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Hertfordshire County Council

Traditional Hertfordshire – folklore and stories that make Hertfordshire unique

Royston Museum

The museum is going to:

  • hold a temporary exhibition on local folklore in the autumn at the Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery
  • hold pop up exhibitions in the town centre
  • hold children's storytelling sessions based on local legends
  • run workshops on traditional crafts such as rag rugging and willow weaving


Mill Green Museum & Mill

The museum and mill plan to:

  • collect oral history from local millers and Mill Green Hamlet residents in order to record and share milling dialect and phrases, and the memories of milling
  • create an exhibition on local milling using oral history collected to be called "Voices Beyond the Mill". This will run from Sunday 23rd April through to the Autumn
  • run a 6 session course in Traditional Milling Techniques for 16–19 year olds to engage young people with milling heritage and teach them new skills.  The Young Millers will be baking bread with flour they have ground.

In conjunction with National Mills weekend in May, the museum held a special TraditionalHertfordshire afternoon offering demonstrations of traditional skills such as milling, bread making, straw plaiting and storytelling.  Nearly 300 people enjoyed the glorious sunshine and super entertainment.


Stevenage Museum 

The museum is going to:

  • record and share the history of the Stevenage Charter Fair
  • display the oral histories and images they collected at the 2016 Charter Fair alongside historic material in an exhibition at the museum

The Fun of the Fair exhibition opened in July and runs until the Autumn.  Over the summer holiday the museum held themed craft and activity sessions such as Splat the Rat and Hook a Duck which were well attended and much enjoyed.


Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Working with local partners, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies plan to:

  • explore and record traditions and customs in Hertfordshire and how these have evolved as different communities have made their home here.  We hope the project will bring to light interesting questions around how people express their identity/ies and what brings people together in the 21st century
  • create an exhibition and a book celebrating Hertfordshire’s diversity by considering traditions both old and new to be held in the Autumn in the HALS foyer. 



North Herts Museum in Hitchin

The museum held a special event “Traditional Hertfordshire – A Day of Story, Song and Dance” at Hitchin Town Hall. 

This event featured storytelling and puppetry from Gordon the Toad and a pop-up exhibition of Hertfordshire Folklore.  Folk music and Morris dancing also featured during this highly enjoyable day.

The exhibition panels will be available online in the near future.


Dacorum Heritage Trust

Dacorum Heritage Trust held a successful and much enjoyed pop-up exhibition in The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead. 

This exhibition celebrated the history of rural life, legends and superstitions in the borough and included craft exhibitions, storytelling, morris dancing and art activities.  Examples of canal art and straw plaiting which had been made at workshops prior to the exhibition were on display and a ghost map for visitors to log their own ghost sightings!