Local societies

Letchworth Garden City Society

Letchworth was the world’s first Garden City and modern town planning can trace its origins to the principles first tested there. The Letchworth Garden City Society promotes interest in the Garden City and is active in local conservation to ensure that the town’s unique character and appearance are protected and preserved.

Baldock Historical Society

Baldock is an historic market town close to Letchworth Garden City. The Baldock Historical Society runs the town’s museum and holds an annual lecture programme.

The Baldock Society

The Baldock Society was formed in the 1970s to encourage high standards of planning and architecture; promote the preservation and protection of the local historical environment; and stimulate interest in issues that affect the town.

Hitchin Historical Society

Hitchin Historical Society aims to increase and spread knowledge of the history of Hitchin. It holds regular meetings and arranges visits to local buildings and institutions, as well as trips to places of historical interest further afield.

North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society

The North Herts Archaeological Society arranges a series of lectures between September and June, occasional trips to places of archaeological interest as well as meetings and social events. There are opportunities to take part in local fieldwork, including excavations.

Pirton Local History Group

The Pirton Local History Group was formed to research the history of Pirton, a village to the west of Hitchin. The site is of interest to family historians, genealogists and local historians and the working group transcribes documents and saves them in electronic format, developing an on-line relational database.

The Pirton Website

Pirton has its own website run by Jonty Wild for Pirton residents, with pages devoted to its history.

Biggleswade History Society

The Biggleswade History Society has the primary objective of promoting the advancement of public education through the study of local history in Biggleswade.

Codicote Local History Society

The Codicote Local History Society exists to further the study of local and family history in the Codicote area and to spread knowledge about this subject.

Family History

Hertfordshire Family History Society

The Hertfordshire Family History Society holds regular meetings at Woolmer Green.

Letchworth and District Family History Group

The Letchworth and District Family History Group has a membership made up of amateur family historians from in and around Letchworth Garden City, most of whom are looking for ancestors further afield than Hertfordshire.

Local museums

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery

Located on Broadway in Letchworth Garden City, Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery closed to the public on 1 September 2012 as part of the preparation for a single Museum of North Hertfordshire, due to open in Hitchin Town Hall in November 2014.

Hitchin Museum

Located at Paynes Park on the western edge of the town centre, Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery closed to the public on 1 September 2012 as part of the preparation for a single Museum of North Hertfordshire, due to open in Hitchin Town Hall in November 2014.

Hitchin British Schools

Located on Queen Street on the eastern edge of the town centre, the British Schools Museum, Hitchin tells the story of Joseph Lancaster and his monitorial teaching method. The surviving Lancasterian Schoolroom is the only one remaining in the world today.

Baldock Museum and Local History Society

Located in Baldock Town Hall (Hitchin Street entrance) and open Wednesdays 11am-1.30pm and Sundays 2-4pm, Baldock Museum and Local History Society is a small, community-run museum staffed by volunteers who raise all their own funding. It has changing displays exploring particular features of the town’s history. The Society also hosts talks once every two months on subjects relevant to Baldock’s history.

National museums

The British Museum

One of the world’s greatest museums, The British Museum, located on Great Russell Street in London, holds a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures.

The 24 Hour Museum

A web portal into the collections of over three thousand museums, the 24 Hour Museum is the UK’s National Virtual Museum, updated daily with at least two new stories. It promotes publicly-funded UK museums, galleries, archives and heritage attractions and seeks to get the message about Britain’s great culture to a broad online audience nationally and worldwide.

Local Government

North Hertfordshire District Council Archaeological Service

Part of the District Council’s Museums Service, NHDC Archaeological Service is the principal repository for the archives of archaeological discoveries in the district, maintains the paper records of investigations and has an extensive library of books and journals. The Service’s Archaeology Officer provides professional support to Norton Community Archaeology Group.

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Formerly the County Records Office, HALS is the specialist centre for local and family history for the whole county, based at County Hall in Hertford.

North Hertfordshire District Council Conservation Department

Part of the District Council’s Planning Services, NHDC Conservation Section provides specialist advice on listed buildings, conservation area issues and with historic building repair grants.

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