Call The Midwife talk aims to inspire memories of Hemel Hempstead’s past

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A LIBRARY and a heritage trust have teamed up with the family of the late author Jennifer Worth to encourage people to tell the community about their memories of Dacorum.

Jennifer’s husband Philip and daughter Suzannah Worth will hold a talk entitled Call The Midwife: Family Life in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday, May 17 at Hemel Hempstead Library from 10.30am.

They will explain how Jennifer’s memoirs of being a midwife in the East End of London during the 1950s came to be a hit BBC television series.

Information services librarian Diane Saletes said: “People living in the East End around that time were moved to new towns when that part of London was cleared out and we know that some of them came here to Hemel Hempstead.

“We want the talk to inspire people to recount their memories of family life in the town and register on the website Our Dacorum so that they can upload their photographs and write about their memories.”

So far 58 people have registered on the site since it launched last year.

Diane said: “Working with Suzannah has given us a wonderful link to the Call The Midwife books and we thought it would be nice if she and her dad did a talk about how it came to be a television series and life in London’s East End.”

A display of the Call The Midwife trilogy, which includes Call The Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End, and photographs from the era are on show at the library in Combe Street.

The talk is free to attend but people must book their place with the library beforehand on 0300 1234049.