The Herts at War Exhibition is now open

31st May 2019

Following a very successful year in Letchworth Garden City and 5-months in Sawbridgeworth we have now launched our latest exhibition at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. 

Stretching across nine separate locations on the museum site and covering an area four times the size of our previous exhibitions, the new site offers a comprehensive and interactive look at life in hitchin and Hertfordshire during the Great War. 

We are open on the following times and dates: 

Fridays: 10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 10am - 4pm
Sundays: 2pm - 5pm

Our address is:

The Herts at War Exhibition
British Schools Museum
41-42 Queen Street, Hitchin, Herts

In addition to the main exhibition, we are also able to offer a FREE Research service, where you can speak to one of our historians and find out about your own history in the Great War. 

As a community founded non-profit project we rely on our fantastic supporters and volunteers to continue to drive the project forward. We are now looking for volunteers who would like to help staff the exhibition, conduct first hand research and assist members of the public with enquiries. If you would like to be involved, or want to know more then why not email us at

Herts at War is a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War. The project aims to uncover the untold stories of the county’s men and women, both on the fighting front and the home front, and commemorate these individuals a century on from the conflict.

By looking at the experiences of the people of Hertfordshire, recording and re-telling those stories, we will raise awareness of how the war had a far wider impact on everyday life for each and every citizen that lived through that time.

Whether it be a soldier fighting on the frontline, a Zeppelin Raid on a county town, a Conscientious Objector harangued in the street or an anxious mother waiting for a child that would never return, these experiences shaped and changed both the county and the country as we know it today. It is these experiences that the Herts at War team will highlight and preserve for future generations. This project, led by the community, for the community, will form a platform for remembrance throughout Hertfordshire during the centenary of the single most devastating conflict in British history.

Through this website, a pop-up museum exhibition, live events and bespoke battlefield tours we hope to bring the forgotten story of the war back to the county.

The Herts at War website has been created as an ongoing project where members of the public will be able to actively participate in the development of the site. We are looking for people just like you who would like to do some research or tell a family story. We already have a small dedicated team who will be uploading information as the project progresses. So please check back on a regular basis to see how the project continues to grow. By the end of the centenary in 2018 this website is expected to house information on tens of thousands of individuals who served their country and had a connection to Hertfordshire. For regular updates please join us on Twitter and Facebook at the top of the page.