Hertfordshire Voices

Are you interested to know what the people of Hertfordshire were doing at this time of year in the past?

We have delved into the archives and taken extracts from diaries and letters to transport you back in time to various points in history and give you an insight into what life was really like here in Hertfordshire.

Each diary/letter-writer has been given a voice by one of the Herts Memories volunteers: you can play the audio clips we recorded on each page to bring the writing to life.

We will be adding further extracts every month throughout the year.

Category link: An Officer's Diary
An Officer's Diary
Normandy Landing and afterwards, June 1944 onwards
Category link: Hellier Gosselin's Diaries
Hellier Gosselin's Diaries
Covering his mayoral terms, 1897-1899
Category link: Hertfordshire and The Civil War
Hertfordshire and The Civil War
Documents and Letters
Category link: The Diaries of Elinor Ritchie, 1914 to 1918
The Diaries of Elinor Ritchie, 1914 to 1918
Audio footage of extracts from First World War entries
Category link: THE LETTERS OF WILLIAM BAKER - MP AND GENTLEMAN
THE LETTERS OF WILLIAM BAKER - MP AND GENTLEMAN
Extracts from family letters, containing comment on family life, local history and conditions and national and international events during the early 19th Century
Category link: The Diaries of Mrs Louisa Arrowsmith, 1822 - 1831
The Diaries of Mrs Louisa Arrowsmith, 1822 - 1831
Audio footage of extracts from Louisa's diaries
Category link: John Edwin Cussans
John Edwin Cussans
Historian of Hertfordshire
Category link: The Diaries of Lady Cowper
The Diaries of Lady Cowper
The diaries of a Hertfordshire lady at the court of King George I
Category link: Antony Lytton
Antony Lytton
Letters of his short life read by his Great Nephew Henry Lytton Cobbold
Category link: The Diary of Benjamin Woodcock, 1837
The Diary of Benjamin Woodcock, 1837
Master, Barnet Workhouse
Category link: The Diaries of John Carrington, 1798 - 1810
The Diaries of John Carrington, 1798 - 1810
Audio footage of the "Hertfordshire Pepys"
Category link: The Weather Diary of Sir John Wittewronge, 1684-89
The Weather Diary of Sir John Wittewronge, 1684-89
Audio footage of extracts from Sir John's diaries
Category link: The Diaries of Henry Lomas of Watford, 1826
The Diaries of Henry Lomas of Watford, 1826
Audio footage of extracts from Henry's diaries
Category link: The Diaries of Arthur Peck of Hertford, 1860-1861
The Diaries of Arthur Peck of Hertford, 1860-1861
Audio footage of extracts from Arthur's diaries
Category link: The Daybook of Frederick Thomas Chennels, 1872
The Daybook of Frederick Thomas Chennels, 1872
Audio footage of extracts from Frederick's daybook
Category link: The Letters of Julian Grenfell, 1914
The Letters of Julian Grenfell, 1914
Audio footage of extracts from Julian's letters
Category link: The Diaries of Ann Couzens, 1958-1962
The Diaries of Ann Couzens, 1958-1962
Audio footage of Ann reading extracts of her diaries
 

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