Our volunteers continue to help us at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil.
One of the key areas is checking of costume items for possible mould and then re-packing with new acid-free tissue. Somewhere in between, ‘condition’ photographs are taken as a reference point for future condition monitoring. The images are then placed on our Database alongside the individual record, which also helps with accurate documentation and public research visits.
An even simpler, but no less important task is adding missing, vital detail to an item. One recent example was a Yeovil school tie without the length or width on the record. Ten minutes later, we had both recorded, while staff were able to complete other assignments.
Some other recently ‘condition’ checked costume items from the CHAC Collection.
We have enjoyed a busy and involving week at South Somerset District Council Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.
One of the highlights was our recent Photo Afternoon on the subject of schools. During the 2-hour time slot, three people attended and the subject of swimming pools came up with memories of the Yeovil pool completed in 1963.
We had available a photograph album showing the construction of this pool around 1961, with many local landmarks, including Douglas Seaton’s white tower, in the background.
One of these images is reproduced below – showing the “North End of Site – 31st August 1961.”
We would be grateful to hear from anyone with photographs of this swimming pool – inside or out!
We also welcomed 17 members of the Mid-Somerset Curators and Archivists Group on Thursday – many for the first time. A report back on this great occasion in our next BLOG – including the Somerset Relief Map as one of the highlights!
“North end of Site 31 August 1961” Construction of Yeovil Swimming Pool
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We have enjoyed a busy and eventful week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC), near Yeovil.
Highlights have included a talk on the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) from a District Council Colleague for our CHAC Volunteers. We mainly handle names and addresses, but it was good to learn of the implications of the new policies on a personal and institutional level as well as in our own, daily lives.
On Thursday, we welcomed three people on our February Photograph Afternoon, where our theme was ‘School.’ We illustrated the theme with a selection of photographs including an album of Yeovil School, Mudford Road dated 1959, showing various school lessons and activities, like ‘Practical Chemistry’ and ‘The Head Prefect Addressing Assembly.’
We also shared a 1961 colour photograph album of the construction of the swimming pool in Felix Place as one visitor remembered competing in galas there. This also led to clarification of Yeovil’s first ‘swimming baths’ – which we confirmed was a smaller building to the side of the 1963 pool. One visitor recalled his father going to ‘The Baths’ for a morning bath with his bar of soap! – in the time before functioning bathrooms.
Our volunteer also continues to re-pack the costume collection. This involves looking at each costume box in turn; photographing each item within; making a note of any condition issues and re-packing with fresh acid-free tissue.
Staff and Volunteers aim to be at the Museum in Somerset Meeting at the Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury on Monday and are hosting the Mid-Somerset Archivists and Curators Group on Thursday – we aim to report back on how we get on!
Some further items from the CHAC Costume Collection.
At South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, in Artillery Road, Yeovil we care for around 30,000 objects and 6,000 photographs related to our collecting policy of Yeovil and South Somerset.
We always like to create a small contemporary collection related to an important event in Yeovil.
The fourth round Football Association Cup Tie between Yeovil Town and Manchester United was such an event and we wondered if any documents or photographs were available to make a contemporary collection as a record of the occasion, for present Yeovil residents and visitors and for future generations as a donation to the collection.
We would be delighted to hear from you. (01935) 462886
One of the great aspects about being the co-ordinator at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre is the variety of sources we have available to assist the public with enquiries.
These include objects, documents and photographs but as staff are learning through the help of our volunteers, another valuable source is the wonderful selection of costume. This features a notable array of banners and samplers, which are currently being checked for condition and re-packed.
The two examples are from a set of four school house banners from Grass Royal Secondary School in the period 1939-1971 and we understand were made by school teacher and archery champion, Marion Felix.
In another request for information, can anyone tell us what happened to the canon or Howitzer gun that used to be in Bides Gardens. We have at least one photograph that shows the canon at the Princes Street entrance to Bides Gardens, possibly in the 1950s – therefore suggesting it was not melted down for the ‘War Effort.’
With the historic FA Cup Tie between Yeovil Town Football Club and Manchester United tomorrow on Friday 26th January 2018, we have recently received a timely donation from a Yeovil source.
The copy of a black and white image shows a group photograph of a football team. The evidence of the kit and the football itself suggest this is early; perhaps even pre-dating our current earliest image of a Yeovil Football Team – The Yeovil Casuals from around 1905.
We would be grateful for any information, particularly if anyone recognises the location in the background – or any relatives in the team.
Interestingly, the gentleman on the far left has a medal of some kind pinned to his jumper and is holding a small cup or trophy and the gentleman on the far right is also holding a cup.
Please also let us know of any copyright claims.
The 2018 Yeovil Calendar is still available – now at £3.00 each!
We have enjoyed a busy and exciting time at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil, Somerset.
With the prospect of Yeovil Town Football Club playing Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA-Cup, this highlighted a few items from the CHAC Collection.
Interestingly, our volunteers selected ‘Football’ as one of the first themes for our new display case and this prompted staff to find a programme when Yeovil Town previously played Manchester United in the 2014/15 Season.
The FA Cup tie also revealed a 1948 aerial image of the famous sloping pitch at Huish and photographs of Yeovil Town Supporters “Up frum Zummerset” when Yeovil Town played Manchester United in the 1948 Season. Yeovil Town had previously beaten Sunderland.
One of our recent donations was also a great connection. This is a photograph of Robbins Gloving Factory Ladies Football Team, we believe around the mid-1930s. ‘Tink’ Robbins Gloving Factory was in Alexandra Road, Yeovil and Tink Robbins is in the back row of the image. We are grateful for this donation, particularly as it contrasts markedly with the Robbins Gloving Factory workers group photograph.
The Robbins Gloving Factory Workers, believed to be outside the Factory in Alexandra Road, Yeovil.
The Robbins Gloving Factory Ladies Football Team Group Photograph – note the attention to detail with the ‘Robin.’ Kelly’s Directory lists the spelling of the Company as “Robbin.”