Our current exhibitions

Blood and Bone: interactive installation

6 July – 22 September 2019
A sensory exhibition specifically for family audiences, from Spacecadets Air Design. Spacecadets 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 suggestive of body organs, blood cells and bone.

The Spirella, the Fox and the Blue Sky

Vanessa Stone: A Slice of North Hertfordshire

6 July – 15 September 2019
Vanessa Stone lived for many years in Letchworth Garden City. Her work is formed from meticulously detailed cut-outs that show scenes from the towns and villages of North Hertfordshire. She uses a scalpel, scissors and paper to make her collages. Vanessa has been commissioned by the English Winemaker to design wine labels and has produced a range of bags, cards and tea towels for the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.
This exhibition is in the Arches Gallery, part of the upstairs Terrace Gallery.

Museum Talks

For more information and to book tickets click here to go to Eventbrite, have a look at the events on our Facebook page or ask at the Town Hall reception and we can book it for you.

North Herfordshire Museum Hitchin Festival Lectures

The museum is offering a series of evening talks by curators on aspects of local (and sometimes not so local) heritage for this year’s Hitchin Festival. The talks begin at 7.30 pm and are held in The Learning Centre, North Hertfordshire Museum. All tickets need to be booked through the Festival Box Office (open 10.00 am – 3.00 pm) at Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HR, Telephone 01462 453335. Tickets are £5 each.

15 July: Was the World’s First Football Museum in Hitchin?

This talk by Matthew Platt, Assistant Curator, looks at the museum’s football collection, most of which was given by Hitchin Town Football Club in the 1980s. The club’s former secretary, the well-loved Vic Wayling, began to collect football memorabilia in the 1950s, opening a museum in 1956. At the time, no other British or European football club was collecting these sorts of items and many were willing to part with objects that we now know to be important in telling the story of footballing history. Was Vic Wayling’s pet project a world first? Matt will reveal all…

22 July: Highlights of the North Herts Museum Art Collection

Ros Allwood, Cultural Service Manager, will talk about the museum’s collection of art, which includes oil and water-colour paintings as well as sculpture and ceramics. The collection includes works by some well-known names, such as Henry Moore, F L Griggs and John W Mills, works by locally famous artists, such as the prolific Lucas Family, and some less well-known but still significant figures, such as the Camden Town Group artist William Ratcliffe.

Escape Rooms

Oh no! Someone has tried to steal a precious object from the museum, we need you to find it. All we know is they didn’t manage to get it out before they were caught, however, their twisted game means you and others are trapped in the museum. Solve the puzzles, find the object and escape before the hour runs out!

We aim not to scare the socks off you, just test your puzzle solving skills to the limit. Great for an evening out with friends or team building with work colleagues.Groups of up to six per session, for larger groups we will divide you across consecutive time slots.

The Escape room lasts about an hour and afterwards you will have use of our conference room for up to an hour, which includes a bottle of Prosecco and nibbles.

Cost per group (Up to 6 people) is £120

To book your time slot Click Here

For more information email Rebecca on rebecca.barkus@north-herts.gov.uk or call 01462 474562

Are you part of a local group or society?

We offer a number of bookable talks given by our expert museum staff. The talks need to be pre-booked and cost £55. Talks can be held at the Museum or at your own venue; if your venue is outside the district, we have to charge travelling expenses.

They can be for up to 40 people. The talks usually last an hour and can be daytime or evening.

For more information or to book a talk please email Rebecca Barkus.

To see a full list of available talks, please click here.

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