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
(C) South Somerset District Council, Community Heritage Access Centre, not to be reproduced without permission (01935) 462886
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.
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!
Image Courtesy of South Somerset District Council, Heritage Service.
Our December image comes from the 2018 Yeovil Calendar – we would be grateful to hear from anyone with memories of Plummer Roddis Ltd, King George Street, Yeovil.
Thank you to everyone that has helped and supported South Somerset District Council Community Heritage Access Centre in 2017.
Best wishes for Christmas time.
We have enjoyed a busy and exciting week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil.
We started last week at St James’ Church Christmas Fair, with our 2018 Yeovil Calendar. The Fair was well organised with a ‘Calendar’ place setting already waiting for us and very helpful church members. There was a good mix of stalls and refreshments on hand for visitors. This welcoming atmosphere helped us to achieve a good result with the calendars and explain about CHAC’s role in the community.
We were particularly thankful to meet several new Yeovil residents and share some photographs of the town in the 1960s.
Our next event will be “Stick, Stamp and Print!” at Yeovil Library on Saturday 9th December 2017 from 10.30am – 12.00pm.
We unable to attend in person, but will be creating a display board illustrating aspects of Yeovil’s newspaper and print industry heritage, including Snell’s Printers and The Western Gazette.
We also thought people would like to see this image of the Western Gazette composing room in the early 1960s….
And the Percy Winsor Display of Massey Ferguson tractors and combine harvester at the 1958 Yeovil Show, which is featured in the 2018 Yeovil Calendar. (c) (Commercial Camera Craft)
Image (c) South Somerset District Council Heritage Team (01935) 462886 – Please do not reproduce without permission.
For our BLOG this week, from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, we feature a photograph from the 2018 Yeovil Calendar – this has caused some interest as quite a bit has changed!
Can any one guess the name of the road in Yeovil from the early to mid 1970s? There are a few visual clues!
As always, please let us know any memories evoked by the photograph.
The 2018 Yeovil Calendar is now available at £6.00 each from Yeovil Tourist Information Centre, SSDC Brympton Way Reception and The Emporium, Princes Street, Yeovil
and the Community Heritage Access Centre!