News from Hertfordshire's Museums

Museum Activities for the Countdown to Christmas!

Tuesday 28 November 2017


A Christmas Celebration - Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 3pm (last entry 2.40pm)

A festive family fun day!  Create a decoration for our Christmas tree and make your own festive baubles to take home.  Listen to some cosy Christmas stories and see if you can spot the stars in our gallery trail.

Free (£1.50 per child for the craft activity and museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Wreath making workshop - Saturday 2nd December, 10am – 12.30pm

As the nights draw in, come and decorate a wreath to bring festive cheer to your home. All materials are supplied.

Please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.


Tots' Tales - Wednesday 13th December, 10.30am – 11.30am, 11.45am – 12.45pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson. Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult. An extra session has been added due to popular demand but please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

£3.00 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Crafts in the Collonade - Wednesday 20th December, 2pm – 4pm (last entry 3.40pm)

Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

£1.50 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).       

Museum Explorers - Thursday 21st December, all day

Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum. What will you discover as you venture into Verulamium Museum?

Free (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Crafts in the Collonade - Wednesday 27th December, 2pm – 4pm (last entry 3.40pm)

Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

£1.50 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).       

Museum Explorers - Thursday 28th December, all day

Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum. What will you discover as you venture into Verulamium Museum?

Free (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).


Willow Christmas Decorations  - Wednesday 6th December, 1030 to 12 noon

Simple techniques to make festive bits and pieces - choose from a range of Christmas weaves and plaits to make some hand crafted decorations. Suitable for beginners.

Part of the regional Traditional Hertfordshire Project. £5 per person

To book contact Royston Museum on 01763 242587

Historical Crafty Kids – Winter Celebrations - Saturday 9th December

Discover how people in history celebrated winter with crafty activities and a trail around the museum. Part of the regional Traditional Hertfordshire Project.

£3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance

Crafty Kids: Merry Christmas! - Saturday 16th December, 10.30am-12noon        

Christmas themed craft activities for kids. 

£3 per child.  Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance. 

Please note that Royston Museum closes to the public for Xmas & New Year on Thursday 21st December at 5pm (last admission 4.45pm), and re-opens on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10am.


Games Night - Tuesday 28th November – 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

The museum is having a special evening opening for an old-fashioned games night on the second floor at 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB.  Everyone is welcome to join the museum volunteers and play a selection of games.  You can also see the museum’s popular Toys Games and Gadgets exhibition which runs until 13th January.

It is free, and refreshments are offered.  Please ring the museum if you are planning to come along on 01442 454888 – further information at

Museum opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday: 3pm – 6pm


Also has a games theme to their current temporary exhibition on the History of Merit Toys.  Merit was a Potters Bar factory and brought us some classic childhood games.  They invite you to come along for a nostalgic trip through childhood in the exhibition which runs over the Christmas period.

Wyllotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN

Open: Tuesday and Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Saturday: 11am – 1pm


Christmas Starfish - Thursday 30 November and 14 December 10.30-11.00

Audience: Under 5’s - Get messy with clay to create a starfish decoration.  In this led activity, under 5s play with clay to create a unique starfish to decorate their Christmas tree.

£2 per child.  Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance. 

Rudolph Christmas Trail - Saturday 2 December – Sunday 7 January (10.00-17.00 Mon-Sat and 14.00-17.00 Sunday)

Audience: Suitable for all ages. Follow Rudolph around the world as he delivers gifts and meets new animals.  Take a journey around the museum with Rudolph to explore his new friends. On your trip spot hidden reindeer and have a go at some games. Complete the trail and receive a chocolate treat!

Ticket prices: Child £1 per trail

Behind the Scenes:  Voyages of Discovery - Thursday 7 December 11.00-12.00 noon

Step behind the scenes to see the world-renowned bird collection including historic specimens linked to Darwin, Wallace and Shackleton.  Discover the different types of scientific collection, how they are prepared, conserved and used by researchers from around the world.

The tour is themed around the Voyages of Discovery. Get the rare chance to look at historical specimens and hear about the great lengths explorers took for science.  

Photo ID required, advance booking required.  Audience: Adults, £10 per ticket. 

Hertfordshire Association of Museums Membership 2017/18

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Hertfordshire Association of Museums Membership is now open for 2017/18 and it is now open to individuals, freelancers and businesses.

The Hertfordshire Association of Museums is an organisation that supports and promotes museums and heritage organisations in Hertfordshire, by bringing together information on collections, activities and events in the region.  Membership to the Association starts from as little as £40 for Full Member, £25 for Associate and Individual members and £50 for Corporate members. 

If you are interested in a museum career, networking in the local heritage sector or just interested then please email us on to find out more about eligibilty criteria. 

Christmas Activities in Hertfordshire Museums 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016

There is a fantastic array of activities taking place in Museums in Hertfordshire this festive season.  Why not check out the list below to see how your local Museum is celebrating Christmas.

British Schools Museum, Hitchin

Victorian Christmas Fair at the British Schools Museum - Friday 2nd December, 4.30 – 7.30pm.

Experience a Victorian Christmas in the Headmaster's House decked out in traditional decorations, and join in with our wonderful carol singers. Then warm up with mulled wine, roast chestnuts and bacon rolls while browsing the craft stalls for a perfect Christmas gift. Free admission.

Christmas Fair at the British Schools Museum - Saturday 3rd December 10.00am – 2.00pm

Join us for craft stalls, games and raffles. Then refresh yourself with mulled wine and a bacon roll before experiencing a Victorian Christmas in the Headmaster's House. Free admission.

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum

Christmas at 96 - Saturday 3rd December 12.00pm – 3.30pm

Meet Santa All Day, Christmas Magic Party 12.00-1.30pm, Hertsmere Academy of Dance 1.40-2.10pm, Toddler Tales 2.30-3.00pm and Fixation Theatre 3.00-3.30pm.  There will also be crafts, Christmas biscuits and face painting throughout the day.

Hertford Museum

A Victorian Spectacle at Hertford Museum  - Thursday 22nd December 2.30-4.00pm.

Join us as we step back in time and explore Victorian Hertford at Christmas. Make traditional presents, play parlour games and more!  £4.50 per child, booking Essential (free spaces are available for children of low income families).   

Knebworth House

A Christmas Carol - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016, 3.30pm & 7.30pm. 

A fireside reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, read by actor Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey/The Durrells).  There will also be festive musical accompaniment. Guests will be offered a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival. Parking is in the Courtyard directly in front of the House.  There will be a 20 minute interval during which drinks may be purchased and guests will have an opportunity to wander through some of the rooms on the ground floor of the House.

Tickets for the evening performances are £27.50 and matinee tickets are £25.00 per person, booking is essential.

Lunch with Santa - 4th, 11th and 18th December, 12.30pm.

Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child.  Arrival is from 12.00 midday and the Bar will be open for cash purchase drinks. Your two-course lunch will be served at 12.30 pm. Santa will arrive following dessert with a gift for every child. 

Adults: £25.00 per person.  Children aged up to 13 years of age £12.00, booking is essential.

Lowewood Museum

Annual Christmas Event - Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy some tasty festive treats and have a go at our Christmas craft. No booking necessary. 


Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

Crafty Kids: Merry Christmas - Saturday 10th December, 10.30 – 12.00pm.  

Christmas themes activities for kids, £3 per child and no booking necessary. 

Stevenage Museum

New Town Christmas - Saturday 10th December,  11.00am – 4.00pm

Visit Santa (£5), make retro Christmas decorations and visit the craft fair.

Verulamium Museum, St Albans

Cracking Christmas Crafts - Saturday 3rd December 10.30 – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 4.00pm.

A day of festive crafty fun for all the family, where you can create decorations and make your own personalised Christmas card.  £3.00. 

Tots Tales - Wednesday 14th December, 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Christmas themed story and craft activity. Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult. £2.00. 
Spaces are limited so please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810. 

Celebrating Saturnalia - Monday 19th – Friday 23rd December, 2.00 – 4.00pm.

Help us to celebrate the Roman festival of Saturnaliam and decorate the museum’s Christmas tree! Suitable for 3+ year olds, accompanied by an adult. £1.50. 

12 Days of Christmas - Wednesday 28th  – Friday 30th December, 10.00am – 5.00pm.

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Explore the museum with a very special Roman themed ‘12 days of Christmas’ trail. Free.

Watford Museum

Festive Family Fun at Watford Museum - Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Lots of drop-in craft, storytelling, face painting and even a special appearance by Father Christmas!  £3 per child. Suitable for all ages.

Please check the individual museum websites for their Christmas Opening Times

Hertfordshire Museum Development Receives Lottery Funding for 'Traditional Hertfordshire'

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Traditional Hertfordshire; a partnership project between Dacorum Heritage Trust, Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, Mill Green Museum and Mill, North-Hertfordshire Museum, Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery and Stevenage Museum, led by Hertfordshire’s Museums Development Service is delighted to announce its success in obtaining an ‘Our Heritage’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Hertfordshire has a unique cultural heritage, and thanks to National Lottery players this project will inspire and reinvigorate interest and knowledge to help recreate Hertfordshire’s sense of local identity by uncovering, examining and sharing the unique aspects of Hertfordshire’s traditional culture including folklore, legends, arts and crafts, music and myths.

Each organisation will interpret the theme differently depending on their collection and specific priorities, all engaging with local people and visitors to Hertfordshire.

  • Dacorum Heritage Trust will create a pop-up exhibition in a shop in Hemel Hempstead. The exhibition will share a legend/superstition from each of the four towns in the DHT collecting area (Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring). This will include myths, stories of fairies and witchcraft and superstitions surrounding straw dollies. They will also be running a series of craft workshops.
  • Royston Museum will create an exhibition on local folklore They will also hold children’s storytelling sessions based on local legends and workshops on traditional crafts such as rag rugging and felt making.
  • Mill Green Museum & Mill will uncover the myths of milling from through the ages including local stories and folklore about the River Lea and broader milling myths and legends. They will also collect oral history from local millers and Mill Green Hamlet residents in order to record and share milling dialect and phrases, and the memories of milling. This will all be displayed in an exhibition. They will also start a Young Millers Club which will  engage young people with milling heritage and teach them new skills.
  • North-Herts Museum in Hitchin will research collections to uncover local folklore and legends such as the legend of the Alchemist of Lely. These stories will be told through an exhibition. They will also work with Hitchin Folk Music Society to revitalise traditional songs and rhymes by once again setting them to music and performing them at an evening event celebrating traditional culture.
  • Stevenage Museum will record and share the history of the Stevenage Charter Fair. They will collect oral histories and images at the 2016 Charter Fair. These will all be displayed alongside historic material in an exhibition at the museum. Alongside the exhibition will be a fantastic series of family-friendly events and a new schools workshop.
  • Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies will be working with AFRICOMEU, to record and share the traditions, ceremonies, rituals and beliefs surrounding life’s ‘turning points’ through oral history interviews and contemporary collecting. An exhibition and a book will be created which celebrates Hertfordshire’s diversity by considering traditions both old and new.

Further Information

For more information please contact the Hertfordshire Museums Development team:

Visit the Herts Heritage Roadshow on Friday 3rd June

Friday 27 May 2016

This half term Herts Heritage Roadshow is coming to Royston!  Join us in Royston library on Friday 3rd June for a day of free talks and activities which will explore local and family history.

This event has been created by Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS), working in partnership with Royston Museum, Hertfordshire Association of Museums and Royston Library with the aim of raising awareness of both local heritage and what the county archives and local studies library have to offer to people living in and around Royston.

On the day you will find a family history expert from HALS offering free family history advice surgeries and demonstrating and both of which can be accessed free of charge in Hertfordshire Libraries.

In the Information Centre in the Library, you will find displays and stalls from HALS, Royston Museum and the local history society. There will be mystery objects to identify and dressing up in historic costume for the little ones. Don’t miss our goody bag, brimming with ideas and information about the history of local area and how to get involved.

Throughout the day, there will be short talks about various aspects of local history and research resources for local people. These will include a special talk on the mysterious Royston Cave! No booking is required and all talks will run both morning and afternoon. There is something for everyone, so do come along and bring your friends!Royston Museum image, Hertfordshire County Council and HAM logos

This event is one of a series of roadshow events created by Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies working in partnership with museums and libraries around the county. 

The Museum Explorer Passport is launching on the 28th of May!

Friday 20 May 2016

Child holding Museum Explorer PassportThis summer, take a family journey through the rich and exciting history of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex with a free Museum Explorer Passport. Collect yours from a participating local museum and begin your expedition through time, taking in the Roman invasion, the magic of steam railways and the rapid rise of the industrial age. Museums throughout the three counties are running holiday events, activities and trails for families. Go along and get your passport stamped at each museum you visit and take part in our challenges. Your child will get a stamp for each challenge they complete and they will receive a special sticker for completing their challenges.

The passport has been created in partnership with museums across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex with the aim of encouraging families to visit museums. It aims to show families how many great museums there are on their doorstep, providing a range of fantastic, affordable activities during the holidays.

39 museums from the 3 counties are participating including 12 from Hertfordshire:

  • The British Schools Museum in Hitchin
  • Knebworth House
  • Much Hadham Forge Museum
  • The Natural History Museum at Tring
  • Royston and District Museum & Art Gallery
  • Stevenage Museum
  • Watford Museum
  • Verulamium Museum in St Albans
  • Mill Green Museum & Mill in Hatfield
  • Welwyn Roman Baths
  • Ware Museum
  • Lowewood Museum

You can pick up a passport anytime from the end of May and the explorer scheme will run throughout the summer.

Find out more on the Museum Explorer Passport Facebook page, twitter and website.  


Welcome to the Updated & Improved Hertfordshire Association of Museums Website!

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Image showing a selection of objects in Hertfordshire Museums

We are very happy to launch our new and improved website. The website has been updated with new information and links including social media live links. Several new pages have also been added and these pages mean you can explore the collections available across Hertfordshire as well as discover the services on offer through Hertfordshire’s museums.

We have also updated our leaflets and printed new Hertfordshire Association of Museums posters so keep an eye out for our lovely new materials!

We would like to thank our member museums for their help during the redevelopment and Steve at Brasstacks for his hard work on our website.

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