A busy and exciting week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council, Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.
So far this week we have received a request for a tour from a work coach at the Hub Yeovil, which came through our contact at The Courtyard Café, 27, Market Street, Yeovil and an intriguing donation of items from Yeovil Town Council.
The objects and photographs from Yeovil Town Council include around 30 photographs of Ian Botham, receiving an award from the Mayor of Yeovil in what is possibly Bucklers Mead School. The images are helpfully dated by the first photograph with the date 27th April 1983 and a film poster for the James Bond Film ‘Octopussy.’
We also received news that the Exhibition part of the ‘Know Your Place’ Project is now touring local libraries. The Community Heritage Access Centre was among the Know Your Place Project Partners along with Bath Central Library, Bath Records Office, The Bishops Palace in Wells, Bradley Stoke Library, Chippenham Museum & History Centre, Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, Corinium Museum, Dean Heritage Centre, Gloucestershire Archives, The Museum in the Park in Stroud, The Museum of Bath at Work, North Somerset Libraries, Radstock Museum, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Museum, South West Heritage Trust, STEAM Museum, Taunton Library, Thornbury & District Museum, Wells and Mendip Museum, The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Town Hall in Weston Super Mare.
C.H.A.C contributed stories on the gloving industry with an illustration of an art work “The Skin Market” and an historical image of local landmark Wyndham Hill featuring a sports day event alongside a photograph of the Hill today.
Know Your Place explore is a cutting-edge digital exhibition which will tour across the West of England giving an insight into the history of the places where we live, work and visit every day.
Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how an area has changed?
For the first time in one place, the stories of the people who lived and worked in the varied landscapes of the West of England will be told together – from Miners in Radstock to Peat-cutters in the Somerset levels, Moonrakers of Devizes to Foresters in the Forest of Dean.
Historic and modern photos of familiar landscapes will show how places have transformed over time and where they have changed little.
The exhibition innovatively combines graphic panels, touchscreens and an online WebApp to feature extraordinary digital material from archives, museums and heritage collections across the West of England. The exhibition has been curated in collaboration with 24 different organisations to select and display digital images, audio and film on a unique online platform.
The exhibition consists of four identical displays touring simultaneously across the region, allowing it to visit 12 venues across six counties during the six months between November 2016 and April 2017. The exhibition will visit a range of museums, libraries and community spaces across the West of England, including: Bradley Stoke Library in South Gloucestershire, Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, Dean Heritage Centre in Gloucestershire, Radstock Museum in Bath & NE Somerset, Weston Town Hall in North Somerset and The Bishops Palace in Somerset. The full list of venues can be found on the project website: www.kypwest.org.uk/exhibition .
The exhibition opens this week at its first four venues: The Glass Box at Taunton Library, Taunton; Bath Central Library, Bath; STEAM Museum, Swindon; and Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, Bristol; and will be accompanied by a programme of public events to be announced shortly.
The exhibition is available online and can be viewed from any smartphone or connected device, making it accessible to those who cannot visit it in person, and available for audiences to revisit again and again at a time that suits them. Visit the exhibition online at: www.KYPexplore.com .
This exhibition is part of Know Your Place – West of England, the digital mapping project to share your neighbourhood’s heritage online through old maps, historic images and heritage data. The Know Your Place platform recently extended to map Wiltshire, Bath & NE Somerset and Gloucestershire, and work is underway to map North Somerset and Somerset in spring 2017. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). To start exploring Know Your Place, visit the project’s website: www.kypwest.org.uk/explore-the-map .
Felicia Davies, Project Officer, Know Your Place – West of England, said: “This exhibition is unique in its ambition, geographical spread, use of digital technology and fantastic partnership with many museums, libraries and archives across the area. We hope the rich and varied stories in the exhibition will help visitors make the connection with their own local heritage and inspire them to explore this further on the Know Your Place digital mapping resource.”
Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From ensuring information held in centuries-old maps is saved for future generations, to making the changing face of our region accessible at the click of a button, Know Your Place is a fantastic partnership of organisations, communities and volunteers. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to support this project which is quite literally putting the West of England’s heritage on the map.”
The Know Your Place West of England project was awarded £379,800 by HLF, with generous match-funding and in-kind support from local authorities and heritage groups within the region, including £5,000 match-funding from lead partner South Gloucestershire Council.
One of the images of Wyndham Hill supplied by C.H.A.C to the Know Your Place Project
Know Your Place Exhibition installed in the Glass Box Taunton Library Nov.2016
(Courtesy of the Know Your Place Project)