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Dacorum Heritage Trust

2nd of September 1997

The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd (DHT) is a registered charity, limited by guarantee. It is an ‘umbrella organisation comprising representatives from almost all the history and museum and archaeological societies that are established in the Dacorum area. Its headquarters is an old fire-station in Berkhamsted, converted at some expense by the Borough into a museum store. Although it has no museum premises as such, housing permanent displays and with full public access, the Museums and Galleries Commission has just agreed to its registration as a museum.
Registration is a benchmark of excellence indicating to fund holders and other museums that fully approved standards are employed and maintained.
The Museum Store has received a great number of artifacts, large and small, of local interest – either on loan or donated. Dacorum Borough Council is the main fund provider and gives DHT further support from its Heritage Service.
With registration, DHT will now be able to seek out the surplus material relevant to Dacorum that is held by other museums, thereby reversing the ‘heritage drain. This has been one of DHTs long-term
The Trust has a full-time curator, eight directors (all part-time) and a host of volunteers, from local societies working half a day per week and from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies working on a fortnightly basis. The Trust also organises small exhibitions, which tour the libraries, and one major exhibition each year. There is always a need for stewards and ‘shifters.
A quarterly newsletter is also published. Anyone who is interested in further aspects of the Trust is invited to contact the Curator, Mr Matt Wheeler, at The Museum Store, Clarence Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3YL, telephone 01442 879525, or John Nichols on 01923 264208.

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