We have enjoyed a busy and involving week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.
We completed our last NHS 70th Anniversary workshop with the Arts Co-Ordinator for Yeovil Hospital and Hospital Placement Student at Yeovil District Hospital on Tuesday; our volunteers were photographed for Volunteers Week starting at the beginning of June 2018 and we enjoyed a tour with two visitors.
While researching images for our annual calendar, we found the following photograph of the former quarrying equipment at Ham Hill.
Visits and tours always welcome – (01935) 462886 for more details.
With a certain event coming up this weekend, staff at the Community Heritage Access Centre, Yeovil, reflected on previous local Royal occasions.
One of our most enjoyable recent activities was providing a ‘historical reflections’ talk for Queen Camel’s first community evening on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 7.30pm.
The talk was based on the objects and photographs related to Queen Camel cared for at South Somerset District Council Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC).
One of the most popular objects was a case book belonging to District Nurse Bessie Goldney, compiled between 1944 and around 1967, recording births around the Queen Camel district.
This provided a fascinating insight into life at the time – particularly as there were only 5 five cars in the village of Queen Camel at the time and one of these belonged to Bessie!
More on Bessie next time.
Our next NHS 70 Years Anniversary Workshops at CHAC are on the 16th and 17th May 2018 – please contact (01935) 462886 for more information; or Caroline Barnes on (07834) 986 462
District Nurse around Queen Camel – Bessie Goldney photographed around 1944.
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.
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!