Discover Hertfordshire history with new and improved Heritage Shop

Published: 29 Jan 2018

Discover Hertfordshire people, places and popular topics at the touch of a button with the new and improved Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) Heritage Shop and catalogue.


The online shop relaunched in January and it is now easier to find and purchase local history books, maps, DVDs, CDs and access Archive Services. We have also improved and expanded our archive catalogue search and its features, to make it simpler to find the information you are looking for.  


Some highlights include historic St Albans Borough records (1553-1974), the Commission for New Towns, documents relating to famous figures in Hertfordshire history such Sir Ebenezer Howard as well as workhouse and hospital records. There is a wealth of historic material to explore, and the catalogue continues to grow as new material is added.


The website also offers a service to help you trace your family history through our collection of online archives and original documents which can be viewed when you visit us and take part in workshops with our experienced archive staff.


Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Terry Douris, said:


“With our new and improved catalogue search and shop, we hope to make the service easier and clearer for all Hertfordshire residents to explore.


“I encourage anyone interested to have a look, it’s free to search the catalogue and we have added a lot of new content for users to read, view and discover.”


The records held by Hertfordshire Archives and Local studies, based in Hertford, can be viewed free of charge during our opening hours. You can also order a search or a digital copy of the records.


Visit to explore the new Heritage Shop and search the catalogue today.