Harpenden History Society
Objectives of the Organisation
Founded in 1973 the Society has acquired a large collection of documents, photographs, paintings and objects of interest connected with the development of Harpenden, its buildings, businesses, organisations, interesting people, and key events.
With a membership of over 250 it holds monthly speaker meetings on a variety of topics, quarterly exhibitions, occasional visits to places of interest, and has a dedicated team of researchers working in its small temporary home in Park Hall, providing stories for the society website www.harpenden-history.org and for three newsletters per year and occasional publications.
The long term ambition of the society is for a proper Museum of Harpenden, with adequate storage for its archives and a working area for its research team. Meanwhile it encourages members of the society and the wider public to provide their own memories and to write articles for the website or newsletter. Other societies in Harpenden are encouraged to provide short histories of their organisations.
Gavin Ross, Chairman October 2014
We would welcome any offers of physical help and support financially.
In order to share our archives and local knowledge more widely the Society is looking for help with:
Secretary - (initially to support our Acting Secretary)
Events support for arranging visits, mounting exhibitions
Stewarding/serving tea at the Society's quarterly exhibitions and one-off displays
Assistant to our curator
Archiving/cataloguing of our collection to make it more accessible
Digital transcribing of original documents
Digitising 35mm slides
Publicity, marketing, advertising
Volunteer drivers to help members attend meetings
Assistant to programme secretary
Editing of materials for print and website publication
Liasing with Harpenden Schools