40 years of Mill Green Mill and Museum
Visitors, volunteers, Councillors and council staff celebrated 40 years of Mill Green Mill and Museum being open to the public at an event on Sunday 15 September.
There was a display at the event looking at the growth of the museum over the past four decades, and Mayor Councillor Roger Trigg cut a cake.
The mill was originally built in the 17th century to grind grain grown by Hatfield's farmers, and the adjoining mill house was home to millers and their families.
The mill had been working for at least eight centuries when it ceased to be used commercially in 1911, and it stood idle and neglected for many years until the Hatfield and District Archaeological Society (HADAS) took over tenancy of the mill house in 1973. The society started restoration work on the mill, and laid the foundations of the museum by holding different exhibitions each summer for several years.
In 1978, the then named Welwyn Hatfield District Council took on financial responsibility for the museum, setting up the museum service and also appointing a professional curator.
The following year, the council founded a charitable trust - the Mill Green Trust - to raise funds for the complete restoration of the mill, and the mill opened as a local history museum in April 1979.
Linda Dobbs, Museums Manager, said:
The theme for this year's Heritage Open Days weekend is 'celebration', which fits in very nicely with our own celebrations of 40 years of Mill Green this year.
I would like to thank everyone who has visited the museum - we wouldn't be where we are now without the support of residents and visitors.
Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communications, said:
Hundreds of thousands of visitors have passed through the museum's doors over the past four decades to attend varied events and exhibitions, tours of the mill, and workshops.
I know that many local residents will have grown up visiting - and they may even now bring their children and grandchildren along to this local treasure.
The hard work and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers at Mill Green has played a huge part in the success of the museum service that we know today, and I would like to thank them for all they have done for our community.
For information on upcoming events at Mill Green, visit the Mill Green Museum website.