Heritage project launched in Welwyn Garden City today

A NEW project working to preserve the history and heritage of WGC is being launched today (Saturday) during the town’s 90th birthday celebrations.

The Where Do You Think You Live project – organised by the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust – seeks to get as many residents as possible involved in researching, recording and celebrating WGC’s past and present.

The trust wants long term residents to contribute their memories of living in the town, while a photographic project encourages the public to capture the part of WGC that means the most to them.

All the material collected will be put online and an exhibition of selected material is planned for next year.

The project is being backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which contributed �50,000 to get it up and running, and heritage trust member Tony Skottowe urged residents to take advantage of the opportunity.

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“The idea is to show people how extraordinary this town really is and let them decide how they want to get involved,” Mr Skottowe said.

“There will be a chance to learn about archives and how to search them so that you can research the history of your house.

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“For long-term residents we want to record their memories of their lives here as the town grew and for the practised and budding photographers there will be opportunities to capture their special features of WGC.”

This week the trust revealed its new co-ordinator and artist in residence for the project.

Virginia Simpson will be in charge of collating the history of the town, while Vanessa Godfrey will be tasked with gathering photographic material.

The project will launch today, the same day as the 90th birthday celebrations, with a stand in the Howard Centre where you can sign up to contribute to the project.

Alternatively, register your interest via the link, right, or call 01707 324828.

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