Looking back at World War Two

PUBLISHED: 14:35 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 30 July 2012

Workers at Welwyn Foundry after World War Two

Workers at Welwyn Foundry after World War Two


THE memories of people who worked in WGC during World War Two are being sought as part of a new project.

The Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust is about to begin a new project looking back on the town during wartime, and is hoping to compile photos, films, oral histories, products and memorabilia for a new exhibition.

In particular, the trust would like to hear from those who worked in WGC before the war, in order to organise meetings for them to talk about their jobs, the products they made and working conditions before 1939.

Trustee Tony Skottowe said: “The period before World War Two is particularly interesting and we hope to sponsor get togethers for workers from the same company to talk about conditions, what they made, how they advertised their products and how the companies treated their staff back then.

“Oral histories will be a key feature when individuals and groups can record their memories and give or loan photographs, films, payslips, examples of products and anything related to their work.

“Particularly welcome will be people willing to act as guides to small groups of volunteers comprised of residents and school pupils that will each be concentrating or one large or a few small companies operating in the town at the time.”

Like the trust’s previous project, the hugely successful Where Do You Think You Live? exhibition, it is hoped the new study will receive backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which handed over £50,000 for the last scheme.

As an added incentive, school leavers seeking work experience are being encouraged to help the trust research the new project.

In return, they will receive certificates or be given references when applying for jobs.

WGC schools are also being encouraged to get involved.

n To register your interest, email events@welwyngarden-heritage.org or write to Industry, Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust, 60 Bridge Road, WGC, AL8 6UR.

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