The Community Heritage Access Centre near Yeovil held its first “Photo Afternoon” on Thursday 15th January 2015 between 2pm and 4pm. This event was advertised through a display in Yeovil Library Window and we asked people to ‘book on’ so we knew names and numbers attending.
The event itself was very simple to organise, with a random selection of boxes from our photographic collection and our ‘Walk Books’ showing Yeovil in the 1960’s.
This selection proved very rewarding for all those present and two visitors knew each other but did not know they had both booked to attend the same event! One of the best stories of the afternoon was a daughter that had seen the event and informed her parents through their Christmas card, which they placed on their Christmas tree and opened on Christmas Day! At the end of the activity, they also confirmed the afternoon was one of their best Christmas presents.
The Photo Afternoon came about as a simple answer to a requirement from our newly achieved Accreditation Status for CHAC to be open 20 days a year. We are always open regularly, but this was under a specific, booked theme. The Photo Afternoon worked well and was simple to organise and is therefore something we hope to repeat. Our next scheduled event is due to be an Archaeological Finds Afternoon on Wednesday 4th March 2015 – booking essential!
An enjoyable afternoon with a selection of the photographic collection – so many memories!