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Harpenden History Society
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  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
Volunteers Required

We are looking forward to realising our long-held wish to open a museum for Harpenden in 2021.  Since its foundation in 1973, the Local History Society has been adding to the collections of photos, artefacts and archives begun over 100 years ago.  However our museum will only be open when we can staff it with volunteers, so we shall need an army of those. Knowledge of Harpenden’s history or familiarity with museum objects will be less important than being a friendly face to welcome visitors. If you enjoy meeting and talking to people, have a think about offering us your services in this way.


We are also looking for volunteers to:

  • record changes to shops/businesses. This is fairly urgent as we can expect a lot of changes in the near future.
  • contribute articles for our newsletter and website
Contact Details
Contact: David Keen, Curator, 01582 760423 email: