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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Preston school in the 1890s

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS), based at County Hall in Hertford, have a wide range of resources to assist in the teaching of History, Geography and local studies. These include original records of local authorities, school, manors and estates, businesses and families etc. in Hertfordshire, as well as printed and published materials – books, newspapers, maps and photographs.

Services to Schools

HALS can offer resources and assistance to teachers and students at all stages from primary school to higher education, and is committed to Lifelong Learning for all. Some sources for The Victorians are available from these pages. Visits can be arranged on request.

To find out more about the work of HALS and how to use the service, find us on the County Council web site at:

Or for more information, please contact:

Email: hertsdirect@hertfordshire.gov.uk or telephone: 0300 123 4049

 

Herts Memories

Herts MemoriesThe Herts Memories website was launched in 2009 to celebrate life in Hertfordshire.  It is for people of all ages and backgrounds, from teenagers to teachers, families to local historians; it's about much more than history. You could explore wildlife, the landscape, travel, art, community cultures, whatever you are interested in and would like to share with others. 

Staff from Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, Libraries and local museums will be working with volunteers to develop a number of websites. Herts Memories is the gateway to life in Hertfordshire and there are 8 further websites planned for new communities in the county. These are:

  • Our Welwyn Garden City
  • Our Hatfield
  • Our Oxhey
  • Our Broxbourne
  • Our Letchworth  
  • Our Stevenage
  • Our Hemel Hempstead
  • And one other to be decided.

If your community isn't listed above you can still get involved on the Herts Memories site. You could set up a volunteer group in your school and encourage other people in the community to get involved. Why not run a memories event, or a coffee morning where people can come together to share their memories of life in their town or village? 

The opportunities for students to get involved in recording local history and their present day communities are virtually endless.  The following link will take you to the School Project pages which currently have three examples of projects completed by Hertfordshire schools.

If you'd like further information on how your school can get involved, please contact:
 
Daphne Knott, Learning and Access Officer:
Tel: 01992 555117
Email: daphne.knott@hertfordshire.gov.uk


HALS Contacts

To find out more about the work of HALS and how to use the service, find us on the County Council web site at:

Or for more information, please contact:

Email: hertsdirect@hertfordshire.gov.uk