Exhibitions

Programme of quarterly exhibitions in Park Hall

By Les Casey, curator

Photo:Park Hall - The History room is on the left of the entrance.

Park Hall - The History room is on the left of the entrance.

Les Casey

The History Society has a room at Park Hall, Leyton Road, where artefacts and archival material are stored, including an extensive collection of historic photographs. 

Photo:Les Casey, curator

Les Casey, curator

John Olley

An exhibition of a selection of photographs and other items from the collection is held every quarter in the main hall, open to all.  Exhibitions at Park Hall are usually open from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. The History Centre is also open when there is an exhibition, and you are welcome to look at the archives and resources we have, or to contact us for an appointment at another time.


The NEXT exhibition will be on 

SATURDAY

3 June 2017

from 2.30-4.30

MANLAND

How it has  changed from Common and farmland

through the 1900s and into the 21st century

 

ADMISSION IS FREE 

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE

Bookstall for the sale of The Story of Harpenden from Village to Town - £3 and copies of Harpenden Races, £3, Happy World and other publications


EXHIBITION DATES for 2017

3 June, 2 September, 2 December


Photo:Display cabinet in Harpenden Library

Display cabinet in Harpenden Library

Rosemary Ross, February 2014

Photo:Not easy to display photos

Not easy to display photos

Rosemary Ross, February 2014

Since the opening of Harpenden Library on the Lower High Street in July 2013, the Society has the use of two glass display stands. Les Casey mounts alternating changing exhibits in these stands - themes have included Plaits and Hats, Pen and Ink, Made for Harpenden, Roman finds in Harpenden, Harpenden Races.


On 24 October 2015 we mounted a special exhibition in Batford Memorial Hall, first shown on 5 September in Park Hall

Photo:Batford Memorial Hall, general view

Batford Memorial Hall, general view

R Ross, 24 Oct 2015

Photo:Lea Valley Group display, Batford Exhibition

Lea Valley Group display, Batford Exhibition

R Ross, 24 Oct 2015

Photo:Local industries in Batford

Local industries in Batford

R Ross, 24 Oct 2015

Photo:Alex Thomas describing new archaeological discoveries

Alex Thomas describing new archaeological discoveries

R Ross, 24 Oct 2015

 

Our new screens were used for the first time for the Carnivals & Celebrations exhibition as part of Harpenden Carnival on 6 June 2015

Photo:New display board, Carnivals & Celebrations exhibition, 6 June 2015

New display board, Carnivals & Celebrations exhibition, 6 June 2015

David Whitbread, Harpenden Photographic Society

The December 2014 exhibition on Harpenden from the Air attracted plenty of interest. 

The September exhibition on The Home Front in Harpenden - 1939 covered a range of themes, including the evacuation scheme, evacuees from East London, Enfield and Hastings, the Home Guard and other preparations for WWII

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, OR ITEMS WHICH YOU MIGHT BE WILLING TO ADD TO THE SOCIETY'S ARCHIVES.

 

 


Photo:Beyond the Nickey Line - 1 March 2014

Beyond the Nickey Line - 1 March 2014

Rosemary Ross, March 2014

The theme of the exhibition on 1 March 2014 was "Beyond the Nickey Line", from Park Hill to Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden's 'dry' valley from the Ice Age to the present, National Children's Home & Sanatorium, Kennesbarne and Harpendenbury, and Roman excavations at Friars Wash.

The theme of the exhibition on Saturday, 7 December 2013, was "Southdown", including long-vanished streets in Bowling Alley, local shops and businesses and pubs, only some of which have survived under the same sign.

Local authors Geoff Ackroyd and John Seabrook displayed their latest books on Harpenden.

Photo:Changing shops and businesses in Southdown

Changing shops and businesses in Southdown

John Olley, 7 December 2013

Photo:Southdown

Southdown

John Olley, 7 December 2013

Photo:Vanishing pubs in Southdown

Vanishing pubs in Southdown

John Olley, 7 December 2013

Photo:John Seabrook and his wife, displaying the new edition of Bowling Alley Boyhood

John Seabrook and his wife, displaying the new edition of Bowling Alley Boyhood

John Olley, 7 December 2013


On 1 June 2013 Harpenden Red Cross Society put together a comprehensive exhibition covering 75 years of the Red Cross in Harpenden. We hope to feature this shortly on a separate page.

Some recent exhibitions are illustrated below:

Photo:Marion Donaldson with Les Casey, 75 Years of the Red Cross in Harpenden on 1 June 2013

Marion Donaldson with Les Casey, 75 Years of the Red Cross in Harpenden on 1 June 2013

Alan Bunting

Photo:The Red Cross team - Linda Black, Caroline Carden, unit leader Jean Leake, exhibition organiser Marion Donaldson, Marian Fooks, Karen Martin and Sonja Clarke.

The Red Cross team - Linda Black, Caroline Carden, unit leader Jean Leake, exhibition organiser Marion Donaldson, Marian Fooks, Karen Martin and Sonja Clarke.

Alan Bunting

Photo:Geology Exhibition, 2 March 2013 - specimens from Les Casey's collection

Geology Exhibition, 2 March 2013 - specimens from Les Casey's collection

John Olley

Photo:Geology Exhibition, 2 March 2013 - Les Casey, centre

Geology Exhibition, 2 March 2013 - Les Casey, centre

John Olley

Photo:Geology exhibition, 2 March 2013 - specimens of coal and minerals from Les Casey's collection

Geology exhibition, 2 March 2013 - specimens of coal and minerals from Les Casey's collection

John Olley

Photo:Geology exhibition, 2 March 2013 - general display of stone used in buildings

Geology exhibition, 2 March 2013 - general display of stone used in buildings

John Olley

Photo:Jubilee exhibition - 2 June 2012 - display of fairy lights from 1935 Jubliee celebrations

Jubilee exhibition - 2 June 2012 - display of fairy lights from 1935 Jubliee celebrations

John Olley. 2 June 2012

Photo:Jubilee exhibition - 2 June 2012

Jubilee exhibition - 2 June 2012

John Olley. 2 June 2012

Photo:Jubliee exhibition - the display of garments worn by Society Chairman, Gavin Ross, at the Coronation, June 1953, caused some surprise and amusement

Jubliee exhibition - the display of garments worn by Society Chairman, Gavin Ross, at the Coronation, June 1953, caused some surprise and amusement

John Olley. 2 June 2012

Photo:"On the Road" - 3 March 2012

"On the Road" - 3 March 2012

John Olley

Photo:Selling "Theodora's Journals" , 3 March 2012

Selling "Theodora's Journals" , 3 March 2012

Rosemary Ross

Photo:Friends Re-united:  Freddie Luck, John Olley and Shirley Olley nee Griffin, met while visiting the Exhibition of Maps, and exchanged reminiscences based on the 1924 map of Southdown.

Friends Re-united: Freddie Luck, John Olley and Shirley Olley nee Griffin, met while visiting the Exhibition of Maps, and exchanged reminiscences based on the 1924 map of Southdown.

Rosemary Ross, June 2011

Photo:Some of the many pictures illustrating 'Water', 26 November 2011

Some of the many pictures illustrating 'Water', 26 November 2011

John Olley

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