What’s On at HALS?

Hertfordshire Red Books at the Garden History Museum

A major exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Humphrey Repton has opened at the Garden History Museum in Lambeth. Twenty-four original Red Books,  including those for Panshanger House and Tewin Water House (from HALS), are on display.  The Red Books were a marketing tool used by Repton to show his landscape designs to clients. To mark this anniversary, we are offering a discount on our Repton publications during November.


Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies at HCC Volunteering Awards

On 25 October, Hertfordshire County Council held its volunteering awards celebrating the contributions of all Hertfordshire’s volunteers. HALS volunteers were recognized in three categories:

Best Young Volunteer went to Daniel Cole, for helping digitize our collections. Sheila White, who has supported the archives for over 13 years, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award. Buffy Ord was nominated for the Outstanding Star award for the work she has contributed over the years. You can find out about volunteering opportunities on our webpages.


#Explore Your Archive

HALS and Hertfordshire Libraries are supporting the Archive and Records Association’s nationwide campaign to raise awareness of archives. Throughout November, you will find events and exhibitions across the county, showcasing the breadth of our collections.  Find #EYA events near you on our website.

Readers Tickets: New Scheme Coming Soon

Please note that County Archive Research Network (CARN) scheme will end on 30 November this year.  HALS will however continue to accept valid CARN tickets as proof of identity until they expire.  From 01 December, we will be introducing our own scheme.   We Check our webpages for information on this by the end of November.

Events & Exhibitions


Fearless Women: On 24 November at 7pm, we will be holding the first in our series on bold women in Hertfordshire’s History.  This event focuses on St Albans-born Duchess of Marlborough, and is combined with an advance screening of the film The Favourite at WGC Cinema.

Watch the trailer here and order your tickets via the cinema website. Next time you visit HALS, do take a look at our new foyer display, Peace in Hertfordshire: How the County Celebrated the end of the Great War. Visit our webpages to find details of all our events.

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