Mill Green Celebrates 100 Years of Welwyn Garden City

A new exhibition, Welwyn Garden City: By Wisdom and Design, opens at Mill Green Museum on Sunday 16 February and runs until Sunday 24 January 2021.

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A new exhibition, Welwyn Garden City: By Wisdom and Design, opens at Mill Green Museum on Sunday 16 February and runs until Sunday 24 January 2021.

It marks the start of Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service's contribution to the centenary celebrations of Welwyn Garden City and Hertfordshire's Year of Culture 2020.

The exhibition explores the vision of Ebenezer Howard, the founder of the garden city movement, to create a place that embodies the best elements of both town and country living.

The display features many original items from the museum's collection, from 1920s furniture and one of the original Welwyn Garden City bricks, through to Shredded Wheat packaging, a midwife's uniform and a 1920s bathing costume. Through these objects, visitors can discover how the town was designed for living, working, and playing.

There is also plenty of opportunity for visitors to get involved in the exhibition, from designing your own town, dressing up as one of the town workers, trying out some of the leisure activities available to the first residents and listening to memories and music from the town.

Many local heritage organisations have supported the exhibition with research and images. The museum is delighted to be borrowing some of Ebenezer Howard's original plans from Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) as well as two documents from the Garden City Collection (Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation).

Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communications, said,

This exhibition gives people a very special opportunity to turn the clock back 100 years and see Ebenezer Howard's vision behind the building of Welwyn Garden City as well as experience what life was like for its first residents

Curator Emma Harper said,

We hope this exhibition will help our local visitors understand the ideals behind Welwyn Garden City and spark some memories and discussion on themes that are still very relevant today.

The exhibition will run for the whole of the centenary year and will be supported by smaller 'In Focus' exhibitions looking at some of the themes in more detail and their relevance today.

For further information visit www.welhat.gov.uk/museum.