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Hertfordshire County Council

Welwyn Garden City: A Town Designed for Healthy Living

A community history project created by Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies in partnership with local residents will mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, this has been extended to March 2021 and we'll be finding alternative ways to deliver the project in order to comply with social distancing.




Primary Schools Programme

A Key Stage 2 workshop exploring the ethos, legacy and relevance of garden cities today has been devised and piloted in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service.

We are now adapting the session for remote delivery. We hope to deliver some face to face workshops from the autumn. This workshop is free to WGC schools during the project.

To book, please email hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Children's poster drawing of Welwyn Garden City




Touring Exhibition

The project team has been collaborating with a group of volunteers (both adults and children) to co-create a touring exhibition which will focus on the town’s postwar story.

Volunteers have been trained in archive research and exhibition making. As part of the research, several interviews were recorded with local residents. Clips will feature in the exhibition and on the community archive.



Community Events

A programme of free events began in January 2020, but has been temporarily paused.

Many events due to take place this summer will be postponed. We are also exploring alternative options for the safe delivery of these events, which may include online presentations.





Audience at talk





Lady volunteering for Welwyn Garden City project




Community Archives

During the project, we are keen to generate new content for the community archive website, Our Welwyn Garden City and all are warmly invited to contribute memories, stories and photos.

We're also seeking new volunteer editors and content creators for the website, a role which involves reviewing and publishing articles and comments submitted by the public, as well as generating new material for the site and liaising with HALS staff over the wider site development.



Cataloguing and Re-packaging Project

Volunteers were due to start working on cataloguing and repackaging archive material from various Welwyn Garden City groups and societies.

This strand is on hold until our HALS based volunteering programme re-starts. 




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