Our Heritage Hero John

John Lee with his new Heritage Hero badge and certificate

This week, the Hertfordshire Association of Museums, Heritage Hero award was presented to individuals from museums across the county to recognise the wonderful work they have done supporting museums and communities. One of the recipients was our very own John Lee.

John has been an invaluable asset to our museum, dedicating countless hours over the past 14 years to various tasks, including building exhibitions, speaking to people about our heritage across different audiences and maintaining the building and the collection within it. His passion for our museum and its mission is evident in all that he does. He is always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it be for a special event or day-to-day operations.
John built a real-life replica (to scale) of the Ivory Tower, a very well-known local landmark, for our Hidden Histories: Kodak Exhibition. Using architectural drawings, John built the tower from MDF. It became the centrepiece of our exhibition, on to which people could add their own memories of Kodak in Hemel Hempstead using post-it notes.

John stands grining in front of the completed kodak tower. he wear a red tshirt under a beige coloured jacket. he looks very proud
The completed Ivory Tower for our Hidden Histories of Kodak exhibition of 2019
john is looking down wearing a t shirt. he is outside in front of mdf board cut into pieces and three large pieces are being connected into right angles.
The Ivory Tower being cut and put together prior to our Hidden Histories of Kodak exhibition in 2019











John played an instrumental part in our 2018 project to create an art installation of 1,087 origami doves. These doves were all folded by the local community to commemorate the end of the First World War. John not only helped people to fold the doves, but he also helped with the final installation in an empty shopping unit.

john sits at a table in front of a young boy. they are both looking down at the table at johns hands where he is showing a folded piece of paper.
Showing a young visitor how to fold a dove for our Commemorating Peacetime in Dacorum exhibition in 2018
john is standing with his back to the camera, holding a tall silver ladder. in the background you can see the blue coloured backdrop of mdf and some white paper origami doves hanging from the ceiling. the white of the doves is in complete contrast to the blue of the backdrop
Building the art installation of origami doves within the The Marlowes Shopping Centre for our Commemorating Peacetime in Dacorum exhibition in 2018











In addition to his hard work, John is a joy to work with. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious, and he has become an integral part of our museum family. We are truly grateful for the time and effort he has devoted to Dacorum Heritage – and we were delighted to nominate him for this award.
I’m sure you’ll join us as we congratulate John on this achievement.


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