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Newsletter number 2 – January 2020

Welcome​​ to our second newsletter, in which we tell you about the considerable progress that has been made towards providing a permanent home in which​​ to store and exhibit the considerable archive of documents, photographs, pictures, memorabilia and recordings and transcripts of interviews with local residents.

We now have a​​ building​​ at the bottom of the garden behind the Radlett Village Institute. The​​ building was constructed to our specification by Portable Offices and the groundworks and services were put in place by local housebuilders Griggs Homes. The photographs show the cabin being transported at dawn onto the site, it being lifted by crane onto​​ the pre-prepared ground and it in its permanent position. Behind it is a shed, which provides overflow storage.

We are​​ grateful​​ to: the providers of the necessary grants with which to fund the project; to the Trustees of the Radlett Village Institute for providing us with a ten year lease and to Portable Offices and Griggs for their patience in accommodating our initial requirements and subsequent variations.

We now move onto​​ the next phase​​ in which we will:

  • Fit out the interior of the building. A small kitchenette, lighting and air conditioning was incorporated into the bespoke cabin. A small team of Trustees will now, with the assistance of Hertsmere’s Museums Officer and Dave Armitage from the Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, decide and acquire what is needed to store and exhibit our archives.

  • Landscape the area around the building.

  • Design signs for the building and for the entrance to the site. Griggs have generously volunteered to have them made and pay for them.

  • Continue to catalogue and digitise​​ our archives.

  • Continue to interview long-term local residents about their memories of Radlett past.

  • Continue to improve and update our website (

  • Plan a formal Grand Opening followed by a​​ weekend event when members of the public will be invited to meet us in the museum building and, hopefully, sign up to support us*. ​​ 

  • Plan what should be displayed first in the Museum.

  • Plan the forthcoming fund-raising events, in particular a follow-up to​​ the successful Quiz Supper held in March 2019. We hope that the quizmaster will be a very well-known celebrity. We also plan to apply for another Charity night at The Abbey Theatre in St Albans.

  • Setting up a “Friends of the Radlett and District Museum”​​ group. For a modest annual subscription, members will be given certain privileges.

  • Decide on the initial opening days and times

  • Forge links with the local primary schools

Vital for the success of the Museum will be adding new *volunteers​​ to our existing list, who will help with: cataloguing; planning and setting up displays; maintaining the building; keeping the website up to date, acting as hosts when the Museum is open; organising fund-raising ​​ events; etc. We will advertise our Opening date very soon and​​ look forward to a good response.

Also vital for success is to have a diverse​​ Board of Trustees​​ which will drive​​ the project forward.​​ We are looking to add a couple of new trustees and welcome applications from those interested. We are particularly keen to​​ achieve a better age and gender balance and also representation from the other villages and hamlets of Aldenham parish. If you feel that you could make a positive contribution, please contact the Chairman of Trustees, Stuart Nagler, at​​

The final key to our ongoing success is to continue to acquire​​ items of historical​​ interest​​ and the necessary​​ funds​​ to cover annual costs and complete the fitting out of the cabin. Stuart Nagler is the​​ contact for possible exhibits. Offers of donations and/or legacies (under GIFT AID where appropriate) should be directed to our Treasurer, David Mitchell, at​​


Previous Newsletter, #1,  May 2019: