World War II anniversary events at Hertfordshire Archives

Published: 02 Sep 2019

In September and November 2019, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) are marking 80 years since the outbreak of World War II (3 September 1939)

Land Girls, Brocket Babies and Beyond
On 18 September at 7pm, an event will explore the county’s contribution on the Home Front through dramatized readings of original wartime archives and memories. Discover how Hertfordshire helped to equip and disguise SOE agents and find out what the corset makers at Spirella had to do with code-breaking. Along with stories of the WI, Home Guard and so on, less well known material will be explored, hopefully encouraging people to start their own research at HALS.

This event will be a fundraiser for Heritage Services and is hosted by Julie Gregson, Head of the Service, who will be pleased to share its future plans. Guests are invited to join a drinks reception after the performance.

The last two of this year’s series of Family History Detectives will be held on 3 September and 12 November from 5 to 7pm. These sessions will introduce participants to the wealth of World War II records held at HALS. These include the 1939 Register, evacuees and the Blitz. All are welcome.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “It is so important to have this wartime material brought to life and shared with residents of Hertfordshire. This history belongs to us all and we can all be proud of the county’s achievements."

All events will be at the Register Office Block, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EJ.

To book, visit or call 0300 123 4049.