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

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.

1 comment

  • 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!

    Report this comment

    CJH88

    Monday, August 4, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

16:03
Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has said a proposed council tax freeze won't affect recruitment.

Herts’ police and crime commissioner has said a proposed freeze in the force’s council tax precept won’t affect a recruitment drive.

A survey has found calls to a debt helpline go up across the area.

The number of people in Stevenage and North Herts turning to debt advice services for help has risen by almost 20 per cent in the last year, new figures show.

09:25
A10 cycling corridor campaigners Rod Taylor, John Meadows, Tina Filby, Erika Bosman and Susan van de Ven.

A county councillor has spoken of her ‘astonishment’ after plans for a £7.2 million cycling ‘super highway’ connecting Royston and Cambridge were put on hold.

08:32
Jose Hales, district and parish council and Val Barrett, district and parish council

The organiser of a public exhibition revealing a developer’s plans to build just under 200 homes and a 75 bed care home in Melbourn said he’s pleased with the interest generated by the public.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition