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Listening to memories of WGC

Visitors to our website can now listen to audio clips from the Trust's collection of oral histories about Welwyn Garden City.

Thanks to all who visited our exhibition in Sainsbury’s, which has now ended. The show ran from Saturday 4th February for one week until Friday 10th February 2017.

This rare 1919 plan, labelled as "the portions of the Panshanger Estate situate adjoining the villages of Stanborough, Lemsfordmills and Digswell Water. Lots 1 to 25. The sale by auction by Messrs Daniel Smith, Oakley & Garrard", was brought along to the 'Where Do You Think We Played?' exhibition and temporarily loaned for scanning.

In September 2016 Alyson, whose maternal and paternal grandparents lived in WGC, visited the town to take in some of the familiar haunts she knew as a child.

Our current 'Where Do You Think We Played?' project is coming to an end soon. Sainsbury's in WGC has kindly offered us use of one of its upstairs units in which to display a selection of the material - memories, photos, etc. - gathered during our project. The exhibition will run from 4-10 February. Opening 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm Wed and 12 - 4pm Sunday and we hope that you will find the time to pay us a visit!

The ‘Where Do You Think We Played?’ project has compiled a list of WGC clubs and societies operating during 1920-1970s. One huge section consists of football teams - there are over 50!

Peartree Boys Club football team with their cups and shield

Ursula Howard, great-grand-daughter of Welwyn Garden City founder Ebenezer, visited the town on 27th June to give the Garden City Lecture 2016 at the Focolare Centre in Parkway. The audience, many of them residents of the town, were fascinated by such a personal insight into his life, character, and ideals.

Welwyn Garden Petit Tour 17th July 2016 

The Trust is taking part in the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour event - no we are not fielding a cycle team!

Just what did Welwyn Garden City residents get up to in their spare time during 1920-1970? Did you join or set up a local club or society? Were you into sports, arts, music, languages, debating, socialising? What did you collect, get active with or play at? These are some of the questions about life in Welwyn Garden City over the years that the Heritage Trust is asking members of the public to help them answer.

The Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust is celebrating - our third bid for lottery money has been approved! The Trust’s new project ‘Play’ is all about the leisure activities of the town’s residents during the period 1920-1980. “Ebenezer Howard described a garden city as a place where people can Live, Work and Play” explained the project manager Tony Skottowe. “The Trust has already done a ‘Live’ project on housing and another on ‘Work’, which led to our book ‘Where Do You Think We Worked? - a timeline of WGC industries’.”

Waterstones in Howardsgate, WGC

Waterstones is now selling Trust books! You now have another option of where to get our books as Waterstones in WGC now stocks all three. You can walk into the Howardsgate store and pick up the brand new QEII book, the industrial timeline or 'Garden Cities - The British Example'.

'The QEII - A Hospital’s Story' has arrived. Written by Trustee Angela Eserin it begins with WGC’s Cottage Hospital and the long struggle to get a new general hospital for Welwyn Hatfield.

Monday 5th October saw a lively morning at Mill Green Museum, when over 30 members of staff, patients and volunteers were invited to a special viewing of the exhibition 'The QEII Hospital... taking a look back'.

Booking is now open for the Fourth Garden City Lecture will be on Wed 13th May 2015 in the Hawthorne Theatre, WGC. Dr Nick Falk whose URBED co-op were the winners of the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 for proposals to build new Garden Cities, will be the speaker. The event is a joint promotion with the WGC Society.

The Trust is continuing to receive unusual and interesting items to add to it's archive thanks to the kindness of people wanting to contribute to the current 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project focusing on the early manufacturing companies that operated in Welwyn Garden City between 1920-1960.

The Trust's Garden Cities book can be purchased directly from us (by collection or post). 'Garden Cities - The British Example' is also on sale at WH Smiths in the Howard Centre, WGC; Huttons in Marsden Road, WGC;  Gardners Books, Whittle Road, Eastbourne and Davids Bookshop, Letchworth. The Trust is currently researching other possible outlets following the closure of The Bookshop in the Howard Centre on 6th March 2014.

The Trust has had a wonderful donation to its archive from Althea R whose stepfather worked at the Welwyn Stores. It includes a letter from George Bernard Shaw concerning the promotion of one of his books.

The Garden Cities book published by the Trust is now available to purchase. It retails at £16.99 (+ postage and packing if required). It is also in stock in The Bookshop (in Howard Centre), W.H.Smiths (in Howard Centre) and Huttons newsagents in Marsden Road.

The Where Do You Think We Worked? project has resulted in some unusual artefacts being loaned to the Trust to be photographed or scanned.

Roche Products Ltd, which acquired its Welwyn Garden City site in 1937 and opened its factory in 1938, has kindly donated a collection of 18 photographs to the Where Do You Think We Worked? project from its archive.