Project Overview

Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

Welwyn Garden City: A Town Designed for Healthy Living is a Heritage Lottery Fund project run and managed by Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies – HALS at County Hall Hertford from January 2020 to November 2020.

Our project will explore and share the history and development of Welwyn Garden City – a town designed for healthy living.

Since the garden cities, which originated in Hertfordshire, were conceived to maximize the well being of its residents, we will also be able to consider and reflect this through our project.

For this project we will be doing the following:

  1. Community Exhibition: A touring exhibition, co-created in partnership with local community groups, children and young people.  We will focus on in particular on the town’s postwar stories
  2. School Workshops: A new Primary School KS2 local history session about the town its ethos and development. Original material from both Mill Green Museum and HALS will form the basis of the session and pupils will discuss changes over time and the future direction of the garden city in relation to contemporary issues, such as wellbeing, environmental concerns and housing (LIVE, WORK, PLAY). It will be delivered free of charge to local schools in Welwyn Garden City during the lifetime of the project.
  3. Film Nights: An archive film showing of Welwyn Garden City from the 1920’s will be played at four different locations in Welwyn Garden City at different times throughout the year.
  4. Illustrated Talk: A community talk The Garden City Ethos: Embracing Hindsight for the Future, explores the ideas of how challenges from today are not so different to the challenges that Howard and others were considering at the turn of the 19th century.
  5. Guided Walk: A guided walking tour of Welwyn Garden City with a look into its historical past and plans for its future.
  6. WGC Archives Work: Cataloguing and boxing of materials from a variety of societies in the town for the archives by volunteers.
  7. Our Welwyn Garden City Website: Development of new content for this Community Archive website. Recruitment of volunteer website editors to assist in editing content on the site.

Please note that much of the project is currently on hold due to Covid-19.  The project has been extended to run until the end of March 2021.  Please check here again for further updates.  Thank you.


This page was added on 15/04/2020.

Comments about this page

  • As one of the founders of the New Garden City Alliance,, I think the legacy of Welwyn Garden City to our future health debates is very relevant to us all as we face a future of pandemic threats.

    By Elizabeth Wrigley (11/06/2020)

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