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'Where Do You Think You Live?'

During 2010-2011 the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust ran a community project called 'Where Do You Think You Live?' to encourage residents to learn about the history and development of the Welwyn Garden City. Material generated by this year long project was exhibited at Oaklands College in July 2011. 

There were three elements to the project:

House Detectives - encouraging residents to investigate the history of their homes using archive material from HALS, WGC Library local studies and Mill Green Museum.

Memories - early residents contributed their recollections of the town which were digitally recorded as oral histories by a team of volunteers. Priority was given to capturing those whose memories dated back furthest but all were welcome to participate.

Photography - the Trust collected material on Welwyn Garden City from photographs and other documents that were loaned for scanning or donated outright to the Trust's archive.

Click on the audio clips below to listen to memories of WGC home life that were gathered during 'Where Do You Think You Live?'.

NameMp3
1940s east-side memories - LaviniaW
A Nursery Nurse In WGC - PaulineV
A move from Sunderland - HarryL
Athelston Walk childhood - PatL
Childhood - CliffordB
Childhood memories including an operation - TonyT
Creswick Court childhood - RobynPP
Cycling - MaryAn
Earliest memories - BethD
Early Years In The Quadrangle - MaryA
East-side memories - LillianR
Farming - MaryAn
Film Studios & Studio Lisa - MarionH
First impressions of WGC in 1931 - PatC
Football - EricA
From Canada to WGC - PhillisW
Grammar School - ShirleyH
Guides - PatL
Handside Memories - AnneW
Handside School - CliffordB
Hatfield Hyde and Woodhall - KitL
Ices & sweets delivery - RichardM
Living in Longcroft Lane - PhyllisH
Marrying during WWII - BethD
New home - DaphneJ
Parkway School - MaryH
Pioneering parents - JohnH
Playing outdoors - GordonS
School days - ChrisB
Starting Life In Knella Road - JoyceF
The Salon + Tom Heron (Cresta Silks) - AltheaR
Town characters - EricA
Town characters - RichardM
WWII - DoraG
WWII ARP - ShirleyH
WWII German plane - JoyR
WWII Lanefield Walk - MaryH
WWII bomb - SarahL
WWII memories - ShirleyA
WWII refugee - SamO
WWII war work - AudreyE
Welwyn Stores - PatC
Welwyn Stores - QueenieM
Working for Louis de Soissons - BarryT