How things have changed!

PUBLISHED: 12:23 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009

Patients in stately surroundings when Hatfield House was pressed into service as a hospital

Patients in stately surroundings when Hatfield House was pressed into service as a hospital

The last hundred years or so have brought great changes to Hatfield. From the country seat of a great aristocrat, and a coaching town on the Great North Road, she was was roused to modernity first by the steam railway and then the motor car. With de Havi

Beer and steam – a day from Hatfield’s past

The last hundred years or so have brought great changes to Hatfield. From the country seat of a great aristocrat, and a coaching town on the Great North Road, she was was roused to modernity first by the steam railway and then the motor car.

With de Havilland, aviation was her trade. Now the town lies well within London's commuter orbit and is the home of a university.

This exciting story is told in a new exhibition at Mill Green Museum starting on Saturday. It will include plenty of interesting old photos and local objects - and of course plenty to see and do for all ages including a nostalgic 1950s kitchen!

There will be lots to do at the museum during February half term, especially for young visitors. On February 12, you can enjoy making your own Tardis from cardboard boxes; on February 13 create scary monster sculptures, on February 14 plait straw favours for your Valentine (or your mum!) and on February 15 explore the world of maps and draw an imaginary map of your own.

All sessions are priced at £3.50 per child and booking is required - call 01707 271362.

For adults, the Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums welcome all readers to a lively season of evening talks on the third Wednesday of each month. On February 20 (7.30pm for 8pm) Tony

Skottowe, local Liberal Democrat councillor, will talk about the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust of which he is a founder member, and explain its ideas and plans for the future.

On March 21 Merle Rook, the wife of Welwyn Hatfield's best-known local archaeologist, Tony Rook, will explain the impact of his enthusiasm on their domestic life! From object labelling to storage, to cleaning and care of archaeology, Merle will take us behind the scenes into the care and research that goes into what Tony has been known to call "other people's ancient rubbish". So come and enjoy this light-hearted and informative evening talk.

All talks can be booked by calling 01707 271362. The price is £2 for members and £4 for non-members.

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