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Meeting of Memories

We have enjoyed a busy and eventful week at South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

So far, we have welcomed two District Council Colleagues on tours of the Centre. This was especially useful for staff as one tour highlighted the treadle sewing machines, which brought to mind a relative’s role as an outworker in the local gloving industry. The second tour revealed an interest in aerial photographs, so the 1948 black and white aerial image of Huish Football Ground and the colour image of Reckleford were of particular interest. Intriguingly, the Reckleford image showed a completed Yeovil Hospital, so was after 1973, but still showed the Huish Football Ground, so was therefore taken before 1992.

One of the key elements Centre staff expressed was the Collecting Policy and how this has become much more stringent over the years! We also explained the constant reminder that objects are from the public, for the benefit of the whole community.

We also met our prospective Work Experience Student for two days in July this year. Like the two staff tours, they were also surprised by the range of objects cared for at the centre.

All three tours raised what may seem simple questions, but are important to follow-up. These included: “What type of handle is that on the Denner and Stiby Knife”; “Is William Wyndham, the provider of Yeovil’s first Museum related to the Wyndham in ‘Wyndham Hill’ and “Can you loan dresses out to a film company for extra income?”

The last question is covered by our Accreditation standards and the original agreement signed by the donor of the item. Other ethical issues raised by the question need more consideration, to be ready for future tours.

We also enjoyed a co-incidental meeting of memories recently, when two separate enquiries shared a connection to the Ship Café in Earl Street, Yeovil. One enquirer’s relatives owned or worked in the Café and the second enquirer remembers going in for refreshments. We hope to unite the two enquirers today at 3pm. We aim to report back on progress next time!

We also completed the W.H. Slade, Glenville Road Glove Company Enquiry this week, by scanning two planning documents; one from 1920 and a second from 1952 – aspects of which are reproduced below.

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In the 1910 Kelly’s Directory, Henry Slade are listed in Reckleford, Yeovil.

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This is the proposed new Factory Site in Glenville Road, Yeovil. The plan is dated 31st January 1920.

Explore Your Archive

A busy and involving week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

The Celebrating Yeovil Calendar 2017 continues to do well thanks to our helpers, including The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street and The Emporium, Princes Street.

The main focus of our BLOG this week is to highlight the tours we have planned as part of Explore Your Archive Week. Details of which are below!

Explore Your Archive Week

As part of Explore Your Archive Week

The Community Heritage Access Centre, Artillery Road, Yeovil, BA22 8RP

will be holding two Afternoon Tours on

Friday 25th November 2016

2.00pm – 3.00pm

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Maximum of 20 people per tour

Booking is essential

Please contact (01935) 462886

Or email: heritage.services@southsomerset.gov.uk

Refreshments available : £2.50

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One of our recently scanned photographs.

Very Well Preserved

Another busy, varied and intriguing week since our last post from South Somerset District Council’s  Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

Following our Finds Afternoon, we held our Photo Afternoon, where members of the public book a place to view photographs from the collection. This has proven to be very successful, especially where a variety of people with different backgrounds attend. One of the most notable elements are the discussions between visitors who have lived in Yeovil all their lives and relatively new people to the area. We are fascinated in the way the former can fill in detail for the latter, especially as they actually lived through and experienced the streets and shops shown in the images.

On Friday, we hosted an evening tour for the Yeovil Archaeology and Local History Society (YALHS) with 12 members attending. This was a great opportunity for staff to show and share the many and varied collections in the environmentally controlled stores and to highlight the parameters which govern the collecting policy. One particular example was accurate documentation and location of objects within the store and how we find them for enquiries. Staff likened this to the scene from Carry On Loving, where the dating agency typed the required characteristics of a person in one side of the dating computer and the resulting matches came out the other side!        We also had interest in our Yeovil Calendar and First World War Booklet.

Monday night saw staff attend the South Somerset Agricultural Preservation Club (SSAPC) Presentation Evening, where trophies were awarded from the annual Yesterday’s Farming Event, organised by the Club. We took along a display related to The First World War in South Somerset; Transport around Yeovil and images from the 2015 Yesterday’s Farming Event – plus a few small toy cars, buses and lorries!

All in all – very well-preserved.

Part of our display from the SSAPC Presentation Evening

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