The Dacorum Heritage Trust (DHT) is the Accredited Museum for the area of Dacorum. However, unlike traditional museums with public galleries, it exists as a museum store with visiting by appointment. Due to this fact, the staff and volunteers at DHT have to think quite creatively about ways to take objects and stories out into the community, in order to successfully share our local history.
DHT is based in a converted fire station in Berkhamsted where it houses in excess of 110,000 artefacts relating to the history of the Borough. The collection is varied and includes paintings, photographs, documents, archaeology and textiles as well as many local and social history artefacts. It covers a wide time period from Neolithic times (around 6,000 years ago), through to the present day and gives a wonderful insight into the long history and culture of the Dacorum area.
As a Strategic Partner of Dacorum Borough Council, DHT is committed to raising the profile of Arts and Heritage within the Borough. Since its formation in 1979, the Trust has offered affordable, inclusive arts and heritage activities to encourage children, young people, families, local community groups including Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter (DENS), sheltered housing units, care homes and Age Concern to take an active interest in their heritage.
View our constituent local history societies.
Museums give children experiences that enrich and build upon classroom teaching and learning. Bringing museum artefacts into schools instantly changes the dynamics of the usual learning environment and gives teachers the opportunity to reach and engage with pupils in new and different ways.
Bring classes to life with resources and workshops from the Dacorum Heritage Trust. Contact us to find out more about our education programme or to discuss tailoring a session to meet the needs of your group.
Adults who visited museums as children with their parents are more likely to bring their families to a museum. Engaging a family audience through innovative activities encourages conversation, inter-generational learning and the enjoyment of shared wisdom and knowledge.
In partnership with Hertfordshire Library Service, DHT runs drop-in family activities around the Borough during school holidays and for national initiatives. Look out for forthcoming activities on our Events page.