Our current exhibitions

Doorstep Discoveries

7 September to 3 October 2021
Doorstep Discoveries took place between October 2020 and March 2021 and spanned two national lockdowns.

The project, led by Open Art Box CIC artists Anji Archer and Christina Armstrong, brought North Hertfordshire Museum’s collection of artefacts directly to the homes of people living with early-stage dementia and their carers from across North Hertfordshire at a time when the museum was forced to close to visitors, due to Covid restrictions.

Each week participants received a hand delivered art box inspired by a different artefact and over the sixteen weeks, created an amazing collection of artwork in response to a wide range of fascinating artefacts including Neolithic pottery, 18th century fashion, 19th century watercolour painting, First World War painting, 20th century suffragette items, football memorabilia and many more!

The activities encouraged participants to explore the artefacts through their own personal, creative responses and invite them to reflect on how these objects linked to their own stories.

This exhibition documents the project in the form of a display of artwork and participant recollections, a film produced at the time of the project and photos taken at their doorsteps.
This exhibition in The Arches, part of the upstairs Terrace Gallery.

Upcoming exhibitions

Nature in Focus: photographs of wildlife and landscapes of North Herts by Brian Sawford

18 September 2021 – 4 January 2022
Brian Sawford (1940-2020) worked for North Hertfordshire Museums from the 1960s until his retirement in 2005, during which time he took countless photographs of the varied landscapes and wildlife of the district. He was a talented photographer and well-known naturalist, serving in various roles for the Letchworth Naturalists for many years. He spent much of his long career as Senior Keeper of Natural History at the former Letchworth Museum. Brian contributed much to the natural history of Hertfordshire through his talks, guided walks and publications. These included The Butterflies of Hertfordshire, Wildflower Habitats of Hertfordshire and Wildlife of the Letchworth Area, all illustrated with his own photographs. He sadly passed away in 2020 and this exhibition has been put together by his widow Terri and the Letchworth Naturalists in his memory. It shows many of the rare and beautiful wildflowers and endangered birds we have on our doorstep and reminds us of the rich biodiversity of the district.

Museum Talks

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

Escape Rooms

Oh no! Someone has tried to steal a precious object from the museum and 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

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.

It is also possible to arrange online talks using platforms such as Zoom. Please ask for further details.

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

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