Oral History

Our nation/country has been shaped by migration, by the movement of peoples, from one community to another, from one country to another. The history and growth of Borehamwood and Elstree is part of that national and international story.

In 1901 Borehamwood and Elstree were small villages with a combined population of approximately 1423.

By 2011, the area had become one of the most populous civil parishes in England, with a combined population of 37,065.

After Watford, Hertsmere is the most diverse District in Hertfordshire. In Elstree, the most diverse ward in the Borough, 20% of the population are not from a White British or Irish background. (Source: "Diversity in Hertfordshire and Districts Report") This series of interviews tells the stories of the men and women who came to settle in the area, seeking employment, housing, a refuge from war and persecution: a new and better life.

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