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We tell the story of the Garden City Movement and the history of Letchworth, the world’s first Garden City. Our collection and archive is housed in our Study Centre and features in exhibitions around the town, on our website and by our Store Tours or Collections Explorer sessions.

Here are some lovely historical #Letchworth images to inspire you today for #MuseumWeek #CultureInQuarantineMW! Bearing ...
12/05/2020

Here are some lovely historical #Letchworth images to inspire you today for #MuseumWeek #CultureInQuarantineMW!

Bearing in mind the current guidelines for social distancing, why not bring your household together to recreate elements of these images using items you have already around the house?!
You could even get your pets involved!
This could include dressing up or perhaps create an artwork? If you fancy sharing your creations, please do so in the comments below!...

This week #LocalMuseumsUnite to support Watford Museum’s exhibition Helping from Home - Watford in World War II. We will...
11/05/2020

This week #LocalMuseumsUnite to support Watford Museum’s exhibition Helping from Home - Watford in World War II.

We will be sharing wartime images and memorabilia from our collections throughout this week. #Wartime #MuseumAtHome #HYOC2020

Today's theme is #WartimeAtHome and to coincide with the #hertsbedsheritage theme of #gardening we're looking at the campaign to Dig For Victory!

Attached are:

The Letchworth Allotment & Horticultural Association, described in a newspaper article as “ten men (and a dog) with a combined age of 743 years”, produced 42 tons of food during the war.

Pixmore Schoolboys helping out on the fields of Letchworth farms

Evacuees from Bexhill County School collecting nettles, which could have been used to make nettle soup, or even shampoo!

Poster, 'Dig For Victory'

Book cover, 'Allotmenteering in Wartime'

Finally, we have an image of some Letchworth allotments we believe to be on Rushby Mead - does that look right to you guys?

It’s #MuseumWeek and it’s starting off with a celebration of #HeroesMW!Whilst there have been many notable #Letchworth r...
11/05/2020

It’s #MuseumWeek and it’s starting off with a celebration of #HeroesMW!

Whilst there have been many notable #Letchworth residents - we are focusing on sharing the valuable actions of Martha Mary Webb and Winifred Helena Bamford.

After both training as midwives in London, they moved separately to #Letchworth, to practice in the town.

Webb worked firstly as a maternity nurse before starting her role as a welfare nurse at the Spirella Corset Company from 1919, and Bamford was kept busy midwife from 1918 in the new garden city.

They lived for a time together in Hope Cottage, on Norton Way South, and collaborated to establish several important key community services including the Old People’s Welfare Committee and a Chiropody Clinic to support older residents. Webb also played a prominent role in establishing the Howard Over 60s Social Centre, which still exists today!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the key workers and others working tirelessly to support us all during this unprecedented time!

To learn more about these inspirational people and other women who had a positive impact on #Letchworth we have a special theme to explore here - http://gardencitycollection.com/themes/inspiring-letchworth-women

Its national Garden Day! #GardenDayUKWe're celebrating by sharing a selection of fabulous Letchworth gardens...A formal ...
10/05/2020

Its national Garden Day! #GardenDayUK
We're celebrating by sharing a selection of fabulous Letchworth gardens...

A formal garden on Croft Lane, Baillie-Scott's wonderful 7 & 7a Norton Way North, a sunny afternoon in a garden on Wilbury Road, a rare early (1913!) colour negative of a family in the garden of Letchworth School and an entry in Letchworth's 1989 Front Garden Competition...

Check back here throughout this month for more as our #hertsbedsheritage theme for May is #gardening

Also explore more Letchworth Gardens by browsing the dedicated theme on our website at http://www.gardencitycollection.com/themes/gardens

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
09/05/2020

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Happy 100th Birthday to the Settlement!

In case you didn't know - they're located in the former Skittles Inn, a non-alcoholic pub. The Settlement is a popular, independent adult education centre and fantastic meeting place for the community. To find out more, take a look at their website!

http://ow.ly/ZmQc50zzsdz

75 years ago today Letchworth marked the end of the Second World War in Europe, as the town came together to celebrate V...
08/05/2020

75 years ago today Letchworth marked the end of the Second World War in Europe, as the town came together to celebrate VE Day. #VEday75

Pictured are a "beflagged" Spirella building, a street party on Icknield Way, some rather precarious perching at St Francis College and a newspaper cutting from The Citizen from 11th May 1945.

(Check back here next week as we'll be exploring Letchworth during World War II for #LocalMuseumsUnite )

Next up in this week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme of #20thCenturyFashion is... #SmallsAndSwimwearAnyone who knows Letchwor...
07/05/2020

Next up in this week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme of #20thCenturyFashion is...

#SmallsAndSwimwear

Anyone who knows Letchworth will agree this obviously has Spirella written all over it! And here is a delightful selection of both 'smalls' (the company's traditional corset business) and swimwear (which Spirella introduced in the 1950s) from the covers of their in-house magazine, Threads.

We particularly love the glamourous afternoon tea on offer in January 1957!

#Letchworth #Fashion #MuseumAtHome

Next up in this week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme of #20thCenturyFashion is... #HatsandHairstyles And although we had a fe...
07/05/2020

Next up in this week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme of #20thCenturyFashion is...

#HatsandHairstyles

And although we had a few to choose from, (h/t to some wonderful hairstyles at the 1963 Letchworth Jubilee - http://www.gardencitycollection.com/object-588-489 !) we had to choose this extraordinary effort - complete with bird wings and netting - worn by Elizabeth ('Lizzie') Ann Howard, (nee Bills), c1900.

She was the first wife of Garden City founder Ebenezer Howard and mother to their four children. She is noted as a driving force not only helping to make sure his dream became a reality, but in a practical sense as well, single-handedly securing a £50 gift from a wealthy supporter which assisted in getting his book, which outlined the Garden City Movement, published. She continued to raise funds, worked her way through London social gatherings and giving lectures.

Sadly, Lizzie never lived in Letchworth, passing away in 1904, however she adored ‘the beautiful estate….’

#Letchworth #Fashion #MuseumAtHome

This week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme is Fashion, to celebrate our friends at Potters Bar Museum’s exhibition 20th Centur...
07/05/2020

This week's #LocalMuseumsUnite theme is Fashion, to celebrate our friends at Potters Bar Museum’s exhibition 20th Century Fashion, which is of course sadly currently not open.
#20thCenturyFashion
(https://www.facebook.com/pottersbarmuseum/)

We will be sharing some examples of historical attire from the collection - why not dust off the family photo album and join in if you can? #Fashion #MuseumAtHome

Fashion booklet printed by the Amalgamated Press, Ltd., part 1 of the Woman's Illustrated series entitled 'Fashion is for You' by Sarah Redwood with a introduction by Godfrey Winn. A 15 page booklet with fashion ilustrations and photographs and advice on styles to flatter different figures and other lifestyle and fashion tips.
Part of collection of domestic items, photographs etc. from the house of the late Mrs W.E.R. Hastler, Letchworth.

http://gardencitycollection.com/object-190-52

May the Fourth be with you - Happy Star Wars Day! Your annual reminder that Letchworth company, Ogle, designed the iconi...
04/05/2020

May the Fourth be with you - Happy Star Wars Day!
Your annual reminder that Letchworth company, Ogle, designed the iconic Land-Speeder and Y-Fighter vehicles from the popular movies, right here in the world’s first Garden City!

The first #Mayday Festival in Letchworth Garden City was held in 1906. Lucy Jones was the 1st Queen, crowned by the #Gar...
01/05/2020

The first #Mayday Festival in Letchworth Garden City was held in 1906. Lucy Jones was the 1st Queen, crowned by the #GardenCity’s first pupil, Gladys Hudson! In the beginning there was one main festival, closely linked to Norton School but over time more appeared! #MuseumAtHome

We could not end this topic without mentioning Letchworth's Ogle who created futuristic looking cars by fitting glass fi...
27/04/2020

We could not end this topic without mentioning Letchworth's Ogle who created futuristic looking cars by fitting glass fibre bodies to popular mass produced vehicles. #HertsBedsHeritage #Cars http://www.gardencitycollection.com/object-2008-128

Museum Crush
22/04/2020

Museum Crush

This humble 83-year-old toilet roll is one of the more unusual, and popular, objects at Museum at One Garden City, in Letchworth Garden City.

Manufactured by local chemist EE Russell, the roll marks a time when Brits were moving away from medicated, hard tracing-paper-like squares of paper, and beginning to entertain the idea of using softer tissue, sold in rolls, like we know today.

It’s not the most glamorous museum object, but it proves that even mundane things can spark stories and memories. It was even awarded object of the year at the 2019 Hertfordshire Association of Museum Award.

Read more: https://museumcrush.org/the-old-toilet-roll-that-helps-tell-the-story-of-letchworth-garden-city/

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This car may have been made by the Ascot Car Company here in Letchworth Garden City. Although car manufacturers have now...
20/04/2020

This car may have been made by the Ascot Car Company here in Letchworth Garden City. Although car manufacturers have now left the town interestingly they are commemorated in some of our road names. #HertsBedsHeritage #Cars http://www.gardencitycollection.com/object-121-13

It's the last day of our #MuseumAlphabet and Z is for... Zeppelins! #LetchworthGardenCity witnessed two zeppelin raids i...
17/04/2020

It's the last day of our #MuseumAlphabet and Z is for... Zeppelins! #LetchworthGardenCity witnessed two zeppelin raids in the space of just over 24 hours in October 1916. One of them then crashed down in Cuffley, where these chaps are picking over the wreckage.

This image shows Phoenix motor cars being built. The Phoenix Motor Company manufactured in #Letchworth until the 1920s. ...
17/04/2020

This image shows Phoenix motor cars being built. The Phoenix Motor Company manufactured in #Letchworth until the 1920s. The factory was later used by Arab Motors and then the Ascot Car Company. #HertsBedsHeritage #Cars http://www.gardencitycollection.com/object-121-4

Day 25 of our #MuseumAlphabet and Y is for... Young's Pinello - #LetchworthGardenCity's own apple variety! It was develo...
16/04/2020

Day 25 of our #MuseumAlphabet and Y is for... Young's Pinello - #LetchworthGardenCity's own apple variety! It was developed in the 1930s by #Letchworth resident, Eva Young - wearer of this rather fetching hat - as firm, aromatic, sweet-tasting! #MuseumAtHome #ClosedButOpen

Day 24 of our #MuseumAlphabet & we know you’ve all been wondering what there could possibly be for X!?!... *warning: it’...
15/04/2020

Day 24 of our #MuseumAlphabet & we know you’ve all been wondering what there could possibly be for X!?!... *warning: it’s a bit of a cheat*… X marks the spot!! Parker & Unwin oriented their whole master plan around these 3 oak trees, on Broadway Gardens (2 of which survive!)

Day 23 of our #MuseumAlphabet and W is for... W Webb, an early Letchworth Garden City ‘pioneer’ citizen, he was inspired...
14/04/2020

Day 23 of our #MuseumAlphabet and W is for... W Webb, an early Letchworth Garden City ‘pioneer’ citizen, he was inspired to move to the town in 1905 after hearing Ebenezer Howard give a lecture in London! Very dapper he looks in this F S Ogilvie oil portrait too! 🧔👔

Day 22 of our #MuseumAlphabet and V is for... Vegetarians! Letchworth has been home to vegetarians from day one. Picture...
13/04/2020

Day 22 of our #MuseumAlphabet and V is for... Vegetarians!
Letchworth has been home to vegetarians from day one. Pictured is the Letchworth Vegetarian Society dining together at The People’s House in c1930. Wonder what was on that menu... 🤔#MuseumAtHome #ClosedButOpen

Day 21 of our #MuseumAlphabet and U is for... Raymond Unwin. Alongside Barry Parker, he designed the master plan for #Le...
12/04/2020

Day 21 of our #MuseumAlphabet and U is for... Raymond Unwin. Alongside Barry Parker, he designed the master plan for #LetchworthGardenCity and many of its houses. He left to work on Hampstead & later influenced the design of millions of council housing homes!

12/04/2020

Easter is associated with new life and beginnings, with the humble egg being a perfect example of this. 🐣

We have a lovely papier mache example here, found amongst a large donation of items from a family who came to #Letchworth from Austria during #WW2, the Kahn's. Primarily found in Germany, these #EasterEggs were filled with Easter treats like chocolates or small toys to delight children. #Easter2020

Day 20 of our #MuseumAlphabet and T is for... Tree-lined Streets! Each street in Letchworth Garden City was lined with a...
11/04/2020

Day 20 of our #MuseumAlphabet and T is for... Tree-lined Streets! Each street in Letchworth Garden City was lined with a different species of tree 🌳 Pictured are Almond Blossoms on Icknield Way! #MuseumAtHome # ClosedButOpen

There’s nothing like the power of music to transport us back in time. Building a soundtrack and discovering the memories...
10/04/2020

There’s nothing like the power of music to transport us back in time. Building a soundtrack and discovering the memories associated with each song is also a wonderful way to connect with family and friends. This website has practical tips on how to create playlists for loved ones.
https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/connectthroughmusic/

#sharingmemories #reminiscence #closedbutopen

Our #MuseumAlphabet today is S for... The Skittles Inn & built in 1907 as Letchworth Garden City’s famous ‘pub with no b...
10/04/2020

Our #MuseumAlphabet today is S for... The Skittles Inn & built in 1907 as Letchworth Garden City’s famous ‘pub with no beer’. It's now home to Letchworth Settlement - a thriving adult education/arts hub - also celebrating its centenary this year! #MuseumAtHome #ClosedButOpen

This biplane image dates to c1908 & for reasons still unexplained, it appears to have landed at #Letchworth's Roman camp...
10/04/2020

This biplane image dates to c1908 & for reasons still unexplained, it appears to have landed at #Letchworth's Roman camp?! Does anyone recognise the plane model?

Don't forget to also check out St Albans Museums Handley Page exhibition! https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/explore/exhibitions/handley-page #FlightLanding #LocalMuseumsUnite

To continue your journey of reminisce at home, we highly recommend the My House of Memories app, produced by the Nationa...
09/04/2020

To continue your journey of reminisce at home, we highly recommend the My House of Memories app, produced by the National Museums Liverpool. It has objects from across the decades, which are brought to life with sound, music and descriptions, it can be used by anyone but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers.
https://www.houseofmemories.co.uk/things-to-do/my-house-of-memories-app/

#sharingmemories #reminiscence #closedbutopen

Museum at One Garden City
09/04/2020

Museum at One Garden City

Issue 2, April 1907, of 'Solidarity' the in-house journal of the Garden City Press. On the cover is a suffragette, Miss Constance Smedley, whose book: 'Woman: A few shrieks', was published by the Press. #LetchworthTimeline #suffragette

Day 18 of our #MuseumAlphabet & R is for... Roundabout! One of #LetchworthGardenCity's more quirky claims-to-fame is bei...
09/04/2020

Day 18 of our #MuseumAlphabet & R is for... Roundabout! One of #LetchworthGardenCity's more quirky claims-to-fame is being home to the UK’s first! In the original town plan there was a point on Broadway where 6 roads met & 'Sollershott Circus' was created in July 1908!

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I know Ive seen this before when it was posted, a list of all the trees on the streets of Letchworth, if someone can point me in the right direction please. Thanks
Fascinating just looking at the website. Can't wait till the next open day.