Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews

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The front of the museum

We have been open less than a week and we have already had over one thousand visitors through the new front doors.

If you haven’t been in yet then come down. See the Blood and Bone exhibition, have a cuppa and browse our gift shop!

The doors of the long-awaited entrance to North Hertfordshire Museum will be opening in 3 weeks time.
As well as a new entrance hall with its welcome desk, there will be a shop and café too. Upstairs our Terrace Gallery will open, with displays showcasing the people, art and collections of North Herts. Sit down in our mini cinema and enjoy animations of local folk tales. The Arches Exhibition Space will feature local artists’ work, starting with Vanessa Stone and her beautiful paper cut pictures of the district.

In our main exhibition gallery there will be a fabulous sensory experience for family audiences. Drop in and see Blood and Bone, an interactive installation. Spacecadets Air Designs have taken inspiration from human biology and the artworks are inspired by cells and organisms inside our bodies. You are invited to explore, listen to and touch a series of giant breathing tunnels and caves.

Come down on Saturday 6 July at 10:15 am to see the entrance doors officially open for the first time.

We will be joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Neville Reyner, as well as, members of the District Council:

  • Chairman of the Council, Cllr Jean Green
  • Leader of the Council, Cllr Martin Stears-Handscomb
  • Executive Member for Enterprise and Co-operative Development, Cllr Keith Hoskins

Drop in for free and take part in family activities that will be running all day. Be one of the first people to experience the fully open North Hertfordshire Museum.

Important information: the Museum will be closed from 24 June till we reopen on 6 July.


North Hertfordshire Museum is most grateful to the National Lottery Heritage fund as without it we wouldn’t have such a wonderful new museum.

A ninth-century capper alloy scabbard chape from Ashwell

A ninth-century capper alloy scabbard chape from Ashwell

At Kris Lockyear’s blog Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past: Geophysics and the Landscape of Hertfordshire, he reports on a recent geophysical survey he and his team undertook in Ashwell. The Museum Service had previously done fieldwalking on the site and I was given the task of plotting out the results. In those days (1986), everything was done by hand as we didn’t have the benefit of computers or GPS. A couple of items from the site are on display in the museum, most notably a very well preserved Viking-era scabbard chape, found by a metal detectorist in the 1970s.

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