Explore Your Archive

Saturday 16 November 2013

Have you ever wondered what items get donated to archives? Well now’s your chance to find out! There might be some surprises in store for you in the meeting room at WGC library on Saturday 16th, between 10am – 3pm.   In addition to seeing old maps, photographs, newspapers, booklets, adverts or posters, you might see a Skarsten scraper…  or a set of Eyelure artificial eyelashes, complete with tubes of original fixative; some Cresta silk samples and clothes hangers… how about a carrier bag from the Welwyn Department Stores? Might you even have similar items lurking at the back of your own loft or garage?!  

You’ll never know unless you come along. See material on display from the WGC Library Local Studies Collection, The Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive and local photographer Ken Wright’s personal archive.   Do support this one-day event being put on as part of the first ever National Archives week encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.       

For further information please contact the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust on 07580 197160 or email industry@welwyngarden-heritage.org

This page was added on 13/11/2013.

Comments about this page

  • Looking out for a former THE SHREDDED WHEAT FACTORY employee from the 70s. Where can I find those files to search!?

    By Pedro Carvalho (22/11/2018)
  • Hello Pedro,

    At Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, we photos (not yet catalogued) and staff magazines from Shredded Wheat.

    Here are some other suggestions of where to research:

    Shredded Wheat in the UK is produced by Cereal Partners Worldwide S.A. is a joint venture between General Mills and Nestlé, established in 1991. Their UK base is in WGC:

    Cereal Partners UK Headquarters

    Cereal Partners UK
    2 Albany Place
    28 Bridge Road East
    Welwyn Garden City
    Hertfordshire
    AL7 1RR
    Tel: 01707 824400

    I think the other place to try would be Nestle archives in York. However at https://www.nestle.co.uk/aboutus/history/frequently-asked-history-questions they say:

    ‘We don’t have a complete record of all of our past employees, and we do not share employment records under any circumstances. Unfortunately we can’t confirm whether someone worked for us.’

    Thanks (ed.)

    By Marion Hill (04/12/2018)
  • Thank you for putting on this fascinating event. So much of great interest, including the superb photographs.

    By Robert Oakhill (17/11/2013)

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