Trust’s new website will bring your heritage closer to home

Fancy dress winners from 1948: many more pictures from the past can be found on the Trust's new website
Fancy dress winners from 1948: many more pictures from the past can be found on the Trust's new website

Have you ever wondered about the history of Dacorum? What has happened to all the heritage in the area?

Look around and you may be forgiven for thinking that there is none, despite the fact that Dacorum has a rich history.

Great Gaddesden Home Guard.

Great Gaddesden Home Guard.

But because at the moment there is nowhere to permanently display that important heritage, it is easily overlooked.

But the Dacorum Heritage Trust and its affiliated local history societies have been busily collecting and preserving the history of the area for many years.

You may have seen some of the past annual exhibitions at the various Civic Centres, Old Town Hall and other venues. There have also been rolling programmes of displays in local libraries.

Active steps are now being taken to make that history more accessible to both the local residents and visitors.

A first step towards this is the launch next Tuesday, September 3, of a new Dacorum Heritage Trust website.

The new website will still be found at www.dacorumheritage.org.uk, and the existing site already contains a great deal of information – articles about local people, local companies, local history and local archaeology.

You will find rarely seen photographs of people and places, unusual artefacts, and everything else, from Roman sites to listed buildings.

There are the stories of workers at local businesses, such as Cooper’s, Dickinson’s and Ovaltine, as well as for the memorials of the fallen in the two world wars.

Events from the past, some now very distant memories, and features which have appeared in the DHT newsletters and Gazette Heritage pages, make for fascinating browsing. There is something of interest for everyone, and the new website will make all this, and much more, easier to find and easier to enjoy.

This is your heritage, it’s about your district and your antecedents.

It will feature the social aspects and activities of the many, as well as the individuals who have made our Dacorum proud – men and women such as Private Christopher Cox VC, or Sir Arthur Evans, and the authors Mrs Humphry Ward and Jennifer Worth.

It will give insight into some of the very special places we have in Dacorum – for example, Ashridge House, Berkhamsted Castle, Frogmore Mill, Kings Langley Royal Palace, Piccotts End medieval murals and Tring Natural History Museum.

You will be also able to purchase DHT publications securely, quickly and easily on the new site.

If you enjoy browsing the web, or quickly looking up local information, then the new DHT website is the place to start. We would welcome your feedback on our new design and enlarged content.