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Social History Collection

J H Buckingham - "The Michaelmas Fair, St Albans, 1852."

J H Buckingham - "The Michaelmas Fair, St Albans, 1852."

The social history collections comprise a wide range of objects relating to the development of St Albans over the centuries.

From Saxon coins to Millennium badges, we aim to represent all aspects of local life in the collections. We collect very selectively focusing on objects with a particular connection to the St Albans district. Objects made in the district are of special interest to us.

Crisp packet from Warwick's Fish shop, St Albans, 1930s.

Crisp packet from Warwick's Fish shop, St Albans, 1930s.

Prints, watercolours and drawings also feature stongly within the collections. Most of these works are topographical in nature, depicting different aspects of the district. The collection is particularly strong on local views by Frederic Kitton (1856 - 1904), John Henry Buckingham (1800-1881) and EA Phipson (1854-1931).

Local maps, leaflets and pamphlets, many from the Lewis Evans Collection, also feature.

There are over 5,000 photographs, slides and postcards within the collections and again the majority of these depict local people and places. We are always interested to borrow local photographs and copy them for our collections.

As well as collecting objects and photographs we also collect memories for our oral history sound archive.