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Can you believe that in the 19th century there were over 50 pubs and beer houses in Bishop’s Stortford? Museum Curator Sarah Turner will provide you with an amazing insight into the history of some of the pubs and beer houses and the brewing and malting industry of the town. She will also regale you with some salacious stories about the landlords and their clientele! For example, did you know that ‘The Saracen’s Head’, now a delightful teashop, once had a brothel upstairs?
This lecture will be held in the Rhodes Theatre Lounge, which has a licensed bar, so you can continue the historic tradition of the Stortfordian drinker!
Ever wondered what a wazygoose was, or how you might celebrate a coronation Edwardian style? Have you heard the stories about bathing elephants in the Stort? Come along to our newest evening lecture, which will answer all these questions, describe the elephants and more. Entertaining Stortford through the ages has been a weird and wonderful world, and this talk will explore some of the odd as well as the traditional entertainments the town has seen. This lecture will be held in the Rhodes Theatre Lounge, which has a licensed bar, so you can enjoy a drink whilst we entertain you! Lecturer: Dr Sarah Turner Cost - £5
Underpants theft shock! This lecture will explore the case of the missing underpants; a theft brought to court during WW1 and will discuss theft in the local community during wartime more generally. Who were the criminals? Did the war change their careers or their methods? This is the third in our series of lectures which draws on research undertaken as part of our ‘On the Beat: stories from 1914 -1918’ project. It would be criminal to miss it! Find out more about the project by following us on twitter @pastpolicing, on facebook on the beat: stories from 1914-1918 or at our website www.hertspastpolicing.org.ukCost: £3.50 per person
Create your own Victorian valentines card and envelope then seal it with love. This workshop is for Valentine’s everywhere. You will make your own clay seal matrix, create a traditional card and seal your secrets with wax.
One session at 11am and another at 2pm.
Old inscriptions, monuments, well-known names - it might sound strange to think of cemeteries as works of art, but this is exactly what they can be! The cemetery on the Cemetery Road in Bishop’s Stortford is filled with historical monuments of local importance. For 160 years this cemetery has been the resting place for some of Stortford’s most interesting residents, so join us for a historical tour and learn more about their history. Cost: £3 per person – booking in advance essential Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Just for April Fool’s Day – Call my bluff, museum style. Did you know that in 1612 the first human fly climbed St Michaels Church steeple? ....and if you believe that you will believe anything! We will be trying to fool you about the history of objects in the museum and stories from Stortford’s past, so keep your wits about you. Are you up to the challenge? Can you spot a liar? If so this is the evening for you.
This event will be held in the Rhodes Theatre Lounge, which has a licensed bar, so you can enjoy a beer whilst you puzzle out the answers (or can you?)
Celebrate spring and create your own mobile. You can choose your design, will it be a sun with clouds or butterflies that move gently in the breeze. The pretty butterfly wings are particularly eye catching but you can let your imagination run free while decorating your mobile. Not to be missed!Cost: £3.50 Time: 2 sessions - one at 11am-12pm and one at 2pm-3pm
Music to our ears! This lecture will focus on a fantastic collection of wax cylinders held by the museum. Join us to learn about these early examples of recorded music for the home, the insight they give us into musical tastes of the time and how they led the development of the music industry as we know it today. Cost: £3.50 per person
Take a walk through the town’s past and discover an unknown Stortford. Join our expert guides for a walking tour. They will lead you through stories from the origins of the white Hart in North Street and the scandal surrounding its creator, to some of the surprising tales of the medieval town. This promises to be an evening of leisurely strolling, laughs and legends. Cost: £3.00 per person – booking in advance essential