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Hertfordshire County Council

My Story

My Story is a community arts project in libraries around Hertfordshire.


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Thanks to very generous funding from the Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, we are delighted to present an ambitious programme of residencies at our libraries over the next two years.  View the full schedule of residencies below or check our other My Story event




June – Sept 2023

Croxley Green Library with Victoria Culf, weaver and mixed media artist

Details of the residency at Croxley Green Library

Sept – Dec 2023

Stevenage Central Library

Details of the residency at Stevenage Central Library

Oct – Nov 2023

Hatfield Library

Details of the residency at Hatfield Library

Feb – March 2024

Watford Central Library

Hemel Hempstead Library

Details of the residency at Hemel Hempstead and Watford Libraries

April – July 2024 

Welwyn Garden City Library

Details of the residency at Welwyn Garden City Library

May – June 2024 

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies 

Details of the residency at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Sept – Dec 2024 

St Albans Library

Harpenden Library

Marshalswick Library

Oct – Nov 2024 

Hoddesdon Library

Cheshunt Library

Feb 2025

Hitchin Library

Feb – March 2025 

Bishop’s Stortford Library

March – April 2025 

Oxhey Library

April – May 2025 

Ware Library


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Hertfordshire Libraries are proud to be partner with the Hertfordshire organisations listed above on the My Story project.



The story so far…

We've been proud to present My Story, our community arts project, since the pilot in 2019.

The project began by encouraging members of the Hertfordshire community to share their stories of adolescence and growing up. The project worked with professional artists to bring these stories to life via a series of public workshops. Some of the artwork produced was truly inspiring.

More about the early stages of the project

In 2021 and 2022, we hosted pilot residencies at Hitchin and North Watford Libraries with the artists Sophie Gresswell (Hitchin) and Sheila De Rosa (North Watford). 


Sophie Gresswell - Artist and Poet

Every Envelope Tells A Story

Sophie’s project, Every Envelope Tells A Story, explored the themes of identity and heritage within the Hitchin community. 

Read more about Sophie

A painting of 2 faces on a red background


Sheila de Rosa looking at artwork on a gallery wall.

Sheila's project

Sheila’s project explored the importance of place. She worked with the community of North Watford on a variety of projects from paper houses and folded books to photo transfer prints.

Read more about Sheila

Fold out books and paper houses



Much of the artwork from both residencies toured several our libraries throughout the autumn and winter of 2022-23.


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