The Hertfordshire Heritage Fund

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The Trustees

Miss Dorothy Abel Smith MBE

Miss Elizabeth Hunter

Mr James Nall-Cain


Annual General Meeting 2020. This was cancelled owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

AGM 2021. This was held at Stevenage Museum on October 21st at the invitation of the Curator, Jo Ward. This was followed by a talk by the Curator and a view of the items purchased through HHF grant aid. In 2020 and 2021 the HHF has made three grants to museums.

"BARGES ON THE THAMES" in watercolour by William Ratcliffe. For North Hertfordshire Museum. Cost £2,600. HHF grant £1,300.

"THE RED CURTAIN" in oil by William Ratcliffe. For North Hertfordshire Museum. Cost £25,000. HHF grant £1,800.

"THE BLUEBELL WOOD, OXHEY" in watercolour by Beatrice Parsons. For Watford Museum. Cost £1,750. HHF grant £1,350.

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Exhibition of objects whose aquisition was supported by HHF.

The need for a county based fund was launched in 1988. Since then 83 grants have been made around the county. Items have included manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, coins, statuettes and two major Roman burial hoards. The largest and probably the greatest achievement was in 1992. The Panshanger Archive on long loan to Hertfordshire Archives was for sale by a member of the family and valued at c£1million. Then in 2009 the Delme-Radcliffe Archive, also on long loan to Hertfordshire Archives was to be sold. In both cases the HHF, as a charity, was able to help secure the purchase for Hertfordshire County Council by channelling monies raised through its account in lieu of tax.

Each application is looked at on its own merits, its significance to Hertfordshire and its provenance. Auctions are more difficult to value but there have been successes and losses. Guide Lines for Applicants are issued to all museum curators.

A web site has been created and an email: Data Protection (DGRP) has been addressed and all HHF supporters have been informed.

The Trustees are grateful to our patrons, supporters and donors for making funds available for many years to come, so thank you.