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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about eligibilty criteria.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For more information please contact the Hertfordshire Museums Development team: email@example.com
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 ancestry.com and findmypast.co.uk 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!
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.
This 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:
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.
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.