History day looks to bright future after inaugural Hitchin event’s success

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Brigid Howlett (pink top) and Marion Hills of Herts Archives an

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Brigid Howlett (pink top) and Marion Hills of Herts Archives and Local Studies - Credit: Archant

An inaugural History Day proved to be such a success that it could now have a place in Hitchin’s calendar, say organisers.

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Sheila Wearmouth of British Schools Museum

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Sheila Wearmouth of British Schools Museum - Credit: Archant

The Hitchin Historical Society event in the town’s Church House was described by organiser Dr Gerry Tidy as “a great opportunity to showcase what’s happening on the very active local history scene”.

A wide range of stands included a display featuring the planned new district museum in Brand Street, part of the Hitchin Town Hall development project, which should open its doors later this year.

Philip Wray, manning the the Preston table together with Penny Causer and Liz Hunter, said: “There was a steady stream of local folk who were clearly absorbed in the history of the area.”

Dr Tidy added: “Following the success of the History Day, the event may become a biennial feature in the Hitchin Festival.”

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Simon Walker, Pauline Humphries and Vicki Lockyear of Hitchin H

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Simon Walker, Pauline Humphries and Vicki Lockyear of Hitchin Historical Society - Credit: Archant

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Philip Wray and Penny Causer at the Preston display

Hitchin History Day at Church House: Philip Wray and Penny Causer at the Preston display - Credit: Archant


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