Welwyn Garden City: an ideal place to live?

Carolyn Shannon

Older KS2 School Workshop


As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project to celebrate the centenary of Welwyn Garden City we at HALS have created a FREE workshop to all Welwyn Garden City Schools with KS2 students. Our workshop aims to inspire engagement with the garden city ethos and explore the relevance of garden cities today. This workshop supports the delivery of national curriculum subjects including history, English, and SMSC.

Post COVID Digital Workshop Plan

As the state of the world changed in March 2020 so did the delivery plans for this workshop. We are now in the position to offer the workshop remotely (via MS Teams). The session will last approximately 1 hour and have the following format: live presentation exploring the defining features of a garden city, looking together at archive material relating to life, work and leisure in WGC.  Finally we will be thinking about the legacy of garden cities today.   There is a follow up activity to create a poster/radio advert/TV commercial for WGC.  We plan to check back in to see the children present and discuss their promos. We have also extended our project, so we can now take bookings from September 2020  until 12 February 2021.   We don’t yet know when it will be safe to re-open for groups, or deliver the session in your classroom, but we can review this at a later date.

Booking Form

Pilot Session

The workshop started with a wonderful pilot session on November 18, 2019 for Oaklands Primary School. The class of 30 children boarded a coach and rode over to the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) building for their workshop session located at County Hall. The class was divided into 3 smaller groups where students got a first-hand look at the actual archives and where they are stored. The onsite workshop lasted about three hours with an interactive presentation with our HALS Learning & Access Officer inside of our reading room. We had a power point presentation and some of the original documents from Ebenezer Howard and original photographs from our archive were made available to view. The workshop included some interactive activities during the presentation to stimulate discussion and creative thinking about the garden city ethos. The sessions ended with an assignment for students to explore their creativity based in the topic presented. They were asked to create a physical or audio advertisement for today’s population marketing for a new garden city. Below are some examples of these advertisements.




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This page was added on 02/07/2020.

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