ERTF Members’ exhibition: 12 July – 3 November 2024 St Albans Museum + Gallery

ERTF St Albans

Passion, Determination, Vision 

After our very successful 2019 Market Town exhibition, ERTF is delighted to be returning to St Albans Museum and Gallery for its 2024 exhibition. The confirmed dates are 12 July to 3 November 2024 –  an excellent exhibition duration. 

This time we are highlighting and celebrating LOCAL movers and shakers – people who have made really positive differences to the life of St Albans/Hertfordshire/our wider Eastern Region.This will be a portrait exhibition, but not in any conventional sense; instead it will be an exploration of diverse personalities, times, places, contributions and impacts as seen through the creative eye. Contemporary textile portraits with a difference! 

FIXINGS for exhibition pieces. 

In terms of exhibiting your work, please note/adhere to the following;

1. Wall-mounted pieces

These will either be screwed to the wall or suspended from wires depending on their final wall position in the gallery. This will be determined by the museum on hanging day and so we need to build in a little flexibility for framed pieces as below:

1.1 Framed wall-mounted pieces

If your work is framed, please add mirror-plate fixings (NOT D-rings) to the sides of your pieces. If in the end your work is hung on a wall with wire and hook fixings, the museum will either move your mirror-plate fixings to the correct position or drill two tiny holes in the back of your frames to take the hooks. There’s no need to provide screws to go with the mirror plate fixings. The Museum has plenty!    

1.2 Unframed wall-mounted pieces.  

For unframed pieces, please ensure there are two loops at each top corner of your work into which the hooks on wires can be inserted, and that your work will hang flat against the wall when hung in this way.  

2. Free-standing/3D pieces 

The vast majority of these pieces will be placed in the glass cabinets against the walls of the gallery.  This means that pieces will be seen from the front and side and top, but the backs will not be visible. If the back of your piece is an important component, please supply a mirror with your piece (which will, of course, reflect the image in reverse).                                   

SHOP ITEMS: Artists submitting shop items have already been informed of items approved.

WORKSHOPS: We have invited participating members to run Museum-based workshops.

DROP-IN SESSIONSWe have organised four of these for the period of the exhibition. They will be held in the Courtyard Cafe area on the following Sunday afternoons (2-3.30pm):

21st July, 18th August, 15th September, 20th October

Key remaining dates:

12 April 2024.

LATEST date for submission of exhibitor’s labelling/publicity form, stock sheets and image of each exhibition piece plus payment of final £30/artist. The form is available to download HERE.

31 May 2024.

LATEST date for all exhibition/shop items to be submitted. This date allows the museum time to complete freezing and other pre-hanging requirements. Please complete the form that can be found HERE with your exhibition work.

11 July 2024, 6-8pm.

Private View for artists and invited guests

12 July – 3 November 2024.



Please keep an eye on this web page which will be updated as further information becomes available.

Any queries to Frances Green (

Provisional list of people chosen; their local impact/context (with ERTF exhibitor)

  • Alban, Saint: venerated as the first recorded British Christian martyr. Believed to have been beheaded in St Albans during the 3rd or 4th century. His shrine is in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (June Jessop)
  • Aylett, Roger: Horticulturalist who trained at Oaklands College, Herts. Roger developed his childhood interest in dahlias into the highly successful Aylett Nurseries, St Albans (Lucy Sugden)
  • Bacon, Francis: Baron Verulam/First Viscount St Albans. He inherited the Gorhambury family estate. Lawyer, St Albans MP, philosopher, essayist. Regarded as the founder of modern scientific enquiry (Catherina Petit-van-Hoey) (Catherina Petit-van-Hoey)
  • Byrd, William: considered one of the greatest Renaissance composers. Resident of Stondon Massey, Essex near his patrons, the Petre family of Ingatestone Hall (Jane Barry)
  • Gerard, John: botanist and herbalist with a renowned knowledge of medicinal, exotic and unusual plants. Superintendent for over 20 years at the extensive gardens at Theobalds Palace in the parish of Cheshunt, Herts. Cedar Park is now a popular park in the ruins and grounds of Theobalds Palace (Jacqueline Glyde)
  • Gower, Pauline and the First Eight: In 1940 and based at Hatfield, Herts eight remarkable women made aviation history by joining the Air Transport Auxiliary to ferry planes between factories and front-line WWII airfields (Frances Green)
  • Hawking, Stephen: theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author. St Albans educated and later, amongst other roles, Professor of Mathematics at University of Cambridge (Jackie Hodgson)
  • Heron, Patrick: from early designs for Cresta Silks Ltd., a textile company that his father founded in Welwyn Garden City, he developed into one of the leading abstract artists and textile designers in Britain (Nade Simmons)
  • Hignett, Cecil: Designer of the iconic Spirella corset factory building in Letchworth (Jackie Uphill)
  • Hodges, Peggy: natural scientist and engineer, known chiefly for her outstanding achievements in the field of aeronautics. A tireless campaigner for more women in engineering, sciences and maths,she left a legacy which, for several years, funded the Peggy Hodges Prize for the highest performing female student completing the second year of a full time MEng/BEng Engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire (Maggie Hands)
  • Howard, Ebenezer: pioneering planner responsible for the concept of garden cities. The building of the first, Letchworth Garden City, commenced in 1903 (Penny Proctor)
  • James, Trevor: naturalist and author of first comprehensive mapping of all Hertfordshire beetle species (Frances Green)
  • Johnson, Josef: a well known black seafarer turned busker in St Albans in the 19th century, who used his creativity to get by in very difficult circumstances. His impact as part of the social history of the city is a process of current discovery but he is a testament to the diversity of the environment at the time (Cherry Taylor)
  • Julian of Norwich: English anchoress of the Middle Ages. Influential in her lifetime and subsequently, she is regarded as an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her writings are the earliest surviving English language works by a woman (Barbara Skerry)
  • Karen, Tom: Ashwell and Cambridge resident, he was an industrial product inventor, notably designs such as Raleigh Chopper, Bond Bug and Marble Run. Passionate about inspiring young generations of designers and working with recycled materials, he also had a great enthusiasm for birds – his wire and paper sculptures filled his home (Jackie Bennett)
  • Kenyon, Kathleen: excavations of Verulamium, leading to foundation of Museum (Margaret Talbot) (Margaret Talbot)
  • Lytton, Lady Constance: One of the Hertfordshire suffragettes. An aristocrat who disguised herself as a seamstress in order to be treated equally with other protesters when imprisoned (Christine Lockton)
  • Morpurgo, Michael: St Albans born novelist whose works have been dramatised for stage and film (Alison White)
  • Murray, Margaret: British-Indian egyptologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, historian and folklorist who lived the last years of her life in north London and then Welwyn, Herts (Carly Simmons)
  • Pulham, James and Sons: James Pulham and Sons, based in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire from 1840 to 1940, were designers and constructors of picturesque rock gardens, ferneries, follies and grottoes etc. Landscape artists through four generations, their work endures in public spaces, parks and palaces throughout the UK (Ruth Herbert)
  • Repton, Humphry: the last great English landscape designer of the eighteenth century. His landscape legacy can be seen across Hertfordshire and beyond (Marian Hall)
  • Rice, Tim: Educated in Harpenden and St Albans becoming a celebrated lyricist best known for his collaborations resulting in many world-renowned musical theatre productions (Pat Brunsdon)
  • Salaman, Radcliffe Nathan: Cambridge-educated and living in Barley, Hertfordshire, Dr Salaman undertook groundbreaking experiments into the genetics of potato varieties, leading to the establishment of a number of robust disease-resistant hybrids (Alison White)
  • Sander, Frederick: ‘The Orchid King’. German-born orchidologist and nurseryman who settled in St Albans and turned the city into the centre of the orchis world in his lifetime (Carole Nicholls)
  • Shaw, George Bernard: Dramatist, literary critic and social propagandist who made his home in Ayot St Laurence, Hertfordshire (Lucy Sugden)
  • Shepherd, ‘Dolly’: Hertfordshire (Potters Bar)-born pioneering fairground entertainer in the Edwardian era, balloon adventurer and parachutist (Carly Simmons)
  • Soper, Eileen: illustrator of children’s and wildlife books, notably Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and her own books studying her home garden. Lived at Harmer Green, Welwyn and attended Hitchin Girls’ School (Nade Simmons
  • Straub, Marianne: Great Bardfield resident. One of the leading commercial designers of textiles between 1940s and 1960s. Renowned, amongst other things, for her designs for train and tube fabrics (Kirsten Yeates)
  • Wain, Louis: Famous for his depictions of anthropomorphised cats, Louis was an inpatient at Napsbury Hospital, near St Albans (Aruna Mene)
  • Wells, Thomas Spencer: St Albans born surgeon to Queen Victoria, he was a pioneer in abdominal surgery inventing an improved pattern of artery forceps. He was also one of the earliest surgeons to make use of anaesthetics in operations (Sue King)
  • Whitelock, John: long-standing St Albans resident who has contributed positively and significantly to many residents’ lives through his work as a drama therapist in Harperbury, Shenley and Hill End Hospitals (Ditty Dokter)
  • Woodley, Hester: An enslaved woman brought back from the Caribbean. On her death in 1767 she was, unusually, buried with a headstone in a marked grave in Little Parndon Church, Harlow, Essex (Christine Lockton)