A new project to explore and share the story of Welwyn Garden City in its centenary year is underway at Hertfordshire Archives & Local studies. The project consists of a number of elements.
An exhibition co-created in partnership with local community groups and school children, supported by community archive volunteers and staff.
Volunteers will receive training in research. Both staff and volunteers will be trained in co-creating community exhibitions.
The children and adults will collaborate directly both with HALS staff and the exhibition designer. The exhibition will focus on the city's founders, residents' experiences, in particular those who settled here after World War II and finally contemporary views from young people.
A new workshop for primary schools focusing on the town, its ethos and development. Pupils will engage with original documents and will discuss changes over time, as well as the future direction of the garden city in relation to contemporary issues, such as wellbeing, environmental concerns and housing.
It will be devised, piloted and delivered in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service and delivered free of charge to local schools.
Community engagement programme
A programme to include archive film nights, a talk about the town's development along with document viewing, a walking tour of the town, reminiscence, HALS stalls and art activities to coincide with other centenary events.
Our Welwyn Garden City
The development of new content for the Community Archive website, gathered at project events. We’d also like to recruit new volunteer editors for the site.
Cataloguing and boxing of material from a variety of societies in the town. Volunteers will be trained in packaging.
We are currently seeking volunteers to take part in the exhibition, community archive and collections aspects of the project. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to find out more.
The project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.