Our current 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 the museum together with 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.
The Woman Inside: paintings by Katie Wilson
Katie is a well-known local trans woman, who has organised a Pride Picnic on Windmill Hill and coffee afternoons. She has long suffered from anxiety and as part of her therapy, she has taken to creative writing and painting. She has published a number of books of poetry and lyrics exploring issues around her identity as a trans woman. The paintings deal with darker issues of depression and she is keen for people to discuss mental health openly and candidly.
The exhibition looks at both mental health and trans identity. It straddles Transgender Awareness Week (13 to 19 November) and Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November. The Awareness Week draws attention to the disproportionate discrimination and violence faced by transgender people and the Day commemorates those who have lost their lives as a result of violence.
If you have been affected by any of the issues this exhibition raises, help is at hand!
For information about trans identity, call The Beaumont Society, telephone 01582 412220
For information about mental health, call Mind UK, telephone 0300 123 3393
For help with domestic violence, call Refuge, telephone 0808 2000 247
This exhibition is in The Arches, part of the upstairs Terrace Gallery.
My Covid Portraits by Nathalie Titterton
30 November 2021 – 9 January 2022
Nathalie says: ‘2018, I had just turned 52, the Summer was coming to an end, and then and there I decided to give myself a challenge: to draw a portrait a week for a year, 52 portraits in total of friends and family. Never done a portrait in my life, let alone 52. To draw a portrait is no mean feat. The one year project turned into a 2 year project, having achieved only about a dozen portraits at the end of 2019. Then March 2020 hit us all… So my little project that started as a simple drawing challenge suddenly took on another dimension. First of all it helped me to keep focused and sane, and most of all it gave me some sort of connection, during the pandemic, to my friends and family. So here they are, all 52 portraits. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.’
This exhibition will be in The Arches, part of the upstairs Terrace Gallery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.