What Royston Did ...

About the What Royston Did project

The "What Royston Did" project is designed to allow local people to tell their stories and help build a picture of the life and times of Royston, a small market town in Hertfordshire.

The project initially concentrates on the town's involvement in the First World War but other periods of its history will be covered as it takes shape over time. It hopes to make use of information provided by the local population in association with research carried out using independent sources. 

Until the late 19th century the north part of Royston was in Cambridgeshire and the south in Hertfordshire. The town formed the hub of activity for a much larger area which spread into both counties encompassing many of the surrounding villages. This project, therefore, does not limit itself to the town of Royston but also aims to cover activities and stories from its neighbouring populations.

Thank You

The What Royston Did Project team would like to thank everyone who helped to make the events which we have held in the Town over the past three years a success.

In particular, we wish to thank Rev. Heidi Huntley and her team at St. John the Baptist Church for hosting our exhibitions each autumn. This helped us raise the Project’s profile and gave us much needed encouragement.

Our thanks also go to the Royston Museum and Art Gallery for helping us mount these exhibitions and for hosting the Armistice Centenary display this year. Without the resources they provided these exhibitions would not have taken place.

A special thanks goes to Chris Murphy, chairman of the Royston Branch of the Royal British Legion. His vision for the displays which flanked the war memorial in 2018 involved a lot of work to tell the stories and, where available, show photographs of the individuals listed on the memorial from both world wars. Jim Bird of Big Day Graphics who designed and fabricated the display panels deserves a thanks for the final concept and who, together with members of his family, painstakingly put each soldier’s plaque in place. Most important of all though are the people of Royston and those from further afield who came in such numbers to the Remembrance Service and to all the other events with which the What Royston Did Project has been involved since it began four years ago. To all of you, thank you.

The Project team is taking a break from events over the next few months but our website will continue to provide information and will eventually hold pages covering this autumn’s events.

The What Royston Did Team

About the What Royston Did project

The "What Royston Did" project is designed to allow local people to tell their stories and help build a picture of the life and times of Royston, a small market town in Hertfordshire.

The project initially concentrates on the town's involvement in the First World War but other periods of its history will be covered as it takes shape over time. It hopes to make use of information provided by the local population in association with research carried out using independent sources. 

Until the late 19th century the north part of Royston was in Cambridgeshire and the south in Hertfordshire. The town formed the hub of activity for a much larger area which spread into both counties encompassing many of the surrounding villages. This project, therefore, does not limit itself to the town of Royston but also aims to cover activities and stories from its neighbouring populations.

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This section covers Royston’s contribution to the Great War.

It tells of the sacrifices made by some of the men who served, both those who died and those who survived. It also sets out how the town was used during the confict and how it supported the men while at the front and how they were cared for when they returned home injured. 

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Here you will find information on what's new, and upcoming events.

There is also a section letting you know what the project teams have been involved with in the recent past.

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As part of this project we are building a picture of the what life was like in Royston during the global conflicts of the 20th century and how these affected its people.

We'd like to hear from you if you have any information or stories to tell. 

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