How to Explore and Contribute to the Site

By John Bristow
The Site Map will help you see at a glance what is on the site.  This can be found in the pale grey bar at the foot of each page.  You can access the categories or pages by clicking on the headings.  Or you can browse your way from the categories listed in the left side of the welcome page. We hope you enjoy your visit, and return to the site with your contributions.How to add a page to this site, using your words and pictures
Pages can be added by members of the public. If you have something to share we'd love to hear from you. You can add your words and photos to this site instantly. Just register, and off you go! You'll be guided through the process by simple on-screen instructions and it only takes a few minutes.  In addition we have added a set of instructions you can print out - in the Word document attached to this page.
This is a great way to share your own stories, memories, pictures and research with the rest of the world. 
Or maybe you would like to use the records and photos we have been collecting at the Harpenden Local History Centre in Park Hall.  We are in the process of listing and indexing our files of records, newscuttings, photographs and slides, which cover many of the themes or categories on this site.  We will be very happy to give you access to these materials, by arrangement, if you contact us at,So what could you add?  
an old photo of people or places in Harpenden
a new photo recording some aspect of the town today
memories of life in and around Harpenden
information about some aspect of the town

It's entirely up to you what you add, your memory can be of an event you attended last week or something that happened years ago. If you are unsure, look round this site to see what other people have added. Most people just add one photo or one paragraph of text, while others add whole photo galleries, or long reminiscences.  In order to give a well rounded picture of the town, we also welcome contributions from historians and other local history societies. It's so easy!
You can sign in right now, create a rough draft or test page, and log in later to finish it.
When you're happy with your page, you press a button to submit your words and photos to our editors for publishing.
Our volunteer editors usually take up to a week to add your pages to the website and an e-mail will be sent to you when your article goes live.
The next time you visit the site log in with your name and password.
Why do I need to register and log-in?Registering sets up your own personal part of the site. It also helps to stop rude or unacceptable material being added to the site by web browsers.
We keep your details in case the editors need to contact you, e.g. they might need to check something about your page before it goes on the main site. Your e-mail address will not be publicly available on the site and we will not pass it on to anyone else without your permission.
Terms and conditions:
Text submitted to the site may be sub-edited for the sake of clarity or readability.
Images submitted to the site may be cropped or digitally enhanced (for example, to improve contrast).
Harpenden History is under no obligation to publish any text or photos submitted to the site.
Harpenden History may reject material on the grounds of copyright infringement, offensiveness or other legal considerations.
Harpenden History cannot accept contributions of a commercial, marketing or advertising nature. We will, however, accept editorial content from commercial organisations (for example, the memories of a shop-owner).
Any questions?Do you need any help with the material you're thinking of adding? Do you need help with writing your story, or help with publishing it to the site? Please see contact us pageAdding Comments
You can also add comments to existing pages: we think the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  However it is not possible to include a photo in a comment, so please contact the editors via, and we will upload your photo to the 'page', with a caption based on information you supply.This page was added by David Hinton on 23/11/2010. Search for links to this page