Crowds flock to heritage show at Welwyn Garden City shopping centre

10:04 03 August 2014

Memories contributors find themselves portrayed on one of the Trust's banners acknowledging their help with the industry project.

Memories contributors find themselves portrayed on one of the Trust's banners acknowledging their help with the industry project.

Image from the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive.

An exhibition of Welwyn Garden City’s industrial heritage attracted more than 1,000 visitors.

A few of the companiesA few of the companies

The Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust displayed some of the material gathered during the ‘Where Do You Think We Worked?’ project in an exhibition, which ran from July 17 to 23, in the former The Bookshop unit in the Howard Centre.

The scheme, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a huge success, with hundreds showing up to delve into the history of the garden city.

Tony Skottowe, project manager, said: “We were delighted to have had over 1,000 visitors.

“Many of them were sorry the show was not up for a longer period so that they could make a return visit and bring friends or family who had worked in WGC for various different companies.”

The project set out to collect information, materials and oral memories of the early days of the industrial and retail development of the town.

More than 180 different companies operated in the town between 1920 and 1960.

New products, techniques and approaches to the treatment of workers were a feature of the companies and examples could be seen in the exhibits.

A major element of the project was the participation of schools.

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  • Great event on the day. Only feedback would be that it wasn't very clearly signed once within the shopping centre exactly where the exhibition was taking place. Would be amazing to see more of these though!

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