How much you know about Hitchin’s history? DVD delves into past and shows town ‘at its best’

Andy Gibbs from the British Schools Museum stars in Hitchin TV's History of Hitchin: Britain in a Nu

Andy Gibbs from the British Schools Museum stars in Hitchin TV's History of Hitchin: Britain in a Nutshell. Picture: Hitchin TV - Credit: Archant

A DVD delving into the history of Hitchin went on sale on Saturday ahead of a talk and film screening in the town.

Hitchin TV's History of Hitchin: Britain in a Nutshell. Picture: Hitchin TV

Hitchin TV's History of Hitchin: Britain in a Nutshell. Picture: Hitchin TV - Credit: Archant

HitchinTV has teamed up with Andy Gibbs from the town’s British Schools Museum in Hitchin to produce the first in a series of videos focusing on Hitchin’s heritage.

The video – which has been backed by the Comet – is called History of Hitchin: Britain in a Nutshell.

“Hitchin has a long and remarkable history so it is no surprise that many amateur historians have written excellent histories of the town,” said Andy, who has lived in the market town for many years.

“This video is not intended to be a comprehensive history, but a personal view in which I have attempted to place Hitchin in it’s historical and national context.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUNje0PEQyA&feature=youtu.be

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“It is an affectionate view, at times light-hearted. With no apology, it is intended to show this fine town at its best.

“I hope that, whether you are local or a welcome visitor, you will enjoy it and it will inspire you to discover more about the town I love.”

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The footage includes bird’s-eye views of Hitchin’s Market Square and the beautiful views from the St Mary’s Church tower.

HitchinTV sponsors the British Schools Museum and has donated time to produce many short videos for the museum and its exhibitions.

On Thursday, August 3, HitchinTV will be showing the video at the museum in Queen Street – where Andy will deliver a talk about the town in context with the film. Doors open at 7.30pm, with a talk on Dead Street at 8pm and the screnning at 8.30pm. The evening will conclude after a Q&A session at 9pm.

All proceeds of the film night will go to the museum.

The first in a ‘heritage video focus’ series by HitchinTV can be purchased on DVD for £10 from Hitchin Initiative or the British Schools Museum – which will receive 50 per cent of the profits.

If you would like the DVD to be sent to a UK address for £12 visit facebook.com/HitchinTV.

As well as the Comet, the video is sponsored by Integro Insurance Brokers, Consilium – Financial Planning, Talents Hitchin Ltd, Hitchin Initiative, Andrew Charles Watch & Clockmakers Ltd, Lyndhurst Financial Management Ltd, IMF Audit Ltd, Complete Leadership Ltd, DB Sharp and Sons Ltd, Crystal Property Services, Raymond James Investment Services (Hitchin) and Peachy Creative.

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