Hertfordshire’s Heritage: Paintings and objects from museums across Hertfordshire that have been acquired with help from the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund
23 January @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
This new exhibition shows objects from museums around the county, all purchased with help from the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund. The fund was launched in 1988 in response to grave concerns that historic treasures and artworks were leaving the county, and often the country. The aim of the Fund is to help museums and archives to purchase items for public museums and archives, for us all to enjoy. Over the years the Fund has helped almost half of the county’s museums buy examples of art, archaeology and history, giving out over £86,000 in grants. In 2021, help from the Fund allowed North Hertfordshire Museum to acquire its latest work by the ‘Camden Town’ painter William Ratcliffe; The Red Curtain, an oil painting from 1916.
The exhibition will display over 60 different objects and paintings, from museums right across the county. From Bushey to Dacorum, from Hertford to Royston, St Albans to Stevenage, Ware to Watford to Welwyn; there will be a wonderful array of loaned items to enjoy.
The Hertfordshire Heritage Fund is run by a tiny number of highly committed volunteers, under the leadership of Miss Dorothy Abel-Smith MBE. They have around 50 supporters and would welcome more. The website is www.hertfordshireheritagefund.co.uk
The image of Stevenage Museum, Stevenage Rectory, by Sidney Massie (1850) has kindly been lent for the exhibition by Stevenage Museum.
Hertfordshire’s Heritage runs from 15th January – 27 February 2022.