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This online exhibition features some of the Curator’s favourite objects and reveals the extraordinary hidden histories behind them
It has been funded by the Hertfordshire Association of Museums Small Grant Scheme in 2020

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We hope you have enjoyed this exhibition If you did, please consider making a donation to our funds, every pound counts!
It costs us a minimum of 300 in print design, marketing and reproduction charges to create each free exhibition that we share with you.
Ways you can help us with fundraising:
1. Make an online donation to our Museum Treasure Fund
2. Buy products fro m our online shop
3. Join www easyf undraising org, select us as your cause and raise free retailer donations for us when you do your normal shopping!
4. Select us as your cause if you join the East Herts Lottery.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Richard Saunders, The British Red Cross, HALS, the late Bernard Barr, Chris Lydamore, Mark Langdon, P A Tyers and the late Barbara Hickling.

THANKS:
HAM, Mark Whittingdale, Much Hadham Recreation Trust, Gerry Wallace, Alistair Phipps, Between Time Conservation Builders

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A private donation and a grant from the Much Hadham Recreation Trust recently funded the relocating of the Doll Family stone crest to the
museum. This is the last relic from a long demolished turreted gothic mansion owned by a family of German descent and named Hadham
Towers
The postcard features a member of the Doll family posing at Hadham Ford
Simply signed Doll, we cannot be completely sure which one.

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This cross written mourning letter revealed one woman’s story of her experiences inside the Hadham Palace Asylum in 1875. Techniques used to decipher her writing included both scanning, editing and viewing the letter as a negative image and physically tracing over copies the letters, the motion giving a hint to words that were especially difficult to read. The dramatic content kept volunteers determined to discover her identity and fate. It was purchased from eBay using the museum’s Treasure Fund.

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Purchased from eBay using the museum’s Treasure Fund, when read these wartime letters sent between Culver Cottage, Hadham and a military camp in India are reminiscent of a radio play.
As museum volunteer Mark set about researching the contents, he discovered the real people behind the words Details revealed a local love story that survived both the uncertainty of war and the brutality of imprisonment on the other side of the world.

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The chance find of an article by J G Craufurd, published in Hertfordshire Countryside about Emma Woolley and James Adam Gordon, revealed more than just their love story It revealed the existence of Emma’s portrait, once recorded by Photocrafts of Berkhamsted, and the sketch and love poem given to her by
James and treasured for her lifetime Craufurd had possession of them and thought enough of them to write an article in 1963 but who has them now In 1970 Craufurd died without issue in Hemel Hempstead and a search of the records has found no trace of living relatives.
We would love to find them, so please share her story far and wide! FindEmmaWoolley

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This
issue of The War Illustrated, features an article about Little Hadham’s
evacuee children The museum holds two copies in its collection We were
able to purchase these using our Treasure Fund
If
you would like to support future purchases for the museum collection,
please consider making an online donation to the Museum Treasure Fund
HERE
.

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This
issue of The War Illustrated, features an article about Little Hadham’s
evacuee children The museum holds two copies in its collection We were
able to purchase these using our Treasure Fund
If
you would like to support future purchases for the museum collection,
please consider making an online donation to the Museum Treasure Fund
HERE
.