's LGBT illustration pioneer Ronald Wright in archival storage today. #itsahardjobbutsomebodysgottodoit 😉 #storiesfromthestores

These cyclamen are providing a little ray of sunshine in the museum garden and our cheeky tulips can't seem to wait for ...
04/01/2021

These cyclamen are providing a little ray of sunshine in the museum garden and our cheeky tulips can't seem to wait for spring!

Z is for…Zoetrope! The zoetrope was invented by William George Horner in 1834. It produces the illusion of movement and ...
26/12/2020

Z is for…Zoetrope! The zoetrope was invented by William George Horner in 1834. It produces the illusion of movement and animation by viewing images through the narrow slits in its rotating cylinder. What does our zoetrope show? It's on display in our galleries - come and try out our replica for yourself.

Y is for…Yuletide! Today's the big day! However you celebrate, all of us here at Hertford Museum wish you a Merry Christ...
25/12/2020

Y is for…Yuletide! Today's the big day! However you celebrate, all of us here at Hertford Museum wish you a Merry Christmas. May your days be merry, bright and full of joy. These Christmas cards were designed by Roy Lutner and show Hertford Castle and Shire Hall in the snow.

X is for…X-ray! Of a mummified left hand, dating from around 30BC - 100AD. All of our mummified remains were kindly x-ra...
24/12/2020

X is for…X-ray! Of a mummified left hand, dating from around 30BC - 100AD. All of our mummified remains were kindly x-rayed by the radiology team at Hertford County Hospital in 2006. The X ray of this hand revealed a bony growth on the first finger that may indicate leprosy. We have several hands, a thigh and a foot. Many of these would have been sold to tourists in the 18th and 19th centuries as souvenirs. It was much easier for a grave robber to remove a hand or foot to sell than a whole mummy.

Last #demolitionwatch before Christmas and a beautiful rainbow over Bircherley Green! Hopefully a sign of good things to...
23/12/2020

Last #demolitionwatch before Christmas and a beautiful rainbow over Bircherley Green! Hopefully a sign of good things to come!

W is for…Watch! 18 carat gold and blue enamel pocket watch in case. Presented to Corporal Alfred Alexander Burt VC. Corp...
23/12/2020

W is for…Watch! 18 carat gold and blue enamel pocket watch in case. Presented to Corporal Alfred Alexander Burt VC. Corporal Burt of the Hertfordshire Regiment was a gas fitter from Hertford and was awarded the VC for most conspicuous bravery, determination and devotion on September 27th 1915. He saved the lives of more than 20 comrades when he defused and threw a minenwerfer shell back over the parapet from where it had been fired as part of a German barrage. Burt was one of the Honour Guard at the internment of the Unknown Soldier on Thursday 11th November 1920.

V is for…Vacuum Cleaner! The 'Baby Daisy' was a manual vacuum cleaner designed in France but built in Britain, first des...
22/12/2020

V is for…Vacuum Cleaner! The 'Baby Daisy' was a manual vacuum cleaner designed in France but built in Britain, first designed in 1890 and named after the inventor's infant daughter. It took two people to operate it: one to work the bellows to create suction and one to clean the house using the attached hose. Imagine trying to clean up for Christmas with one of those!

We will still be offering call and collect from our shop Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd if you need some last minute st...
21/12/2020

We will still be offering call and collect from our shop Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd if you need some last minute stocking fillers. Give us a call on 01992 582686!

U is for…Uniform! Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Uniform. This uniform belonged to Mary Skerman, a ...
21/12/2020

U is for…Uniform! Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Uniform. This uniform belonged to Mary Skerman, a nurse in Egypt during the First World War who died there of Spanish flu. Her family were boot makers in St Andrew's Street, Hertford. By the end of the First World War, over 10,000 women had joined the QAIMNS. The nurses served at the front line and almost 200 died on active service. When the Military Medal was brought in for bravery in 1916, some of the first recipients were military nurses.

T is for…Toothbrush! A two row bone toothbrush made by William Addis and Son for the Army and Navy Stores who sold these...
20/12/2020

T is for…Toothbrush! A two row bone toothbrush made by William Addis and Son for the Army and Navy Stores who sold these brushes in India. Two rows of extremely stiff bristles with red enamel in graves. Made circa 1890. Did you know that Hertford Museum holds the Addis archive and, therefore, has the largest collection of toothbrushes in the world?

S is for…Samian Ware! Also known as terra sigillata ware, this red, polished pottery was used across the Roman Empire fr...
19/12/2020

S is for…Samian Ware! Also known as terra sigillata ware, this red, polished pottery was used across the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD. This piece is from a cemetery excavation. Can you see the leaf motif on the rim?

Its our last day open for a while, you've got until 5pm to pop in and make us smile!Meanwhile on #demolitionwatch we're ...
18/12/2020

Its our last day open for a while, you've got until 5pm to pop in and make us smile!
Meanwhile on #demolitionwatch we're saying goodbye to Boots and remembering its former glory!

R is for…Ration book! Food ration book dating from the Second World War (1941) with a list of food shops inside the fron...
18/12/2020

R is for…Ration book! Food ration book dating from the Second World War (1941) with a list of food shops inside the front cover. Issued to Marjorie Knight of Cole Green, Hertford. Food rationing was introduced in Britain in 1940 with the rationing of bacon, butter and sugar. Eventually most foods became rationed, with the exception of fruit and vegetables. Clothing and other resources such as petrol were also rationed. Rationing didn't completely end until 1958.

17/12/2020

We are very sorry to report that the museum will have to close at end of day, 5pm, tomorrow Friday 18th, until further notice. Please do come in tomorrow and visit our DANAD exhibition whilst you can and pick up a perfect present from our shop. Your support is hugely appreciated!
We'll still be offering cultural engagement online via our social media pages, plus demolition watch and a call & collect service from our shop, so all is not lost!

Q is for…Queen! A photograph of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother, Honorary Colonel of the Hertfordshire Regiment and consor...
17/12/2020

Q is for…Queen! A photograph of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother, Honorary Colonel of the Hertfordshire Regiment and consort of King George VI. The photograph is from 1954.

P is for…Puppet! 2 puppets - one with a floral skirt and one with green trousers. They belonged to Hertford local Jane W...
16/12/2020

P is for…Puppet! 2 puppets - one with a floral skirt and one with green trousers. They belonged to Hertford local Jane White and her children played with them too. What do you think their names could be?

Today on demolition watch: new exciting view of the car park!
15/12/2020

Today on demolition watch: new exciting view of the car park!

We are delighted to welcome new Corporate Patrons Beaver Trison! Find out how you or your business can help support us i...
15/12/2020
Patrons - Hertford Museum

We are delighted to welcome new Corporate Patrons
Beaver Trison! Find out how you or your business can help support us in Inspiring Generations! https://www.hertfordmuseum.org/support-us/patrons

The Museum enjoys the patronage of more than 30 individuals and companies who support us via their annual membership, as well as participating in the life of the museum in many different ways. Our Patrons are invaluable to us and contribute significantly to the Museum’s financial sustainability.

O is for…Ornament! Household ornament flowers made from bird feathers. Feathers have been used as decoration throughout ...
15/12/2020

O is for…Ornament! Household ornament flowers made from bird feathers. Feathers have been used as decoration throughout human history for hair, clothes, and household objects. What are your favourite kind of feathers?

N is for…Nutcracker! A small wooden nutcracker. Wilhelm Fuchtner pioneered the commercial production of nutcrackers usin...
14/12/2020

N is for…Nutcracker! A small wooden nutcracker. Wilhelm Fuchtner pioneered the commercial production of nutcrackers using a lathe in 1872. According to German folklore, nutcracker dolls bring good luck to the families and homes they belong to, baring its teeth to evil spirits.

M is for…Mammals! Hertford Museum has an incredible range of natural history specimens, all of which can reveal details ...
13/12/2020

M is for…Mammals! Hertford Museum has an incredible range of natural history specimens, all of which can reveal details of the animals themselves and the people who collected them. Two examples are shown here. Image 1: Pangolin tail skin mounted on wood. This example is of the species manis gigantea, found in West and Central Africa. Image 2: A pair of horns and part of the skull of an Indian Blackbuck. Blackbuck numbers dropped significantly throughout the 20th century due to excessive hunting, deforestation, and other damage to their habitat. Today it is illegal to hunt blackbuck in India, where the majority of their small population can be found.

L is for…Letter! This is a letter sent to parents from the Headmaster of Hertford Grammar School, in September 1939, dis...
12/12/2020

L is for…Letter! This is a letter sent to parents from the Headmaster of Hertford Grammar School, in September 1939, discussing the re-opening of the school after the outbreak of the Second World War. Shelter was to be provided in the event of an air raid, and boys were reminded that they must bring their respirators (gas masks) to school every day, with the box 'clearly marked with the owner's name and address'. Do you have any wartime memories or stories?

Stay and Play: At Home for the Holidays!While we might not be able to offer our usual programme of fun family activities...
11/12/2020

Stay and Play: At Home for the Holidays!
While we might not be able to offer our usual programme of fun family activities inside the museum over the Christmas holidays, we wanted to make sure we could still spread some festive cheer! Pop in and pick up a Museum Takeaway bag filled with almost everything you need to have a fabulously festive time at home for just £3.50. Packs include instructions and limited materials for crafts, drawing, writing, cooking, and learning about winter celebrations and traditions. Hertford Museum has also donated 10 Museum Takeaway bags to the Hertford & District Food Bank for distribution to its clients. Happy crafting everyone! #hmxmastakeaway

K is for…Katana! A Katana was the high status weapon of choice of Japanese Samurai, well paid protectors of feudal landl...
11/12/2020

K is for…Katana! A Katana was the high status weapon of choice of Japanese Samurai, well paid protectors of feudal landlords. This katana was made by Fujiwara Sane Yuki, from the Bungo Province in 1673. The samurai class were disbanded in the late 19th century, as Japan moved towards modern warfare, and the wearing of swords was banned in 1876.

J is for…Jacket! Uniform of Colonel Sir Charles Longmore, 1897-1908. He was Commanding Officer of the 1st Herts Voluntee...
10/12/2020

J is for…Jacket! Uniform of Colonel Sir Charles Longmore, 1897-1908. He was Commanding Officer of the 1st Herts Volunteer Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, and the newly formed Hertfordshire Regiment from 1908 until 1913. Where else can you find the Longmore name in Hertford?

I is for…Intaglio! A carved Roman cornelian intaglio excavated from a grave at Skeleton Green, Puckeridge, in 1971. It a...
09/12/2020

I is for…Intaglio! A carved Roman cornelian intaglio excavated from a grave at Skeleton Green, Puckeridge, in 1971. It appears never to have been set in a ring as it is in perfect condition. It depicts clasped hands which signify concord and are especially associated with marriage and betrothal. Above this are a wine vessel (cantharus) between two horns of plenty (cornucopiae), all three surmounted by eagles. The intaglio may have been a betrothal gift placed with the remains of the would-be recipient or donor as a pledge of continued love. Romantic, don't you think?

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18 Bull Plain
Hertford
SG14 1DT

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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01992 582686

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https://lovejoyadventures530629135.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/hertford-the-forgotten-town/ Good afternoon everyone - today we consider the role Hertford played in its support of Lovejoy. We highlight the cross over of counties as the show shifts from Suffolk to Essex and Hertfordshire. The central introduction of Saffron Walden and Bishop Stortford start to prepare the show for a long production run that covered circa ten years.
Thank you for a fantastic Galentine evening yesterday Bubbly and Bathbombs please do more like this (Sorry about my awful presentation!)
I am a direct desendant of Abraham Andrews of 25 Castle Street, Hertford who was one of the two brothers who founded the original Hertford Museum. I am very impressed with how expansive and impressive the Hertford Museum has become!
Really enjoyed looking round the museum yesterday. Such a shame the person on reception could hardly be bothered to lift her head to say hello!
My sister and I enjoyed our visit to the Museum Stores Open Day. What wonderful things you have! Everyone was very friendly and helpful too.
Hello! If you know of any communities, groups or non-profit organisations in Hertford that would love to receive up to £4000 funding then please do contact me and I can help them apply for a funding grant through Tesco Bags of Help. Hertford is currently under-subscribed, which means applicants are highly likely to receive £4000, £2000 or £1000, just as long as there is a community benefit! This means money can be spent on equipment, materials, one off events, training, venue hire, etc. All sorts! Please do get in touch if you need help applying or click on the following link to apply straight away. The deadline is 10th August so best to apply soon. Thanks :)