May Local History Month

1 May – 31 May 2024 at Hatfield Library 

Our Society will exhibit a  display at Hatfield Library for the whole of May as part of their Local History Month. Committee members will be present on Saturday 11 May to answer any questions and perhaps attract a few visitors to become members.



The Greatest Story Ever Told, Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917

11 September 2023, 7-9pm, at the Hatfield social Club, 76 Gt. North Rd. Hatfield,  AL9 5ER

As a departure from Hatfield Local History Society’s usual local-history focus we have invited Geoff Selley FRGS to talk about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 1914-17. 

Geoff Selley is the current custodian of this talk which has been handed down in direct succession from Dr Hussey, one of the original expedition members.  To compliment the talk there will be original surviving artefacts on display.

See poster below.  Free tea & coffee will be available or drinks can be purchased from the bar.





















Rock Around the Block Exhibition

25 May – 3 September 2023

Mill Green Museum and Mill

Bush Hall Lane Mill green Hatfield AL9 5PD

Following on from the very successful book ‘Rock Around the Block – half a century of popular music associated with Hatfield’ by Jon Brindle there will be an exhibition exploring the development of pop music in Hatfield 1940 – 1980. The exhibition highlights local musicians, bands, venues, with musical instruments and memorabilia from the time.    01707 357850

Albert Monk c 1972

The Harmonica Blueboys

Splendour and Scandal

A talk on the history of Brocket Hall, Lemsford.

At Mill Green Museum and Mill, 6pm, Thurs 27 April 2023.  Tickets £8.40  with a glass of wine or soft drink served before the talk.   01707 357850

The Society’s previous events are shown below. See also the Meetings page for our latest programme of meetings, which are held at Hatfield Social Club.

Past Events

May 2022 – Hatfield Library Event 

Hatfield Library held a “History Month” in May, which included a display prepared by our committee, Members of the committee attended in person on the final day (28th May) to greet members of the public who might be interested in Hatfield’s local history and perhaps wish to become members of Hatfield Local History Society.


The Society had a display at Hatfield Library during the month of November 2021, with committee members in attendance on the Library’s “Maps Day”, held on 12 November 2021.




The Covid-19 pandemic severely
disrupted our 2020 & 2021 Events programmes.

Victorian Christmas Fair
Mill Green Museum and Mill
Sunday 24 November 1919, 2-5 p.m.


An Audience with Elizabeth 1
St Etheldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield AL9 5AN
16 November 2019 at 7.00pm


Hertfordshire Association for Local History
Saturday 9th November 2019

For more information visit


Lone Star Exhibition Sunday 29 September 2019

Smallford Station Heritage Day
(off Station Road, Smallford, St Albans, AL4 0HF)

Saturday 14 September 2019

Smallford Station is a unique, 150-year-old, Grade 2 listed building that stands on the Alban Way (the track bed of what used to be the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line). It is owned by a private company and not open to the public.

Here’s an opportunity to meet some of our enthusiastic Society members and –
• see Smallford station and platform
• view some memorabilia and an exhibition illustrating the history of the Station, the Hatfield-St Albans Railway it served and the impact these had on surrounding communities
• share our plans for improving the environment around the station and renovate and install a railway goods van body
• participate in a family-friendly guided walk from Smallford Station to Nast Hyde Halt: less than 1 hour return along a flat, tarmacked foot- and cycle-path and suitable for people of all ages and abilities
• enjoy light refreshments and drinks provided by Colney Heath WI

For the past 6 years, a group of enthusiastic volunteers with a wide range of interests, knowledge and skills (around local history and heritage, railways, nature, walking…) have been researching the history of the Station and Railway and the influence they had on surrounding communities.

We delight in sharing what we’re doing and what we’ve learnt – through our website (, giving presentations, our travelling exhibition, a small range of publications, our Facebook Group.

Guided Walks Smallford-Nast Hyde Halt return: starting at 12.00 noon and 2.00pm

Free Parking A limited number of spaces in the Station Car Park and Station Approach Road

For further information email


Development of the Comet
Hatfield library
Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

As part of Hatfield Festival Week Hatfield Library will be hosting a talk by Alistair Hodgson, Curator of the de Havilland Museum on the development of the Comet the first jet airliner.

Tickets £7.00/concessions £5.00
Call 03300 123 4049 or





“100 Years On” Film
Thursday 25th July 2019
19.30 Weston Auditorium AL10 9EU 

Premiere of the Comet Film & Premiere of Remembrance & Armistice Film. Tickets £10 adults children free but a ticket must be obtained for them. Tickets available from WelHat Chamber of Commerce welcome drinks and buffet included.


Tickets –


Your Hatfield: Memories of living and working in Hatfield.
Hatfield Library, Friday 26 July 11am -3pm

Share your memories and photos with library staff, members of the Our Hatfield website team and Hatfield Local History Society at this free drop in event. See archive images and a new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Comet jet airliner flight.

Call 03300 123 4049





Cresta Couture: Designing fashion inspired by heritage
10 February – 10 November 2018

© ‘Amaryllis’ 1936. Artist Patrick Heron. Produced by Cresta Silks Ltd. Copyright the Estate of Patrick Heron. DACS 2019

A partnership exhibition with the University of Hertfordshire celebrating the innovative and stylish fabrics created by local textile company Cresta Silks from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Original Cresta items from the museum’s collection will be displayed alongside contemporary pieces and designs created by Fashion and Fashion Business students at the University of Hertfordshire who have been inspired by the iconic designs.

Mill Green Mill & Museum, Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD