Our Annual General Meeting
On 2 November 2023, Dacorum Heritage (DH) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Berkhamsted Town Hall. Attended by DH’s Board and Members, the AGM discussed and approved our Annual Report and Financial Statements, which were also independently examined.
We were pleased to approve the appointment of Khaled Galal as our new Director of Communications and Cllr William Allen as our new Director and Dacorum Borough Council Liaison.
Khaled brings decades of experience in communications in arts and culture. He has worked on projects across the UK and the Middle East, with large organisations such as the European Union, Amnesty International, and the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Cllr Allen is the Mayor of Dacorum and serves as a committee member for the Boxmoor Good Neighbours and as a trustee for Community Action Dacorum. He is a history teacher and sixth form lead at Roman Fields Academy.
Learn more about our new team members here.
Dacorum Heritage Open Meeting
Our Annual Open Meeting was held immediately after our AGM. This was a chance for the public to look at DH’s great work over the past year and our plans for the year to come. We reported on the unveiling of our 30th anniversary artwork, which is currently on display at the Forum in Hemel Hempstead. We shared our refreshed Strategic Aims, which explain how we keep Collections, Communities and Sustainability at the heart of our work. Our Strategic Aims can be read here and downloadable below.
We were thrilled to announce our successful application to the National Lottery Heritage Resilience Fund and to introduce The Dacorum Heritage 30:30 Project. This project will analyse our current cultural offer and map out our future needs and development opportunities. The project will involve the input of several consultancies to help us create a Statement of Requirements for the premises that would be needed for DH to operate effectively. We look forward to sharing more details as this project picks up speed.
We then reported on our public engagement activity from the past year. This included our 30th anniversary, which we marked with a social media showcase of 30 objects from the collection and by unveiling a new piece of artwork, involving these objects, created by artist Marli Jessop. This year we received the Hertfordshire Association of Museums Inclusion Award and developed our website to continue to engage with more audiences. With the support of the Royal Society, we also released a new loan box ‘The science behind… fireworks’ for schools to create a fun and informative lesson based on Dacorum’s history of firework production. 2023 was also a busy year for our education outreach programme. We ran heritage crafts workshops for local Scouts groups, hosted two work experience students, and supervised a university work placement student who created our first online exhibition, ‘The Ovaltine Girl and her advertising journey.’
We provided an overview of our collections activity, which has involved continued work to digitise our collection of Ovaltine films and photography through funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation. We have also been steadily reviewing our collection documentation and procedures in anticipation of our museum re-accreditation. We were pleased to report that we have obtained a number of new acquisitions in line with our Collections Development Policy: First World War and Boer War Medals; a late 20th century Girl Guide uniform; the ‘Doves’ community artwork to commemorate 100 years since the end of First World War ; and our 30th anniversary artwork. In the coming year, we will continue to digitise our Ovaltine collection, develop our Documentation Manual, and improve the storage of our collection.
Documents as downloads