National Lottery funding puts Welwyn Garden City on the map

Published: 15 Nov 2019

An exciting project which aims to map and share the story of Welwyn Garden City in 2020, its centenary year, has won National Lottery support.

Welwyn Garden City: A Town Designed for Healthy Living was launched by Hertfordshire County Council’s Archives and Local Studies (HALS) at the end of last month and has been made possible thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £9,600.

Throughout the year, HALS will be seeking new stories, photos and memories for the community archive website, Our Welwyn Garden City (, and would particularly like to hear from those who moved to the town after the war.   

Staff will also work with volunteers to co-create an exhibition exploring the establishment of the town, changes that came with New Town designation after World War II, experiences of living in the town and ideas about its future. 

The project will also include free local history workshops for schools, which have been devised in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, archive film nights, a heritage walk, outreach talks and reminiscence events in the garden city.

Julie Gregson, Head of Heritage Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This project is a great opportunity for people to learn about and share the rich heritage of Welwyn Garden City and its importance for planning and sustainable living today.  We are delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players.”

If you would like to get involved in any aspect of the project, please email: