We have enjoyed a busy and eventful week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil, Somerset.
One of the main themes so far is the number of visitors attending with local history enquiries.
The first gentleman left a message on our answer phone requesting information on the Summer House, on the top of Summer House Hill. Staff welcomed the enquirer on the same day and together found an aerial image taken in 1961, looking down on the Summer House, which we had not seen before.
The following day, Yeovil Tourist Information Centre telephoned staff as a visitor was travelling back from Cornwall to Ireland and was interested to see the selection of Petter stationary engines cared for at CHAC. The enquirer owned a Petter M-Type stationary engine. The gentleman was dropped off by his daughter and in thirty minutes had not only viewed the stationary engines, but also the Nautilus Grate; Horseless Carriage engine and the Petometer adding machine.
On Wednesday, we shared one of our Volunteer’s birthdays with a visitor from Gloucester, whose Father had a long career in the local gloving industry, especially with Clothier Giles. The lady donated a plaque from the National Union of Glovers Registered Offices (1898); a photograph of Clothier Giles 1938 Carnival Tableau and two photographs of Clothier Giles Premises in 1976, shortly before closure.
Staff knew this visitor was of some renown. This was confirmed when the enquirer said they would write their ‘work address’ in our Visitor Book. After their departure, staff looked and found “House of Lords.”
One of our recently scanned images – does anyone remember these photographs being taken – or know any one of the ‘practising bricklayers?’
We have enjoyed a busy and rewarding week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre.
Monday saw the return of a loans box from Milford Junior School. The request to borrow the box of Victorian, First World War and Second World War material was received with 4 days’ notice. However, all the material was already available and ready to go from our Outreach Store and the small payment for the 1 day loan was gratefully received with a new contact made. We are also grateful to Yeovil Library as the initial contact with the school was made during our Horrible Histories event held on the ground floor of the library.
Wednesday held a tour for members of the United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Yeovil. One member enjoyed seeing the ‘self-assembly’ television with 10 inch (230mm) screen as his family purchased a similar ‘set’ for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 for the princely sum of 96 Guineas or £101 in ‘old money.’
Today sees our next archaeological finds afternoon organised with the help of the Somerset Finds Officer from Taunton. We are particularly excited as this finds event from 2pm-4pm is part of National Archaeology Week (NAW) and is advertised on the NAW website. Therefore, we feel part of the nationwide celebration of archaeology from 15th to 30th July 2017. We even have a NAW poster outside our front door to ‘greet’ people!
We also aim to have our 2018 Yeovil Calendar available shortly.
We have enjoyed a busy and exciting week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil. One of our highlights was helping a work experience student from Preston Academy.
The student enjoyed learning new skills such as entering new records onto our database and being able to learn about some of the local heritage through doing this. One particularly important aspect of this that the student enjoyed was making sure that the information entered was accurate and correct; this is something that is very important when it comes to entering new records.
The student also enjoyed taking a tour around the centre and being shown the various objects that we have here and learning about some of the history behind these objects. Being shown these various objects has also demonstrated to the student how Yeovil has changed over time; not just visually, but culturally as well.
On top of this, the student met many of the volunteers that work here and was shown the various tasks that our volunteers do, such as accessioning and documenting new objects that have arrived. Meeting these new people and working with them has helped the student raise their self-confidence with talking to new people in a new environment which is an important skill to have for any workplace.
This is one of the student’s favourite objects.
We have enjoyed an eventful and intriguing week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.
Enjoyable visits have included researching the construction of the Yeovil Royal Observer Corps Headquarters and finding the required photographs of Denners Department Store and particularly the ‘Choir Boy’ Christmas display of 1961.
One of the fascinating recent donations was a diary from 1941 kept by a lady with a connection to Yeovil Glove Company. However, the primary focus of the diary is recording the lady’s role as a ‘home measurer and fitter of corsets for women.’ This is fascinating to read, especially where there are repeat visits from the same lady or ‘three corsets arrived this week.’ This also makes a striking contrast with the ‘air raid today’ entries.
Our next Finds Afternoon is due to be Thursday 20th July 2017 from 2-4pm. Booking essential please (01935) 462886.